Directed by Joseph Sargent
Starring Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam. Hector Elizondo, James Broderick, Dick O’Neill, Jerry Stiller, Kenneth McMillan, Doris Roberts, Tony Roberts
The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three (1974) has 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. And David Shire’s score is just terrific.
Mr. Blue (Robert Shaw): “Now, then, ladies and gentlemen, do you see this gun? It fires 750 rounds of 9-millimeter ammunition per minute. In other words, if all of you simultaneously were to rush me, not a single one of you would get any closer than you are right now. I do hope I’ve made myself understood.”
This is a movie I appreciate a little more every time I see it. Since catching its first network TV airing (with its dialogue looped, edited and just plain monkeyed with to a crazy degree), it’s become one of my favorite films of the 70s.
Kino Lorber will release a special edition Blu-ray in July, packed with interviews, commentaries and other cool stuff. Can’t wait. “Gesundheit.”