Wednesday, 1 April 2015
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three has immaculate and speedy characterisation; in the first 7 minutes we know everything we need to about each of the hijackers without one of them speaking a word. The cast? You'll be busy going "hey, isn't that..." as this film has some of the greatest character actors around, and Steve, you're right about the soundtrack... sparsely used but Shire brings in some stonking horns and wild percussion when needed!
You may have noticed I've used the term "character" a couple of times? That's because that's what this film has: character. Something the glossy and forgettable Tony Scott remake was sadly lacking. Perfectly paced and chock full of character, grit and killer dialogue, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three is about as 70's New York as you can get.
Sheriff Fatman says watch this film!
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Original letterboxd review