'The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3'

'The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3'

There are 23 comments on the Newsday story from Jun 11, 2009, titled 'The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3'. In it, Newsday reports that:

The close confines of a New York City subway car can concentrate the mind wonderfully, as proven by "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three," a tight, tense caper-flick from 1974 starring Walter Matthau as a crotchety transit cop and Robert Shaw as a coolly murderous hijacker.

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Aristophanes

Albany, NY

#1 Jun 11, 2009
Why remake this movie? The In Laws? Psycho? Mr. Deeds Goes To Town? The Pink Panther? The Coen Brothers are working on a remake of "True Grit". Why?
Mike

Sunnyvale, CA

#2 Jun 11, 2009
The powers that be are trying to get us to buy more cars these days to save detroit.

What better way than to put out a movie about people being killed using public transportation?

The same reason why they releaed "Speed" on HBO --- a movie depicting poor, trapped saps on a bus, intercut with Keanu having lots more fun driving his own car.

In this country we think public transportation is for losers --- but why do we think that? It's because we were taught to think that. And they continue to manipulate us with movies like these.

(I know I'm getting a nut icon but I don't care.)
Smoreo

AOL

#3 Jun 11, 2009
Everything Travolta has ever done from Welcome Back Kotter forward has been an insult to my intelligence! I always scratch my head and ask how does this guy keep getting work?
Smoreo

AOL

#4 Jun 11, 2009
Aristophanes wrote:
Why remake this movie? The In Laws? Psycho? Mr. Deeds Goes To Town? The Pink Panther? The Coen Brothers are working on a remake of "True Grit". Why?
I agree, epsecially regarding The Pink Panther. What a waste of celluloid with the terminally unfunny/talentless Steve Martin. He couldn't even shine Peter Sellers shoes!
Long Islander

Morristown, NJ

#5 Jun 11, 2009
There isn't one original idea in Hollywood today. Not just with this movie, but movies of late in general. Everything is a remake. I don't understand why ANYONE would pay $12 (or whatever it is now) to go to the movies to see a crappy remake of a movie. The original is always better and you can probable see it for free on AMC or TCM.
X Auk

West Orange, NJ

#6 Jun 11, 2009
Sorry folks...there's just no way this remake will be better than the original starring Walter Matthau. Remakes are always lesser versions of the originals, anyway.

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Since: Dec 07

protect yourself from Liberals

#7 Jun 11, 2009
save your money
Alan Q

New York, NY

#8 Jun 11, 2009
Aren't all films and TV shows nowadays for people with ADD?

Btw, it's not like hijacking the #6 train would cause any more delays than what we've already got.

Yeesh...
Benedict

New York, NY

#9 Jun 11, 2009
Smoreo wrote:
Everything Travolta has ever done from Welcome Back Kotter forward has been an insult to my intelligence! I always scratch my head and ask how does this guy keep getting work?
Pulp Fiction was ok, no?
Jack The Cabbie

New York, NY

#10 Jun 11, 2009
I am not a fan of remakes and I will not go see it. The original Pelham was one great flick. Matthau was excellent, along with the other major stars and great character actors. One of my favorite lines is between Matthau and Dick O'Neill:

Correll: Don't bug me, Garber. I've got problems.
Lt. Garber: Oh, yeah? What's the matter?
Correll: Oh, nothing: a train is down, its radio's dead, the power's off, and it's dumped its load. Aside from that, everything's ginger peachy
Jack The Cabbie

New York, NY

#11 Jun 11, 2009
Newsday is ridiculous. I put in a man's name that is short for Richard, and not using it as an expletive or anything and they put asterisks instead. VERY PATHETIC NEWSDAY!!
Enough already

Manorville, NY

#12 Jun 11, 2009
Few people remember this, but the movie was actually remade in 1998 as a "made for tv" movie
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0140594/

So in reality this is the 3rd remake.
What makes it worse is that it stars 2 of the most overacted actors, Travolta & Washington.
Truth Teller

Hackensack, NJ

#13 Jun 11, 2009
Mike wrote:
(I know I'm getting a nut icon but I don't care.)
Don't know why, but this made me chuckle.

As for the movie. The original was great, the book was even better. I'd rather watch Die Hard for 297th time.

Since: Jun 09

Landing, NJ

#14 Jun 11, 2009
"Do you have capitol punishment in this state garber.....PITY!!!!!".... The original can't be replaced especially with travolta and denzel....two second rate actors!!!!!!
spike lee

Yaphank, NY

#16 Jun 11, 2009
why does travolta get top billing when denzel is and has been a much bigger star and won more awards? oh its because he is white that way
priorities

Tarrytown, NY

#17 Jun 12, 2009
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Jim

New York, NY

#19 Jun 12, 2009
Enough already wrote:
Few people remember this, but the movie was actually remade in 1998 as a "made for tv" movie
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0140594/
So in reality this is the 3rd remake.
What makes it worse is that it stars 2 of the most overacted actors, Travolta & Washington.
You were not a math major, were you...

Including the TV remake, this would be the 2nd remake, not the 3rd.

The original with Walter Matthau was not a remake.
Sailor Joe

New York, NY

#20 Jun 12, 2009
Mike wrote:
The powers that be are trying to get us to buy more cars these days to save detroit.
What better way than to put out a movie about people being killed using public transportation?
The same reason why they releaed "Speed" on HBO --- a movie depicting poor, trapped saps on a bus, intercut with Keanu having lots more fun driving his own car.
In this country we think public transportation is for losers --- but why do we think that? It's because we were taught to think that. And they continue to manipulate us with movies like these.
(I know I'm getting a nut icon but I don't care.)
So, by that logic, any film that has car crashes could have been made by the MTA or any public transit company to scare you out of driving and take subways, right?

The "nut" icon you predicted getting was deserved.

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Since: Apr 09

San Diego,California

#21 Jun 12, 2009
It looks good. Denzel and Travolta looks like a great combination! Count me in!
Get Real

United States

#22 Jun 12, 2009
Actually some remakes are better. I was a big fan of "Gone in Sixty Seconds" back in 1975. When I re-watched it just before watching the new one with Nicolas Cage. I realized how bad the story line and the acting was. New was better in this case.

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