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SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground (1997)

The actual experiences of New York City subway riders are dramatized in a collection of 10 intriguing and very different vignettes. The tales showcase an ensemble of familiar faces, and ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Bill Irwin (segment "Subway Car from Hell")
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Vendor (segment "Subway Car from Hell") (as Kris Parker 'KRS-One')
Tina North ...
Grandmother (segment "Subway Car from Hell")
Paul Lazar ...
Mr. Nervous (segment "Subway Car from Hell")
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Knish Buyer (segment "Subway Car from Hell")
Anthony S. Calypso ...
Knish Buyer (segment "Subway Car from Hell")
Robert W. Castle ...
Knish Buyer (segment "Subway Car from Hell")
Marlon Cherry ...
Musician (segment "Subway Car from Hell")
Carl J. Ferrazza ...
Hot Dog Buyer (segment "Subway Car from Hell")
Daniel Freedman ...
Strange Man (segment "Subway Car from Hell")
Marc Mueller ...
Musician (segment "Subway Car from Hell")
Paul Mueller ...
Musician (segment "Subway Car from Hell")
Simon Seven ...
Musician (segment "Subway Car from Hell")
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Knish Buyer (segment "Subway Car from Hell") (as Joseph Toutebon)
Daniel Wolff ...
Knish Buyer (segment "Subway Car from Hell")
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The actual experiences of New York City subway riders are dramatized in a collection of 10 intriguing and very different vignettes. The tales showcase an ensemble of familiar faces, and range from stories of compassion and love to reflections on violence and loss. Among them: a disabled beggar quarrels with a woman and ruins her shoes with his wheelchair, provoking onlookers to wrath and pity; a skittish tourist proves to be her own worst enemy; a newlywed trysts with a mysterious sexpot; a commuter helplessly witnesses a suicide attempt; and, in the most affecting segment, a young woman grieves over her mother's imminent death. Written by Anonymous

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Based on ten true tales of life...underground. See more »

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Trivia

HBO held a contest asking New Yorkers to submit interesting true stories that happened on the subways. The winning stories were then adapted for the film. See more »

Goofs

The Prospect Park station in Brooklyn is open cut (in a trench open to the sky), not cut and cover (underground tunnel) like Manhattan stations. See more »

Quotes

Old Man (segment "The 5:24"): As the hooker once said, "If they pay you for it, it's not love."
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Crazy Credits

The camera pans around and breaks the fourth wall by showing the crew during the closing credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in A Short Film About the Long Career of Abel Ferrara (2004) See more »

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Watchable but not really memorable
27 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

HBO started this out as a contest for people to submit stories of their real-life experiences on the New York City subway and then chose ten stories to put to this film. Some excellent actors and directors were chosen to perform in this film, which is a series of vignettes. As a result of all these talented people being involved, the film is very easy to take and sometimes entertaining. There are some moments of wit as well as a few moments of drama which are memorable. Also, "Subway Stories" creates a believable experience even in the midst of stories that sound improbable at times. None of the stories are all that bad. The trouble is that no part if this film is all that exciting or compelling. Maybe the problem is that there are so many stories that the viewer doesn't have the time to become involved in the characters and their problems. Also, many of the characters show little common sense and as a result, their dilemmas are exasperating. I suppose this is worth watching if one is intrigued by the idea. It's certainly painless to sit through. It's just that given the fascinating premise and the impressive array of talent gathered, it should have been much better.


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