Down 8,129 this week

SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground (1997)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Drama  |  17 August 1997 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 1,116 users  
Reviews: 17 user | 6 critic

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 »


(segment), (segment), 9 more credits »
0Check in

The 25 Most Immersive Worlds in Cinema

Highly immersive cinematic worlds can carry a movie, and we've rounded up the best of the best.

See the full list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1736 titles
created 31 Jul 2011
a list of 235 titles
created 17 Mar 2012
a list of 27 titles
created 05 Aug 2012
a list of 39 titles
created 03 Mar 2013
list image
a list of 30 titles
created 1 month ago

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground (TV Movie 1997)

SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground (TV Movie 1997) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground.
2 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Jonathan Demme documentary of Neil Young and Crazy Horse performing 4 songs from the album "Sleeps With Angels."

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Ralph Molina, Frank 'Pancho' Sampedro, Billy Talbot
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Rock-music lover and feature-film director Jonathan Demme takes on eccentric British singer-songwriter, Robyn Hitchcock, in an ambitious concert film. Setting up a stage in a New York ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Robyn Hitchcock, Deni Bonet, Tim Keegan
Mulberry St. (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Born in the Bronx and raised in upstate New York, Abel Ferrara started his professional film career on Mulberry Street in 1975. For the past year he's been living on the block, and the ... See full summary »

Director: Abel Ferrara
Stars: Danny Aiello, Frank Aquilino, Frankie Cee
Involuntary (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

It's almost summer in Sweden and minor indiscretions and misbehavior abound. Leffe likes to show off for his friends and play salacious pranks, especially when he's drinking. Meanwhile, a ... See full summary »

Director: Ruben Östlund
Stars: Villmar Björkman, Linnea Cart-Lamy, Leif Edlund Johansson
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The true story of Jean Dominique, a Haitian radio journalist and human rights activist.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Jean Dominique, Aboudja, Ronald Reagan
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

I'm Carolyn Parker unfolds as an inspiring portrait of an extraordinary woman. Carolyn Parker was the last to leave her neighborhood when Hurricane Katrina approached New Orleans in the ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Demme
'R Xmas (2001)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A New York drug dealer is kidnapped, and his wife must try to come up with the money and drugs to free him from his abductors before Christmas.

Director: Abel Ferrara
Stars: Drea de Matteo, Lillo Brancato, Lisa Valens
The Blackout (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A debauched Hollywood movie actor tries to piece together one wild night in Miami years earlier which remains a drug-induced blur, and soon finds out that some questions about his past are best left unanswered.

Director: Abel Ferrara
Stars: Matthew Modine, Claudia Schiffer, Béatrice Dalle
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Chelsea on the Rocks celebrates the personalities and artistic voices that have emerged from the legendary residence, the Chelsea Hotel, in the heart of New York. Once considered an ... See full summary »

Director: Abel Ferrara
Stars: Ira Cohen, Gerald Busby, Stanley Bard
Red Hot and Blue (TV Movie 1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Contemporary pop performers reinterpreting several songs of Cole Porter, in music videos directed by established directors.

Directors: Percy Adlon, David Byrne, and 17 more credits »
Stars: Afrika Bambaataa, Bono, David Byrne
Cousin Bobby (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A documentary about Director Jonathan Demme's cousin, an Episcopalian minister in Harlem.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Robert W. Castle, Jonathan Demme
Crime | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Directors: Daniel González Dueñas, Diego López Rivera, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Odiseo Bichir, Diana Bracho


Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself (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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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




R | See all certifications »




Release Date:

17 August 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Subway Stories  »

Filming Locations:

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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


Narration at the start of the segment "Love on the A Train" identifies the man's daily starting point as Hoyt-Schermerhorn station. But on the day of the "first fight", it stops at Hoyt-Schermerhorn after he's on board. See more »

Crazy Credits

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


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

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A little bit of unforgettable urban poetry.
9 September 2001 | by (Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

Like the few other viewers of "Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground" who bothered to comment on this wonderful HBO "indie" film, I came upon it by chance (well, channel-surfing to tell the truth) and immediately became enthralled. A series of shorts held together by the NYC subway setting (obviously), by a wonderful framing device that brings the work to a highly satisfying and affirmative conclusion, and by a shared sense of found life, the effect of the whole is even greater than the individual parts although some of those were unforgettable.

Each of the stories were, like life, completely unpredictable and most were left open-ended: Was the stock-tipster (Jerry Stiller) a con-man or an unacknowledged financial genius? Was the beggar (Dennis Leary) a bitter Vietnam Vet or the cynical system-beater he was accused of being by the Lady in the Red Shoes (Christine Lahti)? Would the pregnant woman (Anne Heche) jump into the oncoming subway and would the calloused New Yorker with the headphones (Gregory Hines)notice, care, try to stop her? I could never guess any of the resolutions or stop wondering about their significance.

The structure of "Subway Stories" is somewhat analogous to the loosely connected short stories in Joyce's collection, "Dubliners." Each segment is a little slice of life that builds not to a rousing climax, but to an understated epiphany in which either we, a character, or both share a moment of truthful revelation. Although not all the stories are equally developed or intriguing, the whole production is characterized by first rate ensemble acting and direction. There's some great music too.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Favorite Story? Zoleia
DVD? UMiamiFilm
why not a part 2? userx
sax cantor riff moebicious
Should have been released in theatres Zoleia
What was that song at the beginning? michaeldunham200

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: