Taking Pelham, Then and Now: Sound On Sight Radio #126

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Taking Pelham, Then and Now

This past weekend saw the release of director Tony Scott’s re-envisioning of Joseph Sargent’s 1974 thriller The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, with Denzel Washington taking over from Walter Matthau and John Travolta subbing for Robert Shaw. We’ll examine both the remake and Sargent’s original, as well as taking this occasion to take a look back at another crime film from the era, John Boorman’s Point Blank, which itself was remade as Payback, starring Mel Gibson.



  1. Derek says

    Well, apparently you don’t even know anything about cinema.

  2. Derek says

    You should continue to hide your review of “Taken” within a series of other reviews. Example:

    Rick: At least the robots in the new Transformers film look less clunky this time.

    Simon:I’ll tell you what’s clunky, the characater moivation for Liam Neeson’s character in “Taken! Baehb-Baehb-Baehb!


    Ali: In “Public Enemies” Michael Mann is back to his forte, the crime film, as he investigates the exploits of famous bank robber and criminal John Dillinger…

    Simon: I’ll tell you what’s criminal: Charging 11 dollars to see “Taken”. Baehb-Baehb!


    Al: I didn’t watch any of the trailers this week, cause I was at a Bursem concert…

    Simon: “Taken” is fucking retarded.

    Al: Stop using that word!

    1. Eric Best says

      So what your really saying is that Simon should just review the movie Taken every week.

      1. Derek says

        Pretty much.

        1. Al says

          It’s ‘Burzum.’ You’re already on the internet. Look it up.

          1. Derek says


  3. Tristan says

    I liked TAKEN, but I think it’s overrated. It has some serious flaws. If Liam Neeson weren’t in it, I don’t think I would have liked it.

    Believe it or not, my favorite Pixar film is A BUG’S LIFE, followed by WALL(E), followed by RATATOUILLE and TOY STORY 1 & 2. I didn’t like CARS though.

    Good episode on Tony Scott. I’ve liked some of Tony Scott’s films, but I’m extremely angry that he’s going to remake one of my top 10 favorite films. THE WARRIORS. Oh well, I’ll still see it out of curiosity…

    1. Ricky says

      If he can keep actors like Nick Cage and John Travolta out of the remake of The Warriors, than I will see it. However I have no plans in watching the remake of Taking of Pelham 123. I have no interest in seeing John Travolta in the lead of another movie.

  4. Anthony Nichols says

    fair enough.

  5. […] Episode 126 – Taking Pelham 123, Then and Now: Taking of Pelham 123 [1974], Taking of Pelham 123 [2009] , plus Lee Marvin in Point Blank […]

  6. Tim says

    Stop slagging Taken!

    1. Anthony Nichols says

      Taken SUCKED!!

      1. Tim says

        Taken rocked!!! (See how I used three exlamation points versus your two, to emphasise how good it was)

        1. Ricky says

          I wanted to review Taken on the show but Simon refuses. Like I said, I really enjoyed Liam Neeson in the film.

          1. Al Kratina says

            Man, I really have to see Taken now.

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