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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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Subway. A Seductive Fable. See more »

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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

The Singer: [singing] How can I keep on smiling at their disguise? When I know nothing good ever comes from lies. My heart is no beginner. But still, I can lose my temper. Yeah. How can we keep on watching that fuckin' TV? We're so bored, we don't even care what we see. Takes our strength away. And never, never shows us the way. No. But I think I know the answer. It's only mystery and I like it.
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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 »

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A Lucky Guy
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Very unusual, unspecific plot.
16 September 2000 | by TubularSee all my reviews

This movie had a very unusual plot. It was basically unexplained, and at the end I was left wondering what I had just seen. It's not that the movie is hard to follow, rather that it doesn't give you much to follow. The main characters are never really defined outside of the specific events that occur in the movie, and vague references to events immediately before the beginning. Perhaps this was done on purpose, to avoid tying down the identities of those who were involved, in an effort to create the sympathetic characters most films aspire to. But it left me feeling like I'd missed something.

The film included shady denizens of the Paris Metro, but I'm not sure it focused on them as much as I expected. I expected the film to be about a normal main character running across an unbelievable array of weirdos in the subway, but the weirdos simply weren't that weird. I think I've actually see weirder people in the Paris Metro in real life. Instead, the weirdness in the movie comes from its lack of definition. An unidentified main character having stolen mysterious "papers" from the unknown rich husband of some random woman he happened to meet on the street.

I'm not sure what the movie was trying to get at, but I think it was leaning toward inspiring spontaneousness in all things and the consequences that brings. It really didn't ring any bells of resemblance for me with any of Besson's newer movies (Léon, Fifth Element), even though it had a score by Eric Serra and Jean Reno made an appearance. It also had the Eighties stamped into and slobbered all over it.

I can only recommend this movie to Besson fans trying to get a bigger picture of his work, 80's freaks, or anyone interested in trying to decipher cryptic movies.


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