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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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Watchable but not really memorable See more (17 total) »


  (in credits order)

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")
Roxanne Amandez ... Woman on train (as Roxanne Wagner)
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 Dancer (segment "Subway Car From Hell")
Lara McFarlane ... Girl Dancer #2 (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 ... Guy in Wheelchair (segment "The Red Shoes")

Christine Lahti ... Red Shoes 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 ... Mystery Girl (segment "Love on the A Train")

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

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

Mario Macaluso ... Buddy (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:

Frank Benettieri Jr. ... Stalker
Joseph M. Marmo ... Flower Vender

Gloria Sauve ... Green family Daughter
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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80 min
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: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Venice Report (1997) (TV)See more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Watchable but not really memorable, 27 March 2011
Author: highwaytourist from United States

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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