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Dog Day Afternoon. Annie Hall. Taxi Driver. In the pantheon of classic New York films, these three take pride of place. But there are, of course, others, some of which have fallen through the cracks over the years, criminally overlooked and unjustly relegated to commercial-riddled Saturday-afternoon TV broadcasts. Joseph Sargent's The Taking of Pelham One Two Three is just such a picture. This taut 1974 thriller about four armed men who highjack a New York City subway train and hold it and its passengers for ransom may be hopelessly dated (it's loaded with ethnic stereotypes, impossibly wide neckties, and bad hairdos--and there are no explosions!), but that's part of the fun. A gruffly sardonic Walter Matthau heads a fine cast that includes Jerry Stiller, Hector Elizondo, Martin Balsam, and a perfectly villainous pre-Jaws Robert Shaw. Think you'll find a better film that depicts a nearly broke city led by an inept mayor forced to deal with armed terrorists? Fuhgeddaboutit! --Steve Landau

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Widescreen
  • Closed-captioned

Cast

Walter MatthauPolice Lt. Zachary Garber
Robert ShawBernard Grier
Martin BalsamHarold Longman
Hector ElizondoGiuseppe Benvenuto
Earl HindmanGeorge Steever
James BroderickDenny Doyle
Dick O'NeillFrank Correll
Jerry StillerPolice Lt. Rico Patrone
Kenneth McMillanHarry
Doris RobertsJessie
Sal ViscusoPolice Ptl. O'Keefe
Bill CobbsMan on Platform
Tony RobertsWarren LaSalle

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