The actual experiences of New York City subway riders are dramatized in a collection of 10 intriguing and very different vignettes. The tales showcase an ensemble of familiar faces, and range from stories of compassion and love to reflections on violence and loss. Among them: a disabled beggar quarrels with a woman and ruins her shoes with his wheelchair, provoking onlookers to wrath and pity; a skittish tourist proves to be her own worst enemy; a newlywed trysts with a mysterious sexpot; a commuter helplessly witnesses a suicide attempt; and, in the most affecting segment, a young woman grieves over her mother's imminent death.
Every ride is as unpredictable as the city itself.
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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
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
Old Man (segment "The 5:24")
As the hooker once said, "If they pay you for it, it's not love."
The camera pans around and breaks the fourth wall by showing the crew during the closing credits. See more