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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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6 November 1985 (USA)  »

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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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One of many collaborations between Jean Reno and Luc Besson. They also worked in Le Dernier Combat (The Last Battle) (1983), The Big Blue (1988), La Femme Nikita (1990) and Léon: The Professional (1994). See more »

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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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Written and Performed by Rickie Lee Jones
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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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