Subway (1985)

Subway (1985)

Taglines: An underground story where lives intertwine.

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 sureal 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.

Subway is a 1985 French comedy drama film directed by Luc Besson and starring Christopher Lambert, Isabelle Adjani, Richard Bohringer, Michel Galabru, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Jean Bouise, and Jean-Pierre Bacri. The film is classified as part of the cinema du look movement.

About the Story

Having stolen some compromising documents from a powerful and successful entrepreneur/gangster at a party, a man known as Fred (Lambert) escapes from the police and takes refuge in the underground world of the Paris Métro stations and tunnels. There he joins the dwellers and befriends several colourful characters, including others who are living under the subway to avoid police arrest. While the gangster’s henchmen try to find Fred, he develops a romance with the gangster’s young trophy wife Héléna (Adjani). She had originally invited Fred to the party featured at the opening of the film, and is bored with her gilded-caged life.

Subway (1985)

Fred forms a pop band with some of his friends, such as “The Drummer” (Reno) and Enrico (Serra), who compose the songs. While Fred is working on this project, Héléna’s powerful husband pressures the police to find the fugitive. One of Fred’s sidekicks, The Rollerskater, who has been wanted by the police for a long time, is captured by Commissioner Gesberg (Galabru). Fred and his friend The Florist rob a train carrying money; The Florist escapes, leaving Fred with the loot.

Fred uses money from the robbery to pay off a band scheduled to perform in the subway station. His new band replaces them but, at their performance, Fred is searched for by both the police and a henchman of Héléna’s husband. The henchman shoots Fred just as Héléna was about to reach and warn him of danger. The film ends with Héléna kneeling beside Fred, who is lying on his back, looking content and singing along with the band. They are playing and being applauded by the audience in the background.

Subway Movie Poster (1985)

Subway (1985)

Directed by: Luc Besson
Starring: Christopher Lambert, Isabelle Adjani, Richard Bohringer, Michel Galabru, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Jean Bouise, Jean-Pierre Bacri
Screenplay by: Luc Besson
Production Design by: Alexandre Trauner
Cinematography by: Carlo Varini
Film Editing by: Sophie Schmit
Costume Design by: Martine Rapin
Art Direction by: Alexandre Trauner
Music by: Eric Serra
Distributed by: Gaumont (France), Island Pictures (USA)
Release Date: November 6, 1985