Sunday, March 09, 2008

New York, New York!

I just saw a great movie from the seventies.
It was set in New York, and I could practically taste the place.
Absolutely superb.
What was it?
The Taking of Pelham 123!
Made in 1974, it starred Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw, one the cop, the other the crim. The whole thing was gripping, I just had to watch from beginning to end.
Oddly enough, I first saw it at school; back then we had a movie enthusiast teacher who used to arrange for the entire school to watch in the Hall of an afternoon.
Two other films we saw were the Italian Job and the Ipcress File.
This was in the days before VHS of course, so it was quite an undertaking to bring a cellulose copy into the school and put it on a projector, but they did it.

But- the Taking Of Pelham 123 was simply class, a true work of entertainment, with all the tension and excitement of a real adventure; superb acting from a superb cast, and the original film to use 'Mister Blue/Green/Grey' for the criminal names, never mind miserable 'iconic' style-exercises such as Reservoir Dogs.
This was the original.

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