The Taking of Pelham 123

Synopsis: In early afternoon, four armed men hijack a subway train in Manhattan. They stop on a slight incline, decoupling the first car to let the rest of the train coast back. Their leader is Ryder; he connects by phone with Walter Garber, the dispatcher watching that line. Garber is a supervisor temporarily demoted while being investigated for bribery. Ryder demands $10 million within an hour, or he'll start shooting hostages. He'll deal only with Garber. The mayor okays the payoff, the news of the hostage situation sends the stock market tumbling, and it's unclear what Ryder really wants or if Garber is part of the deal. Will hostages, kidnappers, and negotiators live through this?
Director(s): Tony Scott
Production: Sony/Columbia Pictures
  1 win & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

Regina baby, listen. You

got a job to do, honey.

A job?

Yeah, god put you on this earth

for one thing and one thing only.

Your going to get those people off the

train and up to the platform station.

You got that? Let me hear it.

Let me here you do that.

Listen up everybody! We're

gonna go back to the platform.

I need everybody to...

Regina! Let's do it again.

Conduct those people!

Listen up everybody! Now we're

gonna head back towards the platform.

I want everybody to slowly get up,

I'm gonna get you off this train.


Now we're gonna be on the tracks,

so if you don't need it! Leave it.

Every cop in the city's on the way.

Maybe it wasn't even gun shots. I mean

the train could have broken it's breakers right.

No, this is on purpose.

Come on you!

- Yeah I'm coming!

- Shut the f*ck up and come on!

- Ramos, turn the power off a lane down.

- What?

- Turn the power off a lane down.

- Okay, I got it.

What a fucking lucky day.

Oh shit!

What the f*ck is wrong with you, man!

Pelham 1-2-3, to rail control centre

do you read me?

Yes, I read you, Pelham 1-2-3.

This is control center.

Who is this?

It's me, man! I didn't wanna

call until everything was ready.

I understand, I understand,

Pelham 1-2-3. Who the hell is this?

This is the man, who's

gonna rock this city.

This is the man who's gonna

give this city a run for it's money.

Now look up. Look up at your screen

and you tell me what you see.

- You see what I done?

- I see it.

One car is much more manageable

than 10, with the man power I got.

Mr motorman's gonna tell you all

about it, tell 'em what we got here.

They... they got hostages, lot's of 'em

and... and they got machine guns?

- It's Jerry?

- Yeah.

Yeah, that's right. You check

that you understand that.

I checked. I understand.

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Brian Helgeland

Brian Thomas Helgeland (born January 17, 1961) is an American screenwriter, film producer and director. He is most known for writing the screenplays for L.A. Confidential (for which he received the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay), Mystic River, and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. Helgeland also wrote and directed 42 (2013), a biopic of Jackie Robinson, and Legend (2015), about the rise and fall of the Kray twins. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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