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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

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

Goofs

In the segment, "The 5:24", the Tuesday train is shown entering the station and traveling throughout the scene from left to right, but at the end the car is seen rolling into a station right to left with Tucker and the Old Man in the same seats. 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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Trains to nowhere
13 September 2004 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

The New York Subway is not just a transit network: it's also a place where all sides of that city's racial divide come together, albeit not necessarily in harmony. Even I have a collection of several Subway stories, and I was only in New York for 4 days. So the idea of making a film based on the true experiences of Subway users might not appear bad. But a collection of separate short films (each by a different director) always runs the risk of going nowhere, of offering underdeveloped plots and scenes that are meaningless without context: most of these stories end undramatically when someone simply gets off the train, and feel no more exciting or complete than the tales that I sometimes bore my friends with. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, my favourite segment is 'The 5:24', which develops a proper narrative despite fitting the overall pattern of chance encounters on brief journeys. Overall, however, 'SUBWAY stories' mainly reflects its subject matter: diverse, functional, but not exactly a place you'd choose to be without a very good reason.


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