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R| 1 hr. 44 min.

Plot Summary
In New York City, a criminal gang led by the ruthless "Mr. Blue" (Robert Shaw) hijacks a subway car and threatens to start shooting one passenger per minute unless they receive a million dollars in cash from the city within an hour. On the other end of the line, crusty veteran transit policeman Zachary Garber (Walter Matthau) has his hands full dealing with the mayor's office and his hotheaded fellow cops, while also trying to deliver the ransom before the deadline expires.

Cast: Walter Matthau , Robert Shaw , Martin Balsam , Hector Elizondo , Earl Hindman , James Broderick , Dick O'Neill , Lee Wallace

Director: Joseph Sargent

Genres: Thriller, Crime drama, Action

Distributor: United Artists

The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3 (1974)

Release Date: October 2nd, 1974|1 hr. 44 min.

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  • 70
    TV Guide

    Exciting, suspenseful drama. show more

  • 80
    The New York Times

    Throughout, there's a skillful balance between the vulnerability of New Yorkers and the drastic, provocative sense of comedy that thrives all over our sidewalks. show more

  • 70
    Jessica Winter Village Voice

    Sargent's whole enterprise doubles as a '70s archaeological dig. show more

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