Exciting, knowing, smart, and with an IRT car full of New York acting talent and accents. It was the first R-rated film I ever saw. I was 9. Our babysitter took me and my brother.
This is the original (of course). Released in 1974, the city was near-bankrupt; looked it, and felt it. It was the New York of my youth.
Getting to hear Walter Matthau say “mishigas” is reason enough to get your ass over to Houston Street.
- The motorman was played by Matthew Broderick’s dad.
- Since the film came out, no #6 train has ever been given the designation “Pelham 1 2 3'”
Movie times and more info here:
“One of our favorite capers at Film Forum's Heist series! Forget the horrible remake, this 1974 thriller is a 70s GOTHAM-CINEMA CLASSIC!”
– Time Out New York
“EDITORS' PICK! Not only one of the snappiest thrillers ever made, it's also a notoriously accurate glimpse into how the city works.”
– New York magazine
“A violent and funny hostage caper with the cynical irreverence of a vintage Jimmy Breslin column and the relentless energy of an early James Bond film…
Directed with breathless expediency.”
– Bruce Bennett, The New York Sun
“A time capsule spiked with amphetamines… It may be the perfect movie for post-blackout New Yorkers. And what a cast!”
– Michael Sragow, The New Yorker
P.S. As a bonus, it’s playing as a double-feature with Charely Varrick, another great heist film, also starring Matthau.