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Subway (1985)

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 ... See full summary »

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Fred (as Christophe Lambert)
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Le Chef de Station
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Jean-Claude Lecas ...
Robin
Pierre-Ange Le Pogam ...
Jean
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Le Bassiste (as Eric Serra)
Arthur Simms ...
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 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

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6 November 1985 (USA)  »

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Metro  »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF 17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,332, 10 November 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$390,659

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,272,637
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| (edited version) (English dubbed) (edited)

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2.35 : 1
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Jean-Hugues Anglade also appeared in two other films directed by Luc Besson: La Femme Nikita (1990) and Léon: The Professional (1994), though in the latter he can only be seen in the extended version of the film. See more »

Quotes

Fred: Oh yeah, there's a picture of you as a kid too. 9 years old, 60 pounds,
[laughs]
Fred: Oh, you were a looker even back then... I'll knock the price down to 10,000 if you let me keep it.
Héléna: Okay.
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Soundtracks

Guns and People
Written by Corine Marienneau and Éric Serra
Performed by Arthur Simms
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loved it!
23 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

I just purchased the Besson Movie set and watched Subway for the first time. What can I say.. I loved this movie, it's a totally immersive experience, so simple and yet so effective.. a skill so seldom seen in today's pathetic movie making "attempts".

It's so refreshing to see a director not afraid to use the film medium so efficiently to foretell a story.


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