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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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How We Determine Our Grades

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

Cast: Denzel Washington, John Travolta
Studio: 2009 Sony/ Columbia Pictures

Detailed Review

As hard as New York City tries to improve its image of being a safe place to live and work, Hollywood can’t resist the opportunity to convince audiences otherwise. In… 
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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,… 
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What is it about New York City that makes it the perfect environment to create… 
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Video alternatives / Home Video Bonus Features

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