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Still shot from the movie: The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3.

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

What began as an ordinary day at work for Walter Garbe (Denzel Washington), a New York City subway dispatcher, turns into a nightmare when an armed madman (John Travolta) and his gang hijack the Pelham 1 2 3 train and holds its passengers hostage. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: D+
Violence: D
Sexual Content: B
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 106
Theater Release: 12 Jun 2009
Video Release: 03 Nov 2009
MPAA Rating: R
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Instead of the hero, actor Denzel Washington plays the part of the gun-toting hostage-taker in the movie John Q. John Travolta plays a more sympathetic bad guy in Mad City.

This movie is a remake of the 1974 Walter Matthau film also called The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. The script is based on a book by John Godey (the pen name of Morton Freedgood).

Home Video Extra Features

Release Date: 3 November 2009

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 releases on Blu-ray and DVD with the following bonus materials:

- Commentary featuring Director Tony Scott, Writer Brian Helgeland, and Producer Todd Black

- Featurettes: No Time to Lose: The Making of Pelham 1 2 3, The Third Rail   The NYC Subway System, Marketing Pelham and From the Top Down: Stylizing Character.

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 on Blu-ray also includes a digital copy of the film and is BD-Live enabled.

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