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CrimeTime: The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three (15)

Sunday 25 March 2018 to Tuesday 27 March 2018

CrimeTime: The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three (15)

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  • Director Joseph Sargent
  • Origin USA
  • Year 1974
  • Duration 104 minutes

CRIME TIME 

Somewhere underground in New York’s subway system, just outside Pelham Station, a gang of armed men (Mr Blue, Mr Green, Mr Grey and Mr Brown) hijack a train, threatening to kill one hostage per minute unless their ransom demands are met.

Lt. Zach Garber (Walter Matthau) of the transit police is the conduit between the hijacker’s lead man Mr Blue (Robert Shaw) and the authorities involved. But even if the ransom is paid, how are the hijackers going to escape?

A brilliant and influential thriller based on the best-selling novel, the film finds Matthau in the run of a series of great crime thrillers (Charley Varrick, The Laughing Policeman) and sees Robert Shaw on the cusp of one of his defining roles of Quint in Jaws (1975).

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