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The Taking of Pelham 123Movie lovers have inexplicably strong ? attachments to certain films. Take 1974's The Taking of Pelham One Two Three — a caper set in NYC...The Taking of Pelham 123Mystery and ThrillerRMovie lovers have inexplicably strong ? attachments to certain films. Take 1974's The Taking of Pelham One Two Three — a caper set in NYC...2009-10-28Gbenga AkinnagbeJames GandolfiniLuis GuzmanJohn TurturroGbenga Akinnagbe, James Gandolfini, Luis Guzman, John TurturroColumbia Pictures
Denzel Washington, The Taking of Pelham 123

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The Taking of Pelham 123

Genre: Mystery and Thriller; Starring: John Travolta, Denzel Washington, Gbenga Akinnagbe, James Gandolfini, Luis Guzman, John Turturro; Director: Tony Scott; Author: Brian Helgeland; Release Date Wide: 06/12/2009; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Movie lovers have inexplicably strong ? attachments to certain films. Take 1974’s The Taking of Pelham One Two Three — a caper set in NYC when it was apparently a cesspool populated by slobby civil servants like Walter Matthau. Tony Scott’s slick remake, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, scraps everything but the crackerjack premise: A psycho hijacks a subway train, holding passengers for ransom. Where the original was silly, Scott’s take is suspenseful, due in part to Denzel Washington’s weary dispatcher and John Travolta’s neck-tattooed baddie. EXTRAS include making-of featurettes and a chatty commentary from Scott, who calls the original ”dumb.” B+

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