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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

On a quiet midday in New York, along the Lexington Avenue subway line, the train designated "Pelham One Two Three" -- so named for its station of origin and time of departure -- makes its way down the East Side of Manhattan. One by one, three men board the train, and at 28th Street, a fourth man approaches the motorman (James Broderick) and points a pistol at him, ordering him to unlock the door to his cab and admit the man waiting there; meanwhile, another man points a gun at the conductor and threatens to kill him unless he holds the doors open and then closes them when the man talking to the motorman is aboard. Once on board, "Mr. Blue" (Robert Shaw) and "Mr. Green" (Martin Balsam) halt the train between stations, while "Mr. Brown" (Earl Hindeman) and "Mr. Gray" (Hector Elizondo) seal off the lead car. With Mr. Green at the controls, the front car is separated and isolated in the tunnel with 17 passengers aboard, and then Mr. Blue presents their demands over the radio: one million dollars in cash, within one hour, or they will start shooting one passenger each minute. On the other end, Transit Police Lieutenant Zachary Garber (Walter Matthau) must overcome his initial disbelief to deal with this threat, amid the confusion of a subway system that's chaotic even when it's running normally. With the mayor reluctantly aboard to pay the ransom, Garber must keep the hijackers from carrying out their threat while the money is transported, and keep the hotheads around him and on the police force under control -- and figure out how they intend to get away with a million dollars from inside a subway tunnel with police on all sides. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi

Cast

Walter Matthau
as Lieutenant Garber
Robert Shaw
as Blue
Martin Balsam
as Green
Hector Elizondo
as Grey
Earl Hindman
as Brown
James Broderick
as Denny Doyle
Rudy Bond
as Police Commissioner
Burtt Harris
as Ptl. Ricci
Thomas LaFleur
as Older Son
Gene Gross
as Muscat
William Snickowski
as Hippie/Plainclothes Policeman
Dick O'Neill
as Correll
Tony Roberts
as Warren LaSalle
Doris Roberts
as Mayor's Wife
Jerry Stiller
as Lt. Rico Patrone
Bill Cobbs
as Man on Platform
Carmine Foresta
as Train Expediter
Louise Larabee
as The Alcoholic
Robert Weil
as Marino
Mari Gorman
as The Hooker
Sal Viscuso
as Ptl. O'Keefe
Beatrice Winde
as Mrs. Jenkins
Tom Pedi
as Caz Dolowicz
Nathan George
as Patrolman James
Julius Harris
as Inspector Daniels
Carolyn Nelson
as Coed #1
Kenneth McMillan
as Borough Commander
Lucy Saroyan
as Coed #2
Paul Nuckles
as Stunt Driver
Lee Wallace
as The Mayor
Joe Seneca
as Police Sergeant
Jerry Holland
as Budy Carmondy
Simon Deckard
as Ptl. Miskowsky
Alex Colon
as The Delivery Boy
Christopher Murney
as Dispatcher
Cynthia Belgrave
as The Maid
Anna Berger
as The Mother
Joe Fields
as The Salesman
Gary Bolling
as The Homosexual
Michael Gorrin
as The Old Man
Toru Nagai
as Mr. Yashimura
Carol Cole
as The Secretary
Harry Madsen
as Stunt Driver
Conrad Yama
as Mr. Tomashita
Thomas Barbour
as T.A. Chairman

Crew

Joseph Sargent
Director
Edgar J. Scherick
Producer
Gabriel Katzka
Producer
Peter Stone
Screenwriter
Owen Roizman
Cinematographer
David Shire
Composer (Music Score)
Jerry Greenberg
Editor
Robert Q. Lovett
Editor
Gene Rudolf
Art Director
Stephen F. Kesten
Associate Producer
Herb Mulligan
Set Designer
Dick Mingalone
Camera Operator
Alixe Gordin
Casting
Vic Ramos
Extra Casting
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