15 certificateThe Taking of Pelham 123 is a Film programme that first aired in 1974 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

The Taking of Pelham 123 is a 4 star programme

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The Taking of Pelham 123 (1974)

Directed by
Joseph Sargent

This superb fast-moving thriller cracks on at a tremendous pace, helped by slick editing that racks up the tension, and a blustery, funky soundtrack, full of blistering brass.

Released in 1974 and adapted from John Godey's novel, it focuses on the hijacking of a New York subway train. The hijackers - led by Robert Shaw - are a ruthless and dangerously nervy bunch. Their demands are unequivocal: give us $1 million in cash in the next hour, or else we'll kill the train's passengers.

Transport cop Walter Matthau (pictured) is on top form, with wise cracks a go-go, and a gritty determination to track down the villains, without paying the ransom. Can he do it? Tremendous.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 100 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1974

4/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: Italy/USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Walter MatthauWalter Matthau...Lt. Zachary 'Z' Garber
Image for Robert ShawRobert Shaw...Mr. Blue
Image for Martin BalsamMartin Balsam...Mr. Green
Hector Elizondo...Mr. Gray
Earl Hindman...Mr. Brown
James Broderick...Denny Doyle
Dick O'Neill...Frank Correll
Lee Wallace...The Mayor
Tom Pedi...Caz Dolowicz
Beatrice Winde...Mrs. Jenkins
Image for Jerry StillerJerry Stiller...Lt. Rico Patrone
Nathan George...Ptl. James
Rudy Bond...Police Commissioner
Kenneth McMillan...Borough Commander
Image for Doris RobertsDoris Roberts...Mayor's Wife