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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1998)

In New York, armed men hijack a subway car and demand a ransom for the passengers. Even if it's paid, how could they get away?

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Det. Anthony Piscotti
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Babs Cardoza
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Caz Hollowitz
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Det. Ray
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Older boy on subway
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Younger boy on subway
Robert Young ...
Homeboy on subway (as Black Katt)
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Graduate student on subway
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Old man on subway
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Four hijackers led by Vincent D'onofrio seize a subway train in the middle of a tunnel and hold 14 hostages for a $5 million ransom. Edward James Olmos and Lorraine Bracco are the officers assigned to work out the release of the passengers. However, even the murder of some passengers are met with an apparent calm by everyone involved. The murder of a subway supervisor prompts everyone to shake their heads and go on about their business. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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1 February 1998 (USA)  »

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Trivia

At one point in the film, a frightened passenger who is in the middle of the subway hijacking pleads to get off the train explains that she has been through a similar ordeal on the Long Island RailRoad possibly referring to the 1993 Colin Ferguson shooting. See more »

Goofs

At 28th Street, instead of approaching the operator (driver) the moment the train stops, Mr. Blue remains some 100 feet away. Only after the doors have closed again does he begin walking toward the operator... as if he knows that the train will wait for him to start the hijacking. See more »

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Remake of The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) See more »

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Good enough for TV
21 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

A cold murderous high jacker with three associates, takes a train and holds it and its passengers hostage, killing one at a time to obtain a large ransom. Based on an earlier film of the same title, which I have not viewed, this TV version suffers a little from modest budgets and a less than sterling cast. Vincent d'Onofrios, as the senior high jacker, a quirky rather wooden actor at best, fleetingly looking like a young Orson Welles, does what he can to provide sinister menace to his role, while Edward James Olmos is not a very impressive substitute for the formidable Walter Matthau. However it is fair to comment this is a reasonable thriller for TV, and the grainy dark underground railway sequences are quite suspenseful. Makes me keen to see the original film.


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