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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:
Bill Irwin (segment "Subway Car from Hell")
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")
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")
Knish Buyer (segment "Subway Car from Hell") (as Joseph Toutebon)
Daniel Wolff ...
Knish Buyer (segment "Subway Car from Hell")


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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Every ride is as unpredictable as the city itself. See more »




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Release Date:

17 August 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Subway Stories  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Spike Lee directed a segment titled "Niggericans" but it did not make the final cut. See more »


Tucker gets off at the 7th avenue stop, noted by the signs on the brick pole, but at the top, the sign hanging from the ceiling is revealing the actual true stop, which looked to be Church Avenue. See more »


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 »


Featured in Venice Report (1997) See more »

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Engaging and clever movie.
19 January 2001 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Funny, poignant, attractively economical. Maybe the stories (and the subway scenes) are a touch sanitized but the whole thing works wondrously. It sometimes reminds you of "Smoke" - very high praise. Loved the NYC tourist's game of recognizing the stations and character types.

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