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Overall D+

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.

Violence D
Sexual Content B
Profanity D
Substance Use A

Why is The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 is rated R for for violence and pervasive language.

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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.