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Subway (1985)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Thriller  |  6 November 1985 (USA)
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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 sureal setting. The Roller is a rollerskating ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred (as Christophe Lambert)
Le Fleuriste
Michel Galabru ...
Le Roller
Jean Bouise ...
Le Chef de Station
Jean-Claude Lecas ...
Pierre-Ange Le Pogam ...
Le Batteur
Le Bassiste
Arthur Simms ...
Le Chanteur
Michel D'Oz ...
Le Guitariste
Alain Guillard ...
Le Saxophoniste
Jimmy Blanche ...
Le Percussioniste


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 sureal 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 <>

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An underground story where lives intertwine


Comedy | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

6 November 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Metro  »

Box Office


FRF 17,000,000 (estimated)


FRF 2,917,562 (France)

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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Luc Besson:  is the train operator in the hold up scene. See more »


The Drummer: Hey, how you're doing cats?
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Ambient, moody, stirring and very eighties production.
31 January 1999 | by (Western Australia) – See all my reviews

Before Christopher Lambert's downfall into garish sci-fi flicks such as Highlander 2 & 3 and Fortress, he starred in some very good French films. 'Subway' is one of them.

The film opens in the midst of a car chase, and from there, Fred, the protagonist, finds himself sifting through the underground maze of the Paris Metro (or the subway).

During his escape from the authorities, he meets all sorts of colourful characters. Vagabonds and thieves who introduce him into the seedy underworld of the Paris Metro. The film keeps up a decent pace and the character study is of top notch.

A quality production. Eight out of ten.

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