THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE
DIRECTOR: JOSEPH SARGENT
CAST: WALTER MATTHAU, ROBERT SHAW, MARTIN BALSAM, HECTOR ELIZONDO
Lower East Side native and Metrograph favorite Walter Matthau wears perhaps the broadest tie in film history as a grousing Transit Authority lieutenant who gets an unlikely shot at heroism when a group of criminals take a downtown 6 train hostage and demand a million dollars from the flat-broke city. Engineered with perfect pace and verve by the underrated Sargent, with growly, jowly Matthau at his hangdog best.