Friday, March 31, 2017

The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 (1974) (2009)

In New York City, four men armed with submachine guns and using code names (Mr. Blue, Mr. Green, Mr. Grey, and Mr. Brown) and wearing similar disguises, board the Downtown-bound 6 subway train at different station stops. The men take seventeen passengers and the conductor hostage, isolate them in the train's first car and then separate the car from the rest of the train.

Directed byJoseph Sargent
Produced byEdgar J. Scherick
Screenplay byPeter Stone
Based onThe Taking of Pelham One Two Three
by John Godey
StarringWalter Matthau
Robert Shaw
Martin Balsam
Hector Elizondo
Music byDavid Shire
CinematographyOwen Roizman
Edited byGerald B. Greenberg
Robert Q. Lovett
Palomar Pictures
Palladium Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
October 2, 1974
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$5 million
Box office$18.7 million



A man calling himself Ryder hijacks Pelham 123, a New York City Subway 6 train that departed from Pelham Bay Park station at 1:23 p.m. Ryder is accompanied by three other heavily armed men: Bashkim, Emri and former train operator Phil Ramos. They uncouple the front car from the rest of the train and take the passengers hostage. MTA employee Walter Garber is working the Rail Control Center as a train dispatcher and receives a ransom call from Ryder, who demands $10 million in cash be paid within 60 minutes. Ryder warns that every minute past the deadline they force him to wait, he will execute a hostage.

Directed byTony Scott
Produced by
  • Tony Scott
  • Todd Black
  • Jason Blumenthal
  • Steve Tisch
Screenplay byBrian Helgeland
Based onThe Taking of Pelham One Two Three
by John Godey
  • Denzel Washington
  • John Travolta
  • John Turturro
  • James Gandolfini
Music byHarry Gregson-Williams
CinematographyTobias A. Schliessler
Edited byChris Lebenzon
  • Relativity Media
  • Scott Free Productions
  • Escape Artists
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • June 12, 2009
Running time
106 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$100 million
Box office$150.2 million

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