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At Theaters: 6/12/2009 On Video: 11/3/2009
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 45 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 529977
Studio: Columbia Pictures Inc.
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Storyline Heading
New York City subway dispatcher Walter Garber's ordinary day is thrown into chaos by an audacious crime: the hijacking of a subway train. Ryder, the criminal mastermind who, as leader of a highly-armed gang of four, threatens to execute the train’s passengers unless a large ransom is paid within one hour. As the tension mounts beneath his feet, Garber employs his vast knowledge of the subway system in a battle to outwit Ryder and save the hostages. But there’s one riddle Garber can't solve: even if the thieves get the money, how can they possibly escape?
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Action Thriller - This remake of the 1974 film is a lot bigger, louder, and more action-oriented than the original, but it is still talkier than most summer films and more of a drama than an action film--and hence has a bit of an older appeal. Strong language and violence make the film inappropriate for children.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Denzel Washington THE GREAT DEBATERS, AMERICAN GANGSTER, DEJA VU
John Travolta OLD DOGS, BOLT, HAIRSPRAY, WILD HOGS, BE COOL
John Turturro YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN
Luiz Guzman NOTHING LIKE THE HOLIDAYS, YES MAN
Michael Rispoli THE WEATHER MAN, MR. 3000
James Gandolfini ALL THE KING'S MEN, SURVIVING CHRISTMAS
Ramon Rodriguez TV's DAY BREAK
Director: Tony Scott DEJA VU, DOMINO, MAN ON FIRE, SPY GAME
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Production Notes Heading
About The Film
Casting The Film
Filming Above Ground The Sets And Locations
Below Ground Filming In The Subway
Subway Fun Facts
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words, 19 S-words, 6 GD's, many others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Bloody shootings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None.
ACTION: Chases, car wrecks, a runaway train.
COMEDY: Some comic dialogue.
DETAILED CONTENT
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Critic's Review Heading

Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good By allowing the movie to unfold in real time, Scott enhances the level of suspense, but the masterstroke that differentiates this The Taking of Pelham 123 from its predecessors is the decision to transform the interaction between Walter and Ryder from a hostage negotiation to a chess game.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Above Average There's not much wrong with Tony Scott's "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,” except that there's not much really right about it.

USA Today Full Review
Good The new Pelham takes the chilling original premise and modifies it for an era steeped in technology, making for an energetic and engrossing adaptation.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 149 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
8
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
14
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
17
Very High
94%
30+Adults (M)
45
Very High
100%
30+Adults (F)
65
Very High
92%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 149 moviegoers:
TEENS:Half loved it and the other half rated it above average, which is very good.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:About half the males and females loved "Pelham 123." Most of the remaining males rated it above average. The remaining female reviews were above average to average. Easily recommended since nearly everyone enjoyed it, at least to some degree.
ADULTS:The male and female reviews are very similar. Approximately half loved it and most of the remaining half rated it above average. Only a small percentage were slightly disappointed. Recommended!

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