Weekend Double Feature: The Taking of Pelham 123, Moment By Moment

by | June 13, 2009 at 9:08 PM | The Movies

Fancast Weekend Double Feature

We’ve got a special double feature this weekend centering around John Travolta – the original version of his current film in theaters now, and then a journey back to the beginnings of his movie career. Check out Fancast’s Free Movie Double Feature after the jump!

The Taking of Pelham 123
First up is the original 1974 version of the Tony Scott film that opened this weekend, starring Walter Matthau as Walter Garber, a transit cop who finds his day marred when a slick team of criminals – Mr. Blue (Robert Shaw), Mr. Grey (Hector Elizondo), Mr. Brown (Earl Hindman) and Mr. Green (Martin Balsam) – hijack a subway car and hold their hostages for ransom. What unfolds is a gritty, tense and occasionally hilarious race against the clock to figure out how these guys expect to escape from a subway tunnel with the money.

Moment By Moment
John Travolta, the star of the aforementioned remake of The Taking of Pelham 123, has had a long and varied career, as evidenced by his first romantic lead in this 1978 film about an ill-fated May-December romance. He plays Strip, a beach drifter in Southern California who meets a rich and bored older housewife named Trisha (Lily Tomlin) and they start up an unexpected affair… although it soon becomes apparent that he’s a lot more into her than she is into him.