Episode 19: The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

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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. – Mr. Blue, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three


After grooving to the funkiest 70’s film score in existence, we hop on the subway for one of the most unique heist movies ever made. How can four men hijack a spotless New York City subway car full of passengers? And how do they think they’re gonna get away with it? Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw are joined by a cast full of surprises as they square off deep under the city.

How did this movie inspire Quentin Tarantino and what would it be like if he’d directed it? What’s the proper way for a bad guy to meet his end? What happens when you hand over a laserdisc of this movie to Hector Elizondo? And exactly how much cursing and misogyny can you fit into one movie? Find out, when we discuss this little known, but much loved, 1974 classic.

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