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A Feature film by Luc Besson

Produced by Gaumont, Les Films du Loup, TSF Productions

Release in France : 10/04/1985

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Gaumont, Les Films du Loup, TSF Productions

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TF1 Films Production

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Fred, a raffish safe blower, takes refuge in the Paris Metro after being chased by the henchmen of a shady businessman from whom he has just stolen some documents. While hiding out in the back rooms and conduits of the Metro, Fred encounters a subterranean society of eccentric characters and petty criminals. Despite being pursued by the henchmen, Fred finds the time to flirt with Helena, blow a safe, rob a train, evade the hapless Metro police and start a rock band ...

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Subway was the third most popular French film in France in 1986, after Trois Hommes et un Couffin and Les Specialistes. It attracted 2,920,588 cinemagoers. Christopher Lambert won a César Award for best actor.

The film holds an 86% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on seven reviews. Janet Maslin of The New York Times praised the film's "highly energetic visual style" and "the sheer fun of staging domestic scenes, musical interludes and roller-skate chases in the underground" but added that "[the] characters and situations [are] so thin that they might as well be afterthoughts".

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Full credits (12)

Executive Producers :

François Ruggieri, Luc Besson

Dialogue Writers :

Luc Besson, Marc Perrier

Screenwriters :

Luc Besson, Pierre Jolivet, Alain Le Henry, Marc Perrier, Sophie Schmit

Production manager :

Edith Colnel

Production Designer :

Alexandre Trauner

Costume designer :

Martine Rapin

Assistant Director :

Didier Grousset

Producers :

Louis Duchesne, Luc Besson, François Ruggieri

Director of Photography :

Carlo Varini

Editor :

Sophie Schmit

Music Composer :

Éric Serra

Location Manager :

Bruno François-Boucher

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Feature film

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100% French

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1 h 44 min

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Posters (1)



Festival Selections (2)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1986

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1986)

Selection (12)

Best Editing : Sophie Schmit

Best Sound : Gérard Lamps, Harald Maury, Harrik Maury, Luc Perini

Best Production Design : Alexandre Trauner

Best Cinematography : Carlo Varini

Best Original Music : Éric Serra

Best Director : Luc Besson

Best Supporting Actor : Jean-Pierre Bacri

Best Supporting Actor : Michel Galabru

Best Actress : Isabelle Adjani

Best Actor : Christophe Lambert

Best Film


Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1986

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1986)

Awards (3)

César Award for Best Sound : Gérard Lamps, Harald Maury, Harrik Maury, Luc Perini

César Award for Best Production Design : Alexandre Trauner

César Award for Best Actor : Lambert Wilson