TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE,THE+CHARLEY VARRICK
*Double Feature* THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE with CHARLEY VARRICK
THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE (1974)
The most New York movie ever made is a time capsule of the Big Apple's hellish Fun City days. A quartet of desperados led by Robert Shaw's icy soldier of fortune hijacks a subway train loaded with passengers — and only an unlikely duo of transit cops, Walter Matthau and Jerry Stiller, can foil their ingenious ransom scheme. Fierce, funny and full of fetid atmosphere that hits you like a gust from a passing Lexington Avenue Express. Powered by David Shire's propulsive score and culminating in one of the all-time great closing shots. (Note courtesy of Noir City.) DIR Joseph Sargent; SCR Peter Stone, from the novel by John Godey; PROD Gabriel Katzka, Edgar J. Scherick. U.S., 1974, color, 104 min. RATED R
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Meet Charley Varrick (Walter Matthau), Last of the Independents — at one point, the movie's title. Charley's a smart, methodical criminal, so when a robbery at a tiny New Mexico bank nets him way more money than it should, he knows he's in deep. Soon, he's got to outthink the mafia, outwit his partner and outrun the cops. This whip-smart underdog story showcases director Don Siegel at his best and includes many members of his colorful stock company: Andy Robinson (DIRTY HARRY), Sheree North and John Vernon — plus Joe Don Baker memorably playing a hit man named Molly. (Note courtesy of Noir City.) DIR/PROD Don Siegel; SCR Howard Rodman, Dean Riesner, from the novel by John Reese. U.S., 1973, color, 111 min. RATED PG
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