Taking of Pelham One Two Three

‘Tuesday Nights at the Movies’ continues on Feb. 18 with the classic 1974 crime film, “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.”

The plot follows four seemingly-unrelated men as they hijack a subway train in New York City. The heavily armed men seize the train and take hostages, which they say they will kill at the rate of one a minute unless they receive $1 million from the authorities. The sole communicator between the hijackers and the authorities is a cynical transit police officer who must weigh proper protocol against the situation at hand. But still, no matter the outcome, the question looms for the authorities – how do these hijackers plan on escaping the subway when it is all said and done?

Adapted from Morton Freedgood’s novel of the same name, the film is directed by Joseph Sargent and stars Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam and Héctor Elizondo. It went on to be nominated for two BAFTA awards – Best Film Music and Best Supporting Actor for Martin Balsam’s performance. The film currently holds a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The movie begins at 7:30 p.m. at Woodmere Art Museum. Doors open at 6:30. Admission is free, although donations are recommended.

For more information please call 215-247-0476. To see a list of the films being screened by The Chestnut Hill Film Group, visit armcinema25.com/chestnut-hill-film-group.