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The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3


Jun 12, 2009

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Nov 03, 2009

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Denzel Washington
John Travolta


2009 Sony/ Columbia Pictures

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

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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.

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

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 is rated R 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.

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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).

Canadian Movie Ratings

14A Violence, Coarse Language.
AB 14A Coarse Language.
MB 14A Not Recommended For Children, Violence, Coarse Language
ON 14A Coarse Language, Violence
QC 13+ Violence.

Canadian Home Video Rating: 14A

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Details on home video releases of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3...

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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