WALTER MATTHAU, ROBERT SHAW and MARTIN BALSAM lead an all-star cast in this "gripping and exciting" (The Hollywood Reporter) suspense film based on the sizzling best seller by John Godey.
A gang of thugs who have hijacked a subway train near New York's Pelham Station threaten to kill one hostage per minute. Forced to stall the assailants until a ransom is delivered or a rescue made, transit chief Lt. Garber (Matthau) must somehow ad-lib, con and outmaneuver one of the craftiest, cruelest villains (Shaw) ever. It’s a race against time, and no one knows whether things will end heroically or tragically in this pulse-pounding thrill ride!
Cast & Crew
Washington demonstrates his really remarkable ability to make us forget he's a movie star and completely believe he's a flawed but noble civil servant.
Whereas the original, directed by Joseph Sargent, was essentially a well-oiled B movie, the new incarnation, directed by Tony Scott, is bristling with high-tech gimcrackery and over-the-top camera flourishes.
Set in a nightmare New York City, the subway hostage thriller batters our nerves like a tom-tom.
The film does what a good hostage negotiator does: It distracts us from what's going wrong and pulls us into the story.
The new Pelham, although no classic, is a lot of fun if you're in the right mood.
We've been waiting too long for a sharp little urban thriller with a couple of tense scenes and one fine, bold performance. Given the time, we'll grab this express train, happily.
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 has all the usual virtues of a good action suspense drama.