I can't enthuse enough over the original Taking of Pelham One Two Three.
I love the suspenseful plot, I love the Peter Stone screenplay, I love the gritty New York City feel, I love the David Shire score, and I love the cast, which includes Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam, Hector Elizondo, James Broderick, Tony Roberts, Doris Roberts, Jerry Stiller, and Lee Wallace as The Mayor. This had to have inspired Tarantino—I mean, really inspired him.
It's showing Monday night, July 13, at 8pm at the Elevated Acre, which has been one of the better, more "civilized," venues for outdoor summer screenings in the city.
And look at what's coming up: West Side Story (July 20) and The Sweet Smell of Success (July 27). Excellent!