RIP, Joseph Sargent.


Joseph Sargent
(July 22, 1925 – December 22, 2014)

Just saw that director Joseph Sargent has passed away after a long, distinguished career as a TV director (he did that great Kojack pilot movie).

But for me, a couple of his features stand out. First is Tobruk (1967), the Leo Gordon-scripted war picture starring Rock Hudson and George Peppard. Then there’s the terrific The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three (1974). It’s got one of the greatest assemblages of New York character actors ever, and it shows how to seamlessly weave humor into a suspense film — without diluting the suspense. It’s one I drag out every so often and just marvel at. “Gesundheit.”



Filed under 1974, Robert Shaw, Walter Matthau

3 responses to “RIP, Joseph Sargent.

  1. Plus he did one of Burt’s best, WHITE LIGHTNING from 1973.


  2. Joseph Sargent directed the TV movie Longstreet, which was written by Stirling Silliphant. Silliphant developed it into a series starring James Franciscus who also starred in theTV movie. It’s a good flick.


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