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Taking of Pelham One Two Three, The, Caz Dolowicz (Tom Pedi)

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Film: Taking of Pelham One Two Three, The (1974)
Deceased Character: Caz Dolowicz (Tom Pedi)
Archetype: Goody (Minor)
Killed by: Mr. Grey (Hector Elizondo)
Killed with: Machine Gun

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Written by Old Bluffer 4th Jun 2009

Written by Kooshmeister

Caz Dolowicz is the trainmaster in charge of New York's Grand Central Terminal, whose job it is to oversee that the city's subway trains run smoothly. And so when one train in particular, bearing the callsign Pelham 123, stops in the tracks shortly after leaving the station, Dolowicz understandably wants to know what's going on. Especially when the motorman refuses to answer the radio.

What nobody in Grand Central Terminal knows just yet is that Pelham 123 has in fact been taken over by a gang of hijackers, led by one "Mr. Blue." Blue and his associates send half the hostages back down the tunnel, keeping eighteen with them in the stopped train.

Even as Mr. Blue is getting in contact with transit police office Lieutenant Zachary Garber, Dolowicz, unaware of the situation and losing his patience, decides to go down there and investigate why the train has stopped personally, showing us why he's the trainmaster. On his way he encounters the motorman and passengers walking back to the station, and he manages to get a basic version of what has happened from Denny Doyle, the motorman. Despite knowing now that Pelham 123 is being held by a bunch of guys with guns, Dolowicz marches on resolutely anyway.

Doyle warns him, "I wouldn't go down there if I were you!" To which an annoyed Dolowicz snaps, "I know you wouldn't!"

When Lt. Garber learns that the Grand Central trainmaster has set off down the tunnel to confront the gunmen alone, he gets on the radio and instructs a transit cop named James to go after him and bring him back. James is light on his feet and manages to hurry down the tunnel and (sort of) catch up to Dolowicz just as the trainmaster reaches the rear of the subway car. However gunman "Mr. Grey," is guarding the rear door, notices the approaching man and yells at him to stay back. Dolowicz keeps coming. At this new development, Officer James wisely decides to hide and watch.

"Hold it right there, cowboy!" Mr. Grey yells. Dolowicz angrily demands to know who he's talking to. "Well, you'll find out if you take another step!" Grey warns.

"I'm warnin' you, mister, that's city property you're fooling around with!""Why didn't you go grab a goddamn airplane like everybody else?" Dolowicz snarls, still approaching. Grey again warns him to stay back. "The hell with you," Dolowicz insists, apparently unfazed by the sight of Grey's machine gun, which he is now obviously brandishing in plane view, "I'm comin' on board!"

"I warned ya, stupid!" Grey grumbles, and then without any further ado sprays the tunnel with automatic gunfire. Dolowicz reels from the hail of bullets as the hostages inside the train scream, then finally collapses dead face-down in the middle of the tracks. Mr. Blue asks what happened, and Mr. Grey gives a truncated version. When Blue asks whether Dolowicz was alone, Grey cannot say. He then chuckles and comments, "I guess I got us on the scoreboard, though, right?"

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