Pelham 1 2 3: Riding into the Past

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 is a tale of two cities: New York in the '70s and New York today. If only a subway ride still cost 35 cents

John Travolta stars in The Taking of Pelham 123.

Without even trying, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, the new thriller starring John Travolta as a criminal who hijacks a Manhattan subway train and Denzel Washington as the transit employee who tries to stop him, is a tale of two cities: New York in 1974 and New York today.

In the American imagination, the New York City of the 1970s was a domestic war zone: Vietnam brought home. The murder rate had soared, the wrong kinds of drugs were available on any corner, and the whole place was filthy; Harry...

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