The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

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A ruthless gang with colour coded pseudonyms and automatic weapons hijack a New York subway train in this hugely entertaining heist movie.

Walter Matthau is at his sardonic best as the transport cop in charge of the situation, with Robert Shaw as the coldblooded mercenary heading the hijackers which include Hector Elizondo as the obligatory psychotic loose cannon. It concentrates more on the dialogue and characters than fireworks to build tension, with some great behind the scenes banter as the trademark mix of characterful foul-mouthed ill temper, pragmatism and sarcasm of the average New Yorker come into effect when dealing with the situation, all set to a cool Lalo Schifrin-esque soundtrack.

One of the best thrillers of the 1970’s.

8/10

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