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Subway (1985)

On improvising a burglary at a shady tycoon's home, Fred takes refuge in the hip and surreal universe of the Paris Metro and encounters its assorted denizens, the tycoon's henchmen and his disenchanted young wife.

Director:

Luc Besson

Writers:

Luc Besson (dialogue), Luc Besson (scenario) | 5 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Adjani ... Héléna
Christopher Lambert ... Fred (as Christophe Lambert)
Richard Bohringer ... Le Fleuriste
Michel Galabru ... Le Commissaire Gesberg
Jean-Hugues Anglade ... Le Roller
Jean Bouise ... Le Chef de Station
Jean-Pierre Bacri ... Batman
Jean-Claude Lecas ... Robin
Pierre-Ange Le Pogam Pierre-Ange Le Pogam ... Jean
Jean Reno ... Le Batteur
Éric Serra ... Le Bassiste (as Eric Serra)
Arthur Simms Arthur Simms ... Le Chanteur
Michel D'Oz Michel D'Oz ... Le Guitariste
Alain Guillard Alain Guillard ... Le Saxophoniste
Jimmy Blanche Jimmy Blanche ... Le Percussioniste
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Storyline

Fred is living in the Paris Metro system. He is blackmailing Helena, whose safe he has robbed. Fred has various 'friends' all living in this surreal setting. The Roller is a rollerskating bag snatcher and Big Bill is a 'strongman'. The blackmail and Freds relationship with Helena and her heavies make up the bulk of the plot but on the side are Freds attempts to start a band using buskers from the Metro. Written by Matthew Stanfield <mattst@cogs.susx.ac.uk>

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An underground story where lives intertwine See more »

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Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

6 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Metro See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF 17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,332, 10 November 1985

Gross USA:

$390,659

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,272,637
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (edited version) (English dubbed) (edited)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Luc Besson: is the train operator in the hold up scene. See more »

Quotes

The Commissioner: [after seeing his wife crying] Mrs. Kerman, is there a problem?
Héléna: No. I was just telling your wife that I don't give a fuck about her stories.
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Alternate Versions

An alternate version has been shown on television in the UK. During the car chase sequence, the music (titled "Speedway" on the soundtrack album) has been replaced with the song "The Murder Of Love" by German band Propaganda. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Complete Idiot (2007) See more »

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It's Only Mystery
Written by Corine Marienneau, Éric Serra and Louis Bertignac
Performed by Arthur Simms
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Going nowhere slowly
12 February 2003 | by gelobterSee all my reviews

There are a lot of people who rate this film so perhaps I just didn't understand it but I suspect that there wasn't much that needed understanding. I am a great fan of French films but this one seemed pretty pointless to me and there is little to say about it. It didn't satisfy either as an "entertaining" film (it has no real plot) or as a "thought-provoking" film (no character development, no analysis of human relations, etc). It also seemed to me to be very self-consciously American in style, if not a rather crude attempt to make a French film more palatable to the US market. There's nothing wrong with imitating the style of a country whose movies have conquered the world but I didn't think the director achieved it with any subtlety. Even the title of the film is a US English word. I guess it's just not my kind of film.


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