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


And so I'm sitting there,

Sydney is in there right?

and he tells me to get my f***ing, crunchy

fuckmeister the f*** outta there..

Believe that sh*t?

- You know what I said, right?

- No. What did you say?


- All right, man!

- That was good, man! Very good!

Control Center, this is

train 12-15.

Bridge street station being

delayed by a red signal light.

Should be green, 12-15.

Tell me something I don't already know.

Alright, roll forward slow. Extreme

caution, follow the rule book.

Yeah! we're at the rail, 900ft

from the east end of the platform.

The goddamn cold, metal

contracts. You know that...

I got it, I got it. How long

will it take to fix it?

Gonna put the blade

on it, two hours.

Thank you. Make it an hour

and a half. I'll buy you a beer.

Sh*t, GB! I hate to see you

down here on the floor, man.

It's temporary baby. I'll be up there

behind the glass before you know it.

Okay I'm gonna need the R train

to switch over at the express tracks at 34.

Which express tracks?

The one that Q uses once

they exit 57 street station

and switch over to the F line,

boom straight shot into Queens.

Once you get to Queens, they

switch back at 36 street to the R line.

All he's got to do is suspend to W

him and I will pick up the slack. Alright?

Excuse me, I can't

see where I gotta look.

Unlock the door. Do it

or I'll f***ing kill you!

Alright! Alright!

Shut up and walk!

First close the window!

See. I told you, you could do this.

Big f***ing deal. You did

what you'd say you'd do!

- Ahh!

- Yeah!


- Come on, it's really nice. I still got you.

- You still got me.

- Ok!

- You still got me!

Oh, my god.!

Gata... Gata...

Give me the cutting key.

The cutting key.

Control Center by calling

Pelham 1-23. come in, Pelham 1-2-3.

Why did you stop?

Your all green ahead.

Control center calling, Pelham 1-23.

Control center calling

Pelham 1-23. Why did you stop?

You got green ahead..

It's okay.

Life is simple now.

They just have to do what I say.

Not now, okay!

Where are you from?

- Brooklyn.

- Irish?

- Yeah.

- I thought so.

Who's driving, Pelham 1-2-3?

Maybe something fell on the tracks.

What is it? Are we going back?

train rolling southbound wrong

line of lexington avenue.

Just north of you?

Listen up. We need to

stop and stay in station all,

southbound locals just

north of 51st street station.

The operator on 123 is, Jerry Pollard.

Jerry Pollard... I know, Jerry Pollard, I

went to motorman school with, Jerry Pollard.

Pelham 1-2-3...

come into me, Pelham 1-2-3.

Pelham 1-2-3! Jerry Pollard!

What's going on down there?

this is control center...

What's going on, 1-23?

Lets get an express train to go up, pull

along side 'em, see what we see in the cab

Yeah this is, south ferry 1-05.

I can't get my

windshield wiper to turn on.

South Ferry 1-05, there's a circuit

breaker right behind you for that.

What's going on? Maestro,

what's is going on?

- Cop...

- Oh f***!

When I say "stop", stop it hard.

- Transit police!

- Stop!

Everybody get the f*** down.

Get the f*** down!

Jesus! we're getting reports of

gunshots down in the tunnel.

Sergeant Rian. Delgado let's

call off that express.

Got it!

Stay down!

Cops, every f***ing time.

Everybody up

facing the window!

Stand up! Stand up!

Move it.

What the f*** is going on?

It was a cop. Bashkim shot him.

I think... I think he's dead.

Put, Bashkim on and

find some f***ing guts!

- Do it!

- God.

- What happened?

- A cop. He's dead.

Put the conductor on.

- What's your name, conductor?

- Regina.

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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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