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Subway (1985)

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.

Director:

Luc Besson

Writers:

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

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Cast

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 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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Subway. A Seductive Fable. See more »

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

6 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Metro See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF 17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,332, 10 November 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$390,659

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,272,637
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of many collaborations between Jean Reno and Luc Besson. They also worked in Le Dernier Combat (The Last Battle) (1983), The Big Blue (1988), La Femme Nikita (1990) and Léon: The Professional (1994). See more »

Quotes

Fred: Oh yeah, there's a picture of you as a kid too. 9 years old, 60 pounds,
[laughs]
Fred: Oh, you were a looker even back then... I'll knock the price down to 10,000 if you let me keep it.
Héléna: Okay.
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Alternate Versions

An alternate version has been shown on television in the UK. During the car chase sequence, the music (titled "Speedway" on the soundtrack album) has been replaced with the song "The Murder Of Love" by German band Propaganda. See more »


Soundtracks

It's Only Mystery
Written by Corine Marienneau, Éric Serra and Louis Bertignac
Performed by Arthur Simms
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What a Vision
2 November 2000 | by DockelektroSee all my reviews

Besson... or pre-Besson... only the name fit right already... anyone who sees the movie can feel that its director was aiming for higher points... all the movie (if you catch it in its widescreen edition) is filmed geometrically and Besson uses all the length of the field to capture emotions, moments, visions in a film that refuses to take itself seriously, and only wants to amuse people... if you're looking for the typical Besson movie, watch this one: style-breathing, visionary, gripping and good-humored. Eric Serra's score reflects perfectly not only all an atmosphere but also the evolution of a partnership between director and composer. Check out the way the film starts and never stops. I never saw a movie which reflected so perfectly an intense, artificial atmosphere, and a so vivid characterization of the labyrinths society can create and the sub-creatures that can live inside it... I wish I was French and that I was born 10 years earlier, so that I could live more of this movie when it came out, as well as all the movies by Besson. Oh well, I'll stick to reality and marvel at this finely crafted movie, which I never get tired of. 9 out of 10!!!


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