Il colpo della metropolitana (film di Joseph Sargent del 1974)

“Pelham 1 2 3” è la frase che viene ripetuta sovente nel film IL COLPO DELLA METROPOLITANA, thriller diretto da Joseph Sargent e prodotto nel 1974.

Al centro della vicenda 4 individui che si fanno chiamare con nomi in codice: Green, Grey, Blue e Brown, ognuno con la propria predisposizione. Essi sequestrano un vagone della metropolitana partito da Pelham alle 1:23 del pomeriggio, con a bordo 18 ostaggi. Green è colui che si occupa di guidare il treno e Blue si mette in contatto via radio con la polizia, nella fattispecie il tenente Zachary Garber, che in questo caso deve fare da intermediario cercando di prendere tempo per l’incolumità degli ostaggi. Purtroppo uno di essi viene freddato e a quel punto inizia una corsa contro il tempo che vede i 4 rapitori sempre più decisi a riscuotere una forte somma di denaro, che ad un certo punto sembra non accontentare più nessuno favorendo la strategia del tenente, il quale riesce a mettersi sulle tracce dei banditi, che a poco a poco si disorientano.

La pellicola ha avuto un remake nel 2009 col titolo PELHAM 123 ed ha probabilmente ispirato Quentin Tarantino, segnatamente ai nomi dei colori, per il film LE IENE. Walter Matthau nel ruolo del tenente, Martin Balsam, Robert Shaw, Hector Elizondo e Earl Hindran nei panni dei 4 malviventi, danno vita ad una pellicola avvincente e ricca di colpi di scena, che emergono grazie anche a piccoli particolari come ad esempio un banale raffreddore.

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