• The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

    1974. USA. Joseph Sargent. 104 min.

Thursday, June 12, 2008, 6:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

    1974. USA. Directed by Joseph Sargent. Screenplay by Peter Stone, based on the novel by John Godey. Music by David Shire. With Robert Shaw, Walter Matthau, Martin Balsam, Hector Elizondo. Adored and emulated by Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher, and so many others, Pelham is one of the great heist movies, perfectly capturing the anarchic spirit of 1970s New York, with its mayoral ineptitude and rampant crime, racism, and squalor. Ex-mercenary Shaw masterminds a wildly daring plot to hijack a New York subway and swap its eighteen abducted passengers for a $1 million ransom; Matthau is the sarcastic and unflappable Transit Authority detective who must foil the operation. David Shire's twelve-tone score for hard-driving percussion, funky electric bass, and screeching brass is a masterpiece of "crime jazz." 104 min.

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