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On 5/16/2021 at 5:20 PM, LornaHansonForbes said:

ps- I also can't get that ***ING "COOL RIDER" SONG OUT OF MY HEAD!!!!!!!!!!

You could always try watching Georgy Girl.

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McMillan & Wife (1971–1977)

 

A police commissioner takes an active interest in criminal cases rather than spending his days administering the department as he is paid to do. His wife regularly becomes involved and regularly is in danger because of it but she does not divorce him on grounds of wanton endangerment.

Rock Hudson is no Peter Falk and his Commissioner Stewart McMillan is no Columbo. Susan Saint James is definitely prettier and more personal than a basset hound named: "Dog." The presence of Nancy Walker as irrepressible main/cook Mildred pushes this series into the: 'acceptable' category.

An interesting plus is that many episodes have four or more guest stars drawn from the caldron of good character actors and minor stars.

5.8/10

Available for viewing free with commercials on IMDb.TV. 

 

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Last night I watched THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3 after someone here had said it was a great Walter Matthau role. Wow. What a great movie.

The story is about four criminals who take a subway car & passengers hostage in exchange for a million dollar ransom. Matthau is at mission control of Transit Authority Police and is the person in contact via radio with the criminals and the police on the street & tunnels. He gets lots of air time and does great with this dramatic role.

This thriller didn't lull for one minute and built up to several climaxes once Matthau decides to just pay the ransom to protect the hostages from being killed. Tension builds with scenes of money going through counting machines & being bundled.

Several fabulous scenes take place as bright blue 70's cop cars speed through NYC streets trying to get the cash to the appointed place in time. The stunt driving is astounding-one crash in particular, I couldn't believe they want us to believe everyone survived - this was before seat belts & air bags.

Also of note was the incredible music score by David Shire. From the very first notes to the end, the music was dynamic & unnerving mostly on the back beat with bombastic horns & slight sax melody. Wow. A really great example of film music enhancing the emotions of a movie. 

This was full of familiar faces Sal Viscuso, Doris Roberts, Tony Roberts in small parts & a younger Jerry Stiller as police chief (Rico Petrone haha) who was just as handsome as his son Ben here. All the criminals were unknown to me except Martin Balsam who pretty much always plays himself. The hostages were a little contrived, but OK. I did not like that one principle black cop's voice was dubbed or if that was his real voice, should have been dubbed, it was awful. There were many little one line snarks & jokes which added to the realism & at the same time micro-relieved tension.

Just everything about this movie was OUTSTANDING. Well, except for what the mastermind criminal does at the very end, unrealistic. But I howled out loud at the very last shot in the movie - priceless. One of the very BEST ending shots ever seen in cinema, in my opinion.

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24 minutes ago, TikiSoo said:

Last night I watched THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3 after someone here had said it was a great Walter Matthau role. Wow. What a great movie.

fun fact: the director of PELHAM 1 2 3 was JOSEPH SARGEANT who later helmed JAWS THE REVENGE, another film about a rail-bound . mechanical behemoth- only not as good.

if you like PELHAM, you'll also very likely like JUGGERNAUT (1974)- with which it would make a TAUT DOUBLE FEATURE- it's about a disgruntled cruise ship engineer who plants bombs all over a British Liner in the North Sea and demands a ransom to diffuse them.

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24 minutes ago, TikiSoo said:

Last night I watched THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3 after someone here had said it was a great Walter Matthau role. Wow. What a great movie.

One of my favorites of all time. I saw it when first released, it was the first time I got to see an "R" rated movie, I was 13 at the time. This one would mean a bit more to a native New Yorker who lived through the city in the 1970s. And this was NYC in the 70s, in all it's grime , grit and dark humor. 

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1 minute ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

f you like PELHAM, you'll also very likely like JUGGERNAUT (1974)- with which it would make a TAUT DOUBLE FEATURE- i

Actually, when I saw Pelham, it was shown as a double feature with Juggernaut! Did you know that or just thought they would work as a double bill? I remember not liking Juggernaut when I saw it but was blown away by Pelham. 

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1 hour ago, TikiSoo said:

Last night I watched THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3 after someone here had said it was a great Walter Matthau role. Wow. What a great movie.

The story is about four criminals who take a subway car & passengers hostage in exchange for a million dollar ransom. Matthau is at mission control of Transit Authority Police and is the person in contact via radio with the criminals and the police on the street & tunnels. He gets lots of air time and does great with this dramatic role.

This thriller didn't lull for one minute and built up to several climaxes once Matthau decides to just pay the ransom to protect the hostages from being killed. Tension builds with scenes of money going through counting machines & being bundled.

Several fabulous scenes take place as bright blue 70's cop cars speed through NYC streets trying to get the cash to the appointed place in time. The stunt driving is astounding-one crash in particular, I couldn't believe they want us to believe everyone survived - this was before seat belts & air bags.

Also of note was the incredible music score by David Shire. From the very first notes to the end, the music was dynamic & unnerving mostly on the back beat with bombastic horns & slight sax melody. Wow. A really great example of film music enhancing the emotions of a movie. 

This was full of familiar faces Sal Viscuso, Doris Roberts, Tony Roberts in small parts & a younger Jerry Stiller as police chief (Rico Petrone haha) who was just as handsome as his son Ben here. All the criminals were unknown to me except Martin Balsam who pretty much always plays himself. The hostages were a little contrived, but OK. I did not like that one principle black cop's voice was dubbed or if that was his real voice, should have been dubbed, it was awful. There were many little one line snarks & jokes which added to the realism & at the same time micro-relieved tension.

Just everything about this movie was OUTSTANDING. Well, except for what the mastermind criminal does at the very end, unrealistic. But I howled out loud at the very last shot in the movie - priceless. One of the very BEST ending shots ever seen in cinema, in my opinion.

225px-Taking_of_Pelham_One_Two_Three_(19

 

 

You didn't notice Robert Shaw as the head heavy?

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1 hour ago, Det Jim McLeod said:

Actually, when I saw Pelham, it was shown as a double feature with Juggernaut! Did you know that or just thought they would work as a double bill? I remember not liking Juggernaut when I saw it but was blown away by Pelham. 

I did not know that! No I just have a natural instinct for programming double bills, Or more specifically for noting strong similarities and contrasts between different films.

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4 hours ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

if you like PELHAM, you'll also very likely like JUGGERNAUT (1974)- with which it would make a TAUT DOUBLE FEATURE

Haha I thought Margaret Rutherford in THE RUNAWAY BUS might be a fun double feature.

 

2 hours ago, Hibi said:

You didn't notice Robert Shaw as the head heavy?

Didn't recognize the face or name. 🙁

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Movies which I consider a good pairing with: The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) for a double feature because they carry some of the same vibe or are an interesting counterpoint:

Deadfall (1968)
Robbery (1967)
The Italian Job (1969)
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
The Cassandra Crossing (1976)
Number 17 (1932)
The Anderson Tapes (1971)
The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery (1966)


 

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Oddly, Pelham wasn't much of a hit when it was released. It did well in NYC, of course, but don't think it did that well elsewhere. Not sure why. It didnt play lengthy engagements that I recall.

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Got around to watching my TCM Underground recording of "Fleshpot on 42nd Street".

 

All the crudity of 70s grindhouse cinema, of course, and you could really tell where the cuts were made from the hardcore version.  But it was interesting, and I was down with the movie...until an absurd Diabolus Ex Machina ending that just ruined the whole thing. 

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1 minute ago, Vidor said:

Got around to watching my TCM Underground recording of "Fleshpot on 42nd Street".

 

All the crudity of 70s grindhouse cinema, of course, and you could really tell where the cuts were made from the hardcore version.  But it was interesting, and I was down with the movie...until an absurd Diabolus Ex Machina ending that just ruined the whole thing. 

Yeah, the ending was so cheap and laughable! I watched it earlier in the year. There was a HARDCORE version????????? I dont recall this film at all. I doubt it got much of a release. Pretty amateurish, but was interesting enough for one viewing.

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1 minute ago, Hibi said:

Yeah, the ending was so cheap and laughable! I watched it earlier in the year. There was a HARDCORE version????????? I dont recall this film at all. I doubt it got much of a release. Pretty amateurish, but was interesting enough for one viewing.

 

From what I'm reading online after watching the movie, yes, there is a hardcore porn edit out there, with the sex scenes that obviously they did not show on the TCM version.

 

I'm not sure I've ever seen an ending ruin a movie as much as this one.

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4 hours ago, TikiSoo said:

Didn't recognize the face or name. 🙁

The name's Shaw....Robert Shaw.  You're gonna remember that, Ms. Soo, or you're gonna getcha self another discussion--Ya follah?

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(Yes, I'm too chicken to watch Jaws and quote any of Cap'n Quint's lines.)

And Top123 is still on my list of great Pre-Koch Nixon/Ford-era NYC Films, for an upstater who remembers--The "mayor" character who's so unpopular, he doesn't get out of his sick bed was a pretty recognizable joke for NYC'ers of the Abe Beame era.

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I always miss the homosexual in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. That's how the role is

given on the end credits. I'm guessing that back in the day it was done in a pretty stereotypical

way, but I still don't recall him. He might have had so little time on screen that I missed him.

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4 minutes ago, Vautrin said:

I always miss the homosexual in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. That's how the role is

given on the end credits. I'm guessing that back in the day it was done in a pretty stereotypical

way, but I still don't recall him. He might have had so little time on screen that I missed him.

I don't remember one at all! I'll have to look for him next viewing. I'd never seen this film (but knew of it) until a year ago when it was on TCM.

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32 minutes ago, Vidor said:

 

From what I'm reading online after watching the movie, yes, there is a hardcore porn edit out there, with the sex scenes that obviously they did not show on the TCM version.

 

I'm not sure I've ever seen an ending ruin a movie as much as this one.

I didnt realize until I checked imdb just now that HARRY REEMS was in the film! LMREO! He played the cute guy at the end, right? Now I wish I could see THAT sex scene uneditied! LOL.

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4 minutes ago, Hibi said:

I didnt realize until I checked imdb just now that HARRY REEMS was in the film! LMREO! He played the cute guy at the end, right? Now I wish I could see THAT sex scene uneditied! LOL.

Yeah, he plays the Prince Charming who seems like he's going to take poor Dusty away from her life of hooking.

 

I met him once.  Late 1990s, a San Diego theater was screening two 1970s three-dimensional porn movies--I am not making this up--and Reems was there and gave a little talk.  He seemed annoyed that he wasn't cast in "Boogie Nights".

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14 minutes ago, Vidor said:

Yeah, he plays the Prince Charming who seems like he's going to take poor Dusty away from her life of hooking.

 

I met him once.  Late 1990s, a San Diego theater was screening two 1970s three-dimensional porn movies--I am not making this up--and Reems was there and gave a little talk.  He seemed annoyed that he wasn't cast in "Boogie Nights".

LOL. Wasn't this after he dried out and found religion?

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46 minutes ago, Vautrin said:

I always miss the homosexual in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. That's how the role is

given on the end credits. I'm guessing that back in the day it was done in a pretty stereotypical

way, but I still don't recall him. He might have had so little time on screen that I missed him.

http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/2088/2881/1600/pelham_070.jpg

This is about 10 minutes after the beginning, right after the "taking".   He's a passenger in the car that gets left behind.

 

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