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The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)

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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 dispatcher Walter Garber into a face-off with the mastermind behind the crime.

Director:

Tony Scott

Writers:

Brian Helgeland (screenplay), John Godey (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Walter Garber
John Travolta ... Ryder
Luis Guzmán ... Phil Ramos (as Luis Guzman)
Victor Gojcaj Victor Gojcaj ... Bashkin
Robert Vataj Robert Vataj ... Emri
John Turturro ... Camonetti
Michael Rispoli ... John Johnson
Ramon Rodriguez ... Delgado
James Gandolfini ... Mayor
John Benjamin Hickey ... Deputy Mayor LaSalle
Alex Kaluzhsky ... George
Gbenga Akinnagbe ... Wallace
Katherine Sigismund ... Mom
Jake Siciliano ... 8-Year-Old Boy
Jason Butler Harner ... Mr. Thomas
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Storyline

In early afternoon, four armed men hijack a subway train in Manhattan. They stop on a slight incline, decoupling the first car to let the rest of the train coast back. Their leader is Ryder; he connects by phone with Walter Garber, the dispatcher watching that line. Garber is a supervisor temporarily demoted while being investigated for bribery. Ryder demands $10 million within an hour, or he'll start shooting hostages. He'll deal only with Garber. The mayor okays the payoff, the news of the hostage situation sends the stock market tumbling, and it's unclear what Ryder really wants or if Garber is part of the deal. Will hostages, kidnappers, and negotiators live through this? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Plot Keywords:

train | hostage | subway | hijack | ransom | See All (117) »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Ukrainian

Release Date:

12 June 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Taking of Pelham 123 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,373,102, 14 June 2009

Gross USA:

$65,452,312

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$150,166,126
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the novel, the Mayor considers going to the train, but not in the remake. See more »

Goofs

You cannot actually have a "2-way conversation" on a 2-way radio at the same time, meaning one person must speak at a time, release the talk button, and then must wait for a reply. During the movie, on several occasions, you see conversations with the subway car and central command speaking over each other like in a phone conversation. This is not possible using a 2-way radio. See more »

Quotes

Ryder: Put Garber on the line!
Camonetti: To be honest, Mr. Garber has gone home.
Ryder: Put Garber on the fucking line or I'll kill the motorman!
Camonetti: I guarantee you, Mr. Ryder, that I am the best person for you to be talking to right now. Just give me a moment and I'll explain why.
Ryder: [to Jerry] You were always going to be the first one to go.
[shoots Jerry several times]
Ryder: Mr. Camonetti, you have 60 fucking seconds before I kill another, okay?
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Crazy Credits

Subway footage and sounds are mixed in with the production company logos shown after the end credits. See more »

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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #33.92 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums
Written by Maynard James Keenan (as Maynard Keenan) and Billy Howerdel
Performed by A Perfect Circle
Courtesy of Virgin Records America
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Though nowhere near as good as the original, it makes for a good summer heist film.
13 June 2009 | by johnnymacbestSee all my reviews

Having been burned by so many remakes of classic films, I decided to have an open mind. True, it is fact that remakes can never be better or equal to their original counterpart (The Day The Earth Stood Still and The Wicker Man are good examples) but this one was entertaining, although it sometimes has that bloated, Hollywood feel that is so prevalent in movies and totally unnecessary because story and acting alone should be more important. Both Denzel Washington and John Travolta give good performances, especially Travolta with his cold demeanor and charismatic personality with a surprising touch of black comedy that I didn't expect from this remake. To be fair, I was thrilled at some points in the film( I won't give anything away) but since I saw the original many years ago, I can say that this is a good summer heist flick that while not as gripping as the original Taking of Pelham 123, more than makes up for it in the entertainment value which I cannot say for most remakes (although some have come close) but with two strong leads, I would like to see both Washington and Travolta in future films that are not remakes but entirely fresh roles altogether.


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