Tag Archives: Martin Balsam

Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, Martin Balsam, Sô Yamamura, Jason Robards, Drama, War, Action, History

Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) 1
In 1941 the Japanese are at odds with the United States on a number of issues which they are attempting to resolve via their Washington embassy. In case this diplomacy fails, the military are hatching plans for a surprise early Sunday morning air attack on the U.S. base at Pearl Harbour. American intelligence is breaking the Japanese diplomatic messages but few high-ups are prepared to believe that an attack is likely, let alone where or how it might come.

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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) Joseph Sargent, Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam, Action, Crime, Thriller

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (Joseph Sargent, 1974)
Four seemingly-unrelated men board subway train Pelham 1:23 at successive stations. Mr. Blue, Mr. Green, Mr. Grey and Mr. Brown are heavily armed and overpower the motorman and novice conductor to take control of the train. Between stations they separate the front car from the remainder of the train, setting passengers in the back cars and the motorman free. The four demand $1 million ransom within exactly one hour for the remaining eighteen hostages, including the conductor. If their demands are not met in time or their directions are not followed precisely, they will begin to shoot hostages dead, one every minute the money is late. Wisecracking Lt. Zach Garber of the transit police ends up being the primary communicator between the hijackers and the authorities, which includes transit operations, his own police force, the NYPD, and the unpopular and currently flu ridden mayor who will make the ultimate decision of whether to pay the ransom.

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