In this week leading up to the 84th Academy Awards, CTA Tattler is featuring the top 5 films with the best train or subway scenes. At No. 3 we have “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3.”
Of the CTA Tattler Top 5, this film and “Kontroll” are the only ones where the filming and the entire story center around the subway. “Taking of Pelham” is based on the 1973 best seller written by Morton Freedgood (under the pseudonym John Godey). It was made into a feature film in 1974.
It has great scenes of the New York City subway. The film stars some great actors of its time: Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam, Jerry Stiller, Tony Roberts, Hector Elizondo and Doris Roberts. It was remade twice, but you really have to go with the original.
The Top 5 to date:
No. 5: “Kontroll”
No. 4: “Batman Begins” fight scene