On improvising a burglary at a shady tycoon's home, Fred takes refuge in the hip and surreal universe of the Paris Metro and encounters its assorted denizens, the tycoon's henchmen and his disenchanted young wife.


Luc Besson


Luc Besson (dialogue), Luc Besson (scenario) | 5 more credits »
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Adjani ... Héléna
Christopher Lambert ... Fred (as Christophe Lambert)
Richard Bohringer ... Le Fleuriste
Michel Galabru ... Le Commissaire Gesberg
Jean-Hugues Anglade ... Le Roller
Jean Bouise ... Le Chef de Station
Jean-Pierre Bacri ... Batman
Jean-Claude Lecas ... Robin
Pierre-Ange Le Pogam Pierre-Ange Le Pogam ... Jean
Jean Reno ... Le Batteur
Éric Serra ... Le Bassiste (as Eric Serra)
Arthur Simms Arthur Simms ... Le Chanteur
Michel D'Oz Michel D'Oz ... Le Guitariste
Alain Guillard Alain Guillard ... Le Saxophoniste
Jimmy Blanche Jimmy Blanche ... Le Percussioniste


Fred is living in the Paris Metro system. He is blackmailing Helena, whose safe he has robbed. Fred has various 'friends' all living in this surreal setting. The Roller is a rollerskating bag snatcher and Big Bill is a 'strongman'. The blackmail and Freds relationship with Helena and her heavies make up the bulk of the plot but on the side are Freds attempts to start a band using buskers from the Metro. Written by Matthew Stanfield <mattst@cogs.susx.ac.uk>

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'Subway' returned over $22 million at the box office on an investment budget of $2.6 million. It was the 3rd most popular film in France in 1985. See more »


The Drummer: Who's that chick?
Fred: Cinderella.
The Drummer: Well, your Cinderella's got a pistol this big in her bag.
Fred: It's her magic wand.
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Alternate Versions

When first shown in the UK, on BBC Television (in French, and in wide screen with black bars top and bottom, the sub-titles shown in the lower black bar), Rickie Lee Jones' song 'Lucky Guy' was the song on the radio Lambert and Adjani danced to in the subway café. Since then all showings of the film on UK TV have replaced it with a different band track. See more »


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A Lucky Guy
Written and Performed by Rickie Lee Jones
(from album "Pirates")
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pointless, plotless, putrid
26 November 2003 | by Lloyd_DobblerSee all my reviews

I love French cinema, just so you know. However... This movie has no plot, no character development, no vision, and no coherence. It starts nowhere and goes nowhere. It doesn't so much "end" as much as it just "stops". I own this film on DVD, and I can't even give it away because I'd feel responsible for whoever else would watch it. Besson is a master. Even the masters can craft some dreck. This is a terrible, terrible, terrible film.

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Release Date:

6 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


FRF17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,332, 10 November 1985

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| (edited version) (English dubbed) (edited)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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