The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three


A nervy thriller propelled by a sleazy funk score

Joseph Sargent’s subway thriller has such a watertight premise it’s been remade twice – most recently, Tony Scott’s bombastardisation.

None of which detracts from the original’s quality: a nervy thriller propelled by a sleazy funk score, drenched in the sweaty intensity of grizzled crims Robert Shaw and Martin Balsam.

It’s one of the great NYC movies, a snapshot of a troubled city pre-clean up. Everybody from wisecracking hostages to jittery authorities has an opinion; only Walter Matthau’s transport cop keeps a level head and listens.

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