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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

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Thriller

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Release Date:

6 November 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Metro  »

Box Office

Budget:

FRF 17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

FRF 2,917,562 (France)
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2.35 : 1
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The Singer: [singing] How can I keep on smiling at their disguise? When I know nothing good ever comes from lies. My heart is no beginner. But still, I can lose my temper. Yeah. How can we keep on watching that fuckin' TV? We're so bored, we don't even care what we see. Takes our strength away. And never, never shows us the way. No. But I think I know the answer. It's only mystery and I like it.
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It's Only Mystery
Written by Corine Marienneau, Eric Serra and Louis Bertignac
Performed by Arthur Simms
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Really a lot of fun.
2 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

It would be difficult to describe "Subway." Fortunately, I threw it into the DVD player knowing only who directed it, who starred in it, and that it was set in the Paris Metro. Maybe that was a plus for me, since I had no idea where the serpentine, if occasionally silly, plot was going. Suffice it to say that Christophe Lambert is chased into the Paris Metro, clutching some files that Isabelle Adjani is desperate to get her hands on. Of course, there's a romance with them, and a number of supporting characters--a roller skating purse snatcher, a smart cop, a dumb cop, a philosophical flower vendor, etc. Like many Luc Besson films, this one is over the top from the get-go, a crazy ride to nowhere, surreal, perhaps, but a bit obtuse at times with its eye-rolling symbolism. But it's fun, especially the excessive 80s look of the costumes and hairstyles, and Eric Serra's synth-and-bass-heavy soundtrack. Between Lambert and Adjani, I have to reserve all the praise for the lady, who deliciously scores with superb comic timing.


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