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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 »
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 ... 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:

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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:

Subway See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,332, 10 November 1985

Gross USA:

$390,659

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$390,659
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

'Subway' returned over 22 million dollars 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 »

Quotes

Fred: Why do I love you?
Héléna: Because I'm an amazing woman.
Fred: Why don't you love me?
Héléna: Because I don't have the guts.
Fred: Are you lazy?
Héléna: Terribly.
Fred: Who does the cooking at your house?
Héléna: The cook.
Fred: And the housework?
Héléna: The housekeeper.
[...]
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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

Guns and People
Written by Corine Marienneau and Éric Serra
Performed by Arthur Simms
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The fuzz, the handcuffs, the big house.
17 December 2008 | by Karl SelfSee all my reviews

This is a pure exercise in style from the Luc Besson school of film making. A handsome gangster joins ranks with a school of dropouts who populate the Parisian subway system, hounded (but never phazed) by transportation police. The trouble is that head honcho Fred has fallen in love with the pretty but stroppy wife of one of his BCBG victims, and strife ensues below the streets of gay Paree.

Christopher Lambert is amazing as the stylish rebel gangster with a heart, Fred; Isabelle Adjani is pretty but, as always, deeply annoying -- she just exudes arrogance from the bottom of her dainty little heart. On the sidelines we see an impossibly young Jean-Hugues Anglade, Jean Reno and Jean-Pierre Bacri. I actually didn't recognise Reno, that's how young and unknown he is here.

If you have a deeper interest in cinema, this is a straight ten. It's amazing how Besson brings together great style, action, fun, pace, acting, dialogue and amazing characters. Unlike most directors who film in the province and try to make it look like Paris, Besson films in Paris but makes it look like Metropolis.

Unfortunately, there isn't much of a plot and zilch suspense. The film starts with a heated heart-to-heart between Fred and pretty Héléna, and since we are aware that their affair can't end but unhappily (albeit in an incredibly chic way), the suspense is exactly zero. So if you just want entertainment, you should better pick one of Besson's later movies.


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