Saturday, April 19, 2008

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (Joseph Sargent, 1974)

****
USA



The way that most shady movie foreigners decide to hijack planes and banks and such, marvelous enunciator Robert Shaw and his uneducated crew take control of a subway train and demand $1m of the NYC mayor in exactly one hour. Walter Matthau is stuck negotiating between them. The nerve-wracking tension is flavoured with satirical jabs that at times come off a tad glib given the circumstances. But the plot is addictive.

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