Two takes on “The Taking of Pelham 123”

Is that the revered Massimo Vignelli subway map, designed in 1972, in the background of this poster for the iconic New York-in-the-1970s movie?

Another original Pelham poster feels a bit more cartoonish:

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5 Responses to “Two takes on “The Taking of Pelham 123””

  1. mykola (mick) dementiuk Says:

    At the time the book was pretty scary, I remember getting it from the library and devouring it in just a day. But the movie, well, with Walter Matthau, it was more of a good humored joke, with him playing off Robert Shaw. I guess you could say, “It’s okay.”

  2. Northumberland Cottage Says:

    Much prefer the top poster of the two. I agree with Mick (above) – the book was great but the original film had a different feel to it. The remake was watchable though.

  3. petey Says:

    i’d like to declare here that i don’t like the vignelli map, and never have.

  4. snoh Says:

    The “original” original motion picture soundtrack by David Shire is one of the best score ever. Amazing and thrilling horns.

  5. Lisa Says:

    I couldn’t agree more about Vignelli’s map, Petey. It was geographically inaccurate.

    As for the original Taking of the Pelham 1-2-3 movie– I thought it was much better than merely okay– it’s one of my favorite NY movies! (Admittedly, it might be somewhere between 15-20 on “best NY movies” list).

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