The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

Friday, August 4
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1hr 44mins // directed by:Joseph Sargent // featuring:Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Hector Elizondo // 35mm

Screen legends Walter Matthau (The Laughing Policeman) and Robert Shaw (Jaws) team up with Martin Balsam and Hector Elizondo to deliver a sure-fire entertainment that's gripping and exciting from beginning to end and is guaranteed to give you the ride of your life.

A gang of armed professionals hijack a New York subway train somewhere outside the Pelham station threatening to kill one hostage per minute unless their demands are met. Forced to stall these unknown assailants until a ransom is delivered or a rescue is made, transit chief Lt. Garber (Matthau) must shrewdly outmaneuver one of the craftiest and cruelest villains (Shaw) in a battle of wits that will either end heroically or tragically.

Featuring masterful direction by Joseph Sargent (White Lightning), gorgeous widescreen cinematography by Owen Roizman (The French Connection), a classic rousing score by David Shire (The Conversation) and top-notch editing by Jerry Greenberg (Apocalypse Now) and Robert Q. Lovett (Cotton Comes to Harlem).