Showing posts with label The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. Show all posts

Friday, July 26, 2013

The Taking of Astor Place...

Ah, EVG reader J.J. sent along a clip from one of our favorite NYC movies — "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" from 1974. (Anyone ever watch the 2009 remake? If not, then please don't.)

Anyway, the 90-second clip highlights a key scene that takes place on Lafayette Street up to Astor Place... As J.J. notes: "Luckily the Mud Truck wasn't there that day."

And we always liked the original movie poster...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Easy as One Two Three

I've been kicking around the idea of seeing the "The Taking of Pelham" remake. So-so reviews. I know people who really liked it, though. Perhaps it's one to sneak a few beers into. Help pass the time.

Anyway, over at Runnin' Scared, Roy Edroso compared what "New York on film means now, and what it meant when the 1974 Joseph Sargent version ... was new." He seems to sum up exactly why I'm not hurrying to throw $12.50 at the theater.

A few of his points:

"In the 1974 film, the low-ceilinged control center, the glimpses of grim city streets, and Mr. Green's crummy walk-up at the finale suggest enough of the battered old New York to make an impression. There aren't too many physical details that stand out in the new 123..."


"The old film has a comic undertone that the new one can't afford. 2009's jacked-up pace is part of it, but it's also a philosophical difference. In the new film everyone's playing for high stakes all the time, clenched like fists. In the old film, most characters show some weary resignation, which is something city folk have to learn if they're to keep going."

Not to mention John Travolta's hammy theatrics.

And here's a little filmstripesque sequence from the first film... when the transport of the ransom money gets sidetracked at Astor Place.

5 New York 70s Movies We Are Terrified to See Remade

Previously on EV Grieve:
New York City subway films of the 1970s

The ransacking of Pelham One Two Three

Monday, April 13, 2009

The Remaking of Pelham 123

We did a little moaning hereabouts at this time last year over the remaking of one of our favorite NYC films, "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three."

Anyway, the posters are up and the trailers are out for the Denzel-Travolta remake coming June 12. We don't feel much better about this.

And the original trailer from 1974...

For further reading on EV Grieve:
New York City subway films of the 1970s

Friday, May 2, 2008

New York City subway films of the 1970s

So I've been yammering away about the remake of The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. It has made for some nice conversation at the bar. You know, great New York subway-related movies. Lo and behold, I found a clip on YouTube featuring "New York City subway films of the 1970s." (No French Connection or The Taking of Pelham One Two Three in this montage that includes Death Wish, King Kong and The Warriors.

Oh, speaking of The Warriors, this scene spooked me when I first saw the movie 100 years ago.

Now, it just seems kind of...funny. "Ohh, scarey! One of the guys from Loverboy with a falsetto is clinking those empty pony bottles together...Please stop!"

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The ransacking of Pelham One Two Three

There's no point in bitching about unnecessary Hollywood remakes. Still! I'm getting increasingly annoyed after reading various reports on the latest version of The Taking of Pelham One Two Three being filmed around town. With the hyperactive Tony Scott directing, I can only imagine how schlocky and over-the-top this will be. (The Hunger aside, just look at some of the stuff he has done.) The remake also stars Denzzzel Washington, John Ravolta (playing the bad guy, uh-oh) and James Gandullfini as the mayor. (Mayor McCheese, I presume.)

Here's one of the many videos I found on the new shoot:

Anyway, please tell me you've seen the original. (I'm actually surprised by how many people tell me they haven't seen it.)

Here's what you need to know:

Oh, and let's not forget the 1998 made-for TV version with Edward James Olmos, Vincent D'Onofrio and Donnie Wahlberg. Well, maybe we should forget it.