MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2020 (#33 of 47) – The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) – Encore Review 3

January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 46, so I decided to watch 47 (46+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #33 of the 47.

Let’s continue with… The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

Initial Viewing Memories – I saw this film for the first time when one of my older brothers and his friends brought it over one Saturday evening to watch.  I was so entranced by the gripping and thrilling story and it remains to this day, one of my all time favorite heist film.

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (TV, Video, DVD, 11 Jul 2013, 21 Sep 2015, 29 Apr 2019 and 19 Jan 2020)

Link to original reviewHere, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – Four terrorists take over a New York subway train and demand a ransom in return for the passengers.

My Take on it – Superb thriller that keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat the entire time.

The story plays out really well and keeps throwing lots of surprises at us along the way which enhances the story so much.

The music is great and adds so much to the suspensefulness of the story.

The cast is great and Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw work so well against one another despite the fact that their characters don’t meet face to face until the very end.

The film utilizes it’s story really well and allows us to see the lengths these characters will go to in order to succeed.

Shaw and his men can be so ruthless while Matthau uses his wits and humor to try and stop things from getting out of control.

Love how each of them tries so hard to outsmart the other and this helps enhance the story even more.

The story plays out at a great pace and allows for things to move so smoothly along sometimes in directions that one never expects.

The dialogue is superbly written and it allows the viewer to get a better understanding of so many aspects of how the subway system works without needing to go into technical jargon too often.

Such a fun and thrilling ride and it doesn’t matter that I’ve seen this film so many times because it still works every single time so well.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs (1992), made 18 years later, also gives the gang members colors as names in order to keep their identities secret. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)


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