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Previewing Pelham 1 2 3

by Benjamin Kabak

This Friday, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 will open at theaters around New York. The action remake of the 1974 cult classic tale of a subway hijacking features John Travolta and Denzel Washington in the lead roles, and press coverage is starting to take off. We’ve looked at the film making process before, and today, we have more. The Daily News goes behind the scenes of a movie shot throughout the subway system. Using real New Yorkers in real subway cars in real stations, director Tony Scott is aiming to bring authenticity to the movie.

Meanwhile, movie blogger Jordan Hoffman was part of a movie tie-in tour of an abandoned subway station. Hoffman and company were led on an underground tour of closed sections of the Brooklyn Bridge stop on the 4/5/6. Check out the pictures at UGO Movie Blog. I’m jealous.

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Alon Levy June 8, 2009 - 7:32 pm

It’s a remake. Authenticity is DOA.

Jason June 9, 2009 - 7:29 am

I wonder if where he was taken was the abandoned tunnel that led to the entrance/exit on the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian path? Looking at old station plans from the time, it seems there was a long tunnel that connected the Brooklyn Bridge path to the uptown local platform (now sealed off).

Pretty cool stuff nonetheless, just wish the MTA would look into repairing and finding better ways to use parts of the system that have been abandoned for decades rather than let them decay into complete uselessness. With all the traffic on that bridge, you would think they could figure out a way to connect it to the island platforms or something to help people out. I mean, if the original architects could have the foresight to think and build this stuff, why can’t we have the basic ingenuity to continue to effectively use it?


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