(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.”