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Release Date:
17 August 1997 (USA) See more »
Every ride is as unpredictable as the city itself. See more »
The actual experiences of New York City subway riders are dramatized in a collection of 10 intriguing and very different vignettes... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A mixed bag of short stories that is mainly interesting and enjoyable See more (17 total) »


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Bill Irwin ... Himself (segment "Subway Car From Hell")

KRS-One ... 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")

Andre B. Blake ... 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")

Joe Toutebon ... Knish Buyer (segment "Subway Car From Hell") (as Joseph Toutebon)
Daniel Wolff ... Knish Buyer (segment "Subway Car From Hell")
Mari Danzi ... Girl Dancing (segment "Subway Car From Hell")
Lara McFarlane ... Girl Dancing (segment "Subway Car From Hell")
Angie Utt ... Distinguished Rider (segment "Subway Car From Hell")
Audrey Meyers ... Distinguished Rider (segment "Subway Car From Hell")

Denis Leary ... Wheelchair Man (segment "The Red Shoes")

Christine Lahti ... Red Shoe Woman (segment "The Red Shoes")

N'Bushe Wright ... Young Girl (segment "The Red Shoes")

Kevin Corrigan ... Writer (segment "The Red Shoes")
Marie Barrientos ... Ragged Woman (segment "The Red Shoes")

O.L. Duke ... News Seller (segment "The Red Shoes")
Ellen Gould ... Shopper (segment "The Red Shoes")

John C. Vennema ... Executive (segment "The Red Shoes")
Sixto Ramos ... Security Guard (segment "The Red Shoes")
Erika Greene ... Nurse (segment "The Red Shoes")

Steve Zahn ... Tucker (segment "The 5:24")

Jerry Stiller ... Old Man (segment "The 5:24")

Bonnie Hunt ... Fern McDermott (segment "Fern's Heart of Darkness")
Richard Spore ... White Man (segment "Fern's Heart of Darkness")

Mekhi Phifer ... Man in Hallway (segment "Fern's Heart of Darkness")

José Ramón Rosario ... Transit Worker (segment "Fern's Heart of Darkness")

Nancy Ticotin ... Business Woman (segment "Fern's Heart of Darkness")
John Ford Noonan ... Blanket Man (segment "Fern's Heart of Darkness")

Lili Taylor ... Belinda (segment "The Listeners")

Michael Rapaport ... Jake (segment "The Listeners")

Israel Horovitz ... Older Man (segment "The Listeners")

Mercedes Ruehl ... Leyla (segment "Underground")
Zachary Taylor ... Wayne (segment "Underground")

Peter Sarsgaard ... Boy #1 (segment "Underground") (as Peter Scarsgaard)

Jeremy Jordan ... Boy #2 (segment "Underground")
Bruce Smolanoff ... Boy #3 (segment "Underground")
Rob Clasen ... Boy #4 (segment "Underground")
Jay Bailey ... Subway Musician (segment "Underground")

Sarita Choudhury ... Humera (segment "Honey-Getter")

Nicole Ari Parker ... Sharon (segment "Honey-Getter")

Ajay Naidu ... Prashant (segment "Honey-Getter")

Danny Hoch ... Edward (segment "Honey-Getter")
Steven Randazzo ... Officer Mulioli (segment "Honey-Getter")
Gi Shen ... Subway Musician (segment "Honey-Getter")
Kenny Garrett ... Sax Player (segment "Sax Cantor Riff")

Sam Rockwell ... Man Eating (segment "Sax Cantor Riff")
Sol Frieder ... Old News Man (segment "Sax Cantor Riff")
Tammi Cubilette ... Denise (segment "Sax Cantor Riff")

Kavi Ladnier ... D'Jamila (segment "Sax Cantor Riff") (as Kavitha Ramachandran)

Bruklin Harris ... Dorcas (segment "Sax Cantor Riff")

Taral Hicks ... Woman with Flowers (segment "Sax Cantor Riff")
Daniel Rous ... Jewish Cantor (segment "Sax Cantor Riff") (as Dan Rous)
Will Hare ... Homeless Man (segment "Sax Cantor Riff")

Rosie Perez ... The Girl (segment "Love on the A Train")

Michael McGlone ... John T. (segment "Love on the A Train") (as Mike McGlone)

Gretchen Mol ... Wife (segment "Love on the A Train")

Gregory Hines ... Jack (segment "Manhattan Miracle")

Anne Heche ... Pregnant Girl (segment "Manhattan Miracle")

George T. Odom ... Miracle Old Man (segment "Manhattan Miracle") (as George Odom)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John D. Bair ... Russian Commuter (uncredited)

John Bryant ... Commuter (uncredited)
Christopher Del Gaudio ... Guy with Beret ("Subway Car From Hell") (uncredited)
Stacie Johnsen ... Commuter (uncredited)

Adrian Lee ... Commuter (uncredited)

Steve Nuke ... Poley (segment "Love on the A Train") (uncredited)
Frank Turek ... Passenger (segment "Subway Car From Hell") (uncredited)
Christopher White ... Subway Passenger (uncredited)

Directed by
Bob Balaban (segment "5: 24, The")
Patricia Benoit (segment "Fern's Heart of Darkness")
Julie Dash (segment "Sax Cantor Riff")
Jonathan Demme (segment "Subway Car from Hell")
Ted Demme (segment "Manhattan Miracle")
Abel Ferrara (segment "Love on the A Train")
Alison Maclean (segment "Honey-Getter")
Craig McKay (segment "Red Shoes, The")
Lucas Platt (segment "Underground")
Seth Zvi Rosenfeld (segment "Listeners, The") (as Seth Rosenfeld)
Writing credits
Adam Brooks (segment "Subway Car from Hell")

John Guare (segment "The Red Shoes")

Lynn Grossman (segment "The 5: 24")

Angela Todd (segment "Fern's Heart of Darkness")

Seth Zvi Rosenfeld (segment "The Listeners") (as Seth Rosenfeld)

Albert Innaurato (segment "Underground")

Danny Hoch (segment "Honey-Getter")

Julie Dash (segment "Sax Cantor Riff")

Marla Hanson (segment "Love on the A Train")

Joe Viola (segment "Manhattan Miracle")

Rosie Perez  creator

Produced by
Jonathan Demme .... executive producer
Richard Guay .... producer
Rosie Perez .... executive producer
Edward Saxon .... executive producer
Valerie Thomas .... producer
Victoria Westhead .... associate producer
Original Music by
Mecca Bodega 
Cinematography by
Tom Hurwitz (segment "Red Shoes, The")
Tony C. Jannelli (segment "Subway Car from Hell") (as Anthony Jannelli)
Ken Kelsch (7 of 10 segments)
Adam Kimmel (segment "Manhattan Miracle")
Film Editing by
Angelo Corrao (segment "5: 24, The") (as Angelo Correo)
Andy Keir (segment "Subway Car from Hell")
Elizabeth Kling (segments "Fern's Heart of Darkness", "Sax Cantor Riff", "Love on the A Train")
Colleen Sharp (segment "Red Shoes, The")
Donna Stern (segment "Listeners, The")
Jeffrey Wolf (segments "Underground", "Honey-Getter", "Manhattan Miracle")
Casting by
Sheila Jaffe 
Georgianne Walken 
Production Design by
Ed Check  (as Edward Check)
Set Decoration by
Carol Silverman 
Costume Design by
Donna Berwick 
Makeup Department
Dionne Alexander .... hair stylist: Ms. Perez
Judy Chin .... key makeup artist
Daisy Curbeon .... additional hair stylist
Annie M. DeMille .... key hair stylist (as Annie de Mille)
Bella Sirugo .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Victor De Jesus .... production supervisor
Eitan Hakami .... post-production supervisor
Victoria Westhead .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Booth .... second second assistant director (as Stephen Booth)
Lisa Janowski .... second assistant director
Todd Pfeiffer .... first assistant director (as Todd R. Pfeiffer)
Jonathan Starch .... first assistant director
Art Department
Victor Littlejohn .... key on-set dresser
Ben Telford .... assistant art director
Mark Bachman .... sign designer (uncredited)
Carlos Menéndez .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Evan T. Chen .... assistant sound editor
Lewis Goldstein .... supervising sound editor
William Sarokin .... sound mixer
Reilly Steele .... sound re-recording mixer
Allan Zaleski .... assistant sound editor
Dustin DuPilka .... assistant foley artist (uncredited)
Damian Achilles .... stunts
Jay Carrado .... stunt double: Wayne
Jeff Ward .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Almeida .... electrician
Brian Carmichael .... video assist operator
Tim Davies .... grip
Shaun Gilbert .... electrician
Robert Kummert .... key grip
Dennis A. Livesey .... first assistant camera
Jamie A. Marlowe .... camera loader
Michael Marzovilla .... gaffer
Don Muchow .... gaffer
Mark Schwentner .... best boy electric
John Velez .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lynne Maureen Curtis .... wardrobe supervisor
Michelle Martini .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Molly Bernstein .... associate editor
Jason Block .... post-production assistant
Keith Croket .... assistant editor (segment "The Red Shoes")
Michelle Harrison .... assistant editor
Andy Keir .... supervising editor (segment "Subway Car from Hell")
Lara Khachooni .... assistant supervising editor
Music Department
Mecca Bodega .... musician
Tod Holcomb .... music editor
Alex Steyermark .... Score Producer
Alex Steyermark .... music supervisor
Other crew
Albertine Anderson .... special events coordinator: MTA
Neda Armian .... assistant: Jonathan Demme
Marcus Book .... special events coordinator: MTA
Andrea F. Cannistraci .... production legal
Luis A. Colon .... production assistant
Nicholas Corrao .... production assistant
Liz Dykhouse .... post production accountant
Alan Grabelsky .... vice president production
Brian Jude .... office production assistant
Keegan Martin .... production assistant
Margo Myers .... production accountant
Exile Ramirez .... production assistant
Dawn Murphy Riley .... production coordinator
Dwayne Alexander Smith .... location assistant (as Dwayne A. Smith)
Miura Smith .... assistant to producer
Mary Tobler .... assistant to producer
Al Valentine .... location manager
Sammy Verni .... production intern
Holly Watson .... assistant: Richard Guay
John D. Genovese .... assistant to production executive (uncredited)
M.J. Magbanua .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)

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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: 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 »
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Featured in Venice Report (1997) (TV)See more »


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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A mixed bag of short stories that is mainly interesting and enjoyable, 22 February 2005
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

HBO invited the citizens of New York to send in their stories and experiences of travelling on the subway system – 1000's did. From these, this film was produced, using the real experiences of day to day travel to inspire this anthology of short stories. Starting with a man who learns the hard way the importance of following the crowd, the film continues with the Vietnam veteran who gets a backlash from the passengers, a woman trapped in a turnstile, a man conducting an affair on a train and a man who starts getting stock tips from an old man riding the morning train each day.

Not getting HBO in the UK, we are pretty reliant on what is imported by other channels; many of the biggest shows make it of course but it is less common for the many cable movies made by the station to reach the UK. So it was with surprise that I found somebody had bought this collection of stories and stuck in the late night schedules to be mostly overlooked and ignored. Loving short films as a type of movie experience I wanted to give this a try and I wanted it to be good and, on the whole, it was pretty enjoyable and interesting. Some of the stories are very basic or reveal their all as easily as a paid dancer and these tend to be the lesser films even if they do still have some merit.

However the films that stood out in my mind are those that capture the randomness of life in a big city, where things happen quickly that can't be repeated or ever relived, where you don't know all the answers and it is more than just a funny story that happened. A couple of the shorts here hit this on the money and are interesting and yet leave you not knowing everything so that it does linger with questions and so on. It is these couple of shorts (Miracle Manhattan, 5:24, Love on the A Train, The Red Shoes in particular) that make the film worth seeing even if the other ones are fairly ordinary and only really watchable without being special (Fern's Heart of Darkness and Sax Cantor Riff to name two).

The cast is impressive even if they are not all used that well and the quality of performances does rather depend on the material. Not to rate everybody but; KRS-One was a surprise but did the job; N'Bushe Wright was good; Denis Leary was impressive and convincing; Zahn was unusually understated as indeed was Stiller; I don't understand why Mekhi Phifer bothered to show up considering all he got out of it; Taylor and Rapaport make an average film better; Rockwell is an interesting find with nothing to do; Perez isn't annoying (is there higher praise than that?); Heche is shot in the distance and hard to make out and has her short stolen by a good turn from the late Gregory Hines. The rest are OK in support but really the film is more about the stories than the cast and weak stories aren't greatly improved even when they do have a good cast here.

Overall this is an interesting collection and I'm glad I saw it. There are no really bad entries but one or two are fairly ordinary and I wouldn't rate them if they had been short films in their own right; however the majority are actually well done, interesting stories that snapshot memories and half stories to be interesting and leave the audience curious but, like the train, forced to move along and take what we can from them. Not a brilliant collection by any means but the good outweighs the average and it is worth seeing if you get the chance.

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