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Sony Takes a Tour of New York's Secret Subway Tunnels

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June 10, 2009
Source: UGO, ComingSoon

Taking of Pelham 123 Subway Tour

I haven't had a chance to talk about The Taking of Pelham 123 yet, which I've seen and thoroughly enjoyed, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity. Sony recently coordinated a tour of the secret tunnels that are a part of the New York City subway system as a promotion for Pelham. Why? Well, the last third of the film involves some of these secret tunnels, and I guess it was a sly way of proving that it all actually exists (and wasn't just made up for the sake of storytelling). Alas, I'm in Los Angeles and not New York, but a few other sites did attend and have published great write-ups, like UGO and ComingSoon.

If you've been to New York, or if you live there, you know that the subway system is fairly complex, and extends much further than most probably know. That's one of the reasons why I enjoyed watching Pelham, it was fun to see the complexities of the subway system play an integral part in the plot, especially at the end. I've included some of the better photos below, as they were allowed to bring cameras on the tour. This isn't my experience to write-up, but I thought it was one of the coolest press events I've seen coordinated for a movie. And I want to let people know that The Taking of Pelham 123 is actually pretty damn good.

Taking of Pelham 123 Subway Tour

Taking of Pelham 123 Subway Tour

Taking of Pelham 123 Subway Tour

To see more and read the full report, head over to either UGO or ComingSoon for their write-ups.

The Taking of Pelham 123 is directed by Tony Scott, of numerous action classics, including Top Gun, The Last Boy Scout, Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State, Spy Game, and Deja Vu most recently. The screenplay was written by Oscar winning screenwriter Brian Helgeland, of L.A. Confidential, Conspiracy Theory, Payback, Mystic River, and Man on Fire previously. While John Godey's novel is officially credited as the inspiration, this is also a remake of Joseph Sargent's 1974 film of the same name that starred Walter Matthau. Sony Pictures is bringing The Taking of Pelham 123 to theaters on June 12th this summer.

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  • phil
    thanks for the SPOILER!!!!!!!
  • Spoiler? What spoiler! Don't tell me you figure this out by looking at the photos?
  • Chris H
    The tracks from what I've heard are still in use, but the trains simply don't stop at these stops anymore. These "abandoned" stations were used in Ghostbusters 2 to film the river of slime.
  • Joe
    Wasn't that in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 as well?
  • Dr Robotnik
    #4 - I thought so too! Good catch
  • Last Son
    Thanks for the heads up Alex. I am a huge fan of Tony Scott's work and cannot wait to see this film.

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