Saturday, June 06, 2009

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 Opens Next Friday

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 by John Godey

One of the most suspenseful movies we remember seeing from the 1970s (and we're dating ourselves here!) was The Taking of Pelham One Two Three starring Walter Matthau, Martin Balsam, Robert Shaw, and Hector Elizondo, and based on the bestselling novel of the same name by John Godey, which was recently rereleased (see book cover to the right).

Plot overview: Armed men hijack a New York City subway train, holding the passengers hostage in return for a ransom, and turning an ordinary day's work for a dispatcher into a face-off with the mastermind behind the crime.

A remake of the film, directed by Tony Scott (hard to go wrong there) and starring Denzel Washington (Matthau's character in the original) and John Travolta (Shaw's character), is one of the few films we're looking forward to this summer; it is scheduled to be released next Friday, June 12, 2009.

View the trailer below:

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