The movie stars the late Walter Matthau (a former Roxbury resident!) and — along with “Straight Time,” “Sorcerer” and “Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia” — is one of the great lost classics from the 70s.
It is one of those 70s-era flicks that drips old-school New York City, as Joe points out in his July 10 blog post.
The cast also includes Robert (Quint from “Jaws”) Shaw and Martin (I was in a billion movies) Balsam.
It was remade as a cruddy TV flick a few years back — and, unfortunately, IMDB says it is being remade with Denzel Washington. Tony Scott is directing.
It’s the quintessential 70s flick, right from the booming opening credits:
Here’s the blurb stolen from the CT Post:
Martini and a Movie
Fairfield Theatre Company’s ‘Martini and a Movie’ series will feature a screening of ‘The Taking of Pelham One Two Three’ at 8 p.m., at the theater, 70 Sanford St. The event is hosted by Connecticut Post movie reviewer Joe Meyers. Admission is free, and a cash bar opens at 7 p.m. Call 259-1036 or http://www.fairfieldtheatre.org.