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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. »

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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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Why Is The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 Rated R?


This action thriller features armed men who board a NYC subway train and take hostages, whom they hold for ransom. Constant peril and gun threats are followed by four graphic, on-screen shootings (blood and explicit detail are seen). Language includes approximately 60 sexual expletives and frequent use of various other profanities and scatological terms. The script also includes a few ethno-cultural slurs. Sexual content is limited to a brief image of a woman in a bra.

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