The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1998 film)

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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
Directed by Félix Enríquez Alcalá
Produced by Edgar J. Scherick
Screenplay by Peter Stone
(prev. screenplay)
April Smith (teleplay)
Based on The Taking of Pelham One Two Three 
by John Godey
Starring Edward James Olmos
Vincent D'Onofrio
Donnie Wahlberg
Richard Schiff
Lorraine Bracco
Music by Stewart Copeland
Cinematography Félix Enríquez Alcalá
Editing by Robert A. Ferretti
Studio Trilogy Entertainment Group
Distributed by MGM Television
Release dates 1 February 1998 (US)
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three is a 1998 Canadian television movie directed by Félix Enríquez Alcalá and starring Edward James Olmos. It is a television adaptation of the novel of the same name by Morton Freedgood (writing under the pseudonym John Godey), and is a remake of the original 1974 film adaptation. It was followed by another film remake in 2009.

Plot[edit]

Edward James Olmos plays Detective Anthony Piscotti, a New York City police officer. He is trying to crack the taking of a subway train where the antagonists are holding the passengers for ransom.

Cast[edit]

Production details[edit]

The film is a remake, with Edward James Olmos in the Walter Matthau role and Vincent D'Onofrio replacing Robert Shaw as the senior hijacker. Although not particularly well received by critics or viewers, this version was reportedly more faithful to the book, specifically in the rigging of the hijacked train for the getaway.

The film was shot in Toronto's TTC subway system, mainly using the system's station platform Bay (TTC), St. Andrew (TTC) station and Museum (TTC) station, and two of a class of older cars being retired by the TTC. The two cars were shipped by road to the scrapyard the day after filming ended, still disguised as New York cars.

The Toronto subway cars used for filming cannot operate singly, so a two-car set was used. A phony cab was built on the other end of H-1 car 5482 to simulate single car operation. The single car supposedly detached from the front of the train can be seen on several occasions to be part of a train of at least two cars. The most obvious cases are when rounding curves: once when first moving forward after being detached, and later when Anthony has just figured out the hijackers' plan.

Differences from the novel[edit]

Since the film was produced much later than the original, there are also additions to the film that did not exist in the original. For example, one of the characters sets up an IBM ThinkPad laptop computer, connected wirelessly to a motion detector that he places on the track. Later in the film another character views the screen to see an approaching person, whom he confronts in the tunnel. The ransom demand in the remake was $5 million as opposed to $1 million in the original film and the novel.

Home Media[edit]

In 2012 TGG Direct released the film on DVD in full frame in a 2 pack that also included "Runaway Train".

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