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YMMV: The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
  • Adaptation Displacement: Of John Godey's novel, which has largely been forgotten in place of the film remakes. This is somewhat ironic considering that the original, as indicated by its film poster, used the book's popularity as part of its marketing.
  • Awesome Music: David Shire's score for the original movie is drop-dead funky, with sleazy horns and a memorable Epic Bassline, but what lifts it into sheer awesomeness is that the whole thing is written according to the twelve-tone system of modernist composer Arnold Schoenberg - and yet it's still hummable.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Mayor, in the original, very closely resembles real-life NYC mayor Ed Koch...who wouldn't take office until three years after the film was made!
  • Narm: A lot of critics derided the excessive amount of swearing in the 2009 film.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Hector Elizondo as Mr. Grey, although hardly recognizable without his trademark goatee, baldness and collectedness.
  • Values Dissonance: Garber's very '70s attitude toward female cops. You'd never see a film's hero talking like this these days.

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