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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Did You Know?


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


The Roller Skater: So what're you doing down here?
Fred: Ha! That's a good question! Can I trust you?
The Roller Skater: No, but tell me anyway.
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References West Side Story (1961) See more »


A Lucky Guy
Written and Performed by Rickie Lee Jones
(from album "Pirates")
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What a Vision
2 November 2000 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

Besson... or pre-Besson... only the name fit right already... anyone who sees the movie can feel that its director was aiming for higher points... all the movie (if you catch it in its widescreen edition) is filmed geometrically and Besson uses all the length of the field to capture emotions, moments, visions in a film that refuses to take itself seriously, and only wants to amuse people... if you're looking for the typical Besson movie, watch this one: style-breathing, visionary, gripping and good-humored. Eric Serra's score reflects perfectly not only all an atmosphere but also the evolution of a partnership between director and composer. Check out the way the film starts and never stops. I never saw a movie which reflected so perfectly an intense, artificial atmosphere, and a so vivid characterization of the labyrinths society can create and the sub-creatures that can live inside it... I wish I was French and that I was born 10 years earlier, so that I could live more of this movie when it came out, as well as all the movies by Besson. Oh well, I'll stick to reality and marvel at this finely crafted movie, which I never get tired of. 9 out of 10!!!

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