Month: November 2015

SCREENING #10: The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 (1974) – 105 Min.


Four times Emmy Award winner Joseph Sargent’s (1925-2014) legendary hijack thriller incorporates all cinematic achievements by the B-Movies, American New Cinema and television: Shot mostly on the real streets and subways of New York and focusing on a minimal number of underacting characters lead by Walter Matthau as transit police┬álieutenant and British actor Robert Shaw (from “Jaws”) as the villains’ boss, it has a cool, gritty, realistic edge, accentuated by David Shire’s pulsating 12-tone jazz score. This film was remade twice, once as a TV production in 1998, and again in 2009, as feature film with John Travolta and Denzel Washington. It also may have had some influence on the cult hit “The Warriors” (1979), another down-to-earth, straight forward action film set in New York City.

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