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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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