Subway Stories: Tales From the Underground


1h 22m 1997

Brief Synopsis

Dramatization of 10 real-life New York subway stories, about the people who work and ride in them. Writers and filmmakers from New York string together many tales of varying lengths. Based on stories submitted in a special contest.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1997
Production Company
Axium International; Duart Film And Video; Great Northern/ Reiff & Associates; Great Northern/ Reiff & Associates (Ny); HBO Films; HBO Network- Home Box Office; Hbo Entertainment; Ru-Bear Security Inc; Sony Music Studios, London; Sound One
Distribution Company
HBO Home Video
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 22m

Synopsis

Dramatization of 10 real-life New York subway stories, about the people who work and ride in them. Writers and filmmakers from New York string together many tales of varying lengths. Based on stories submitted in a special contest.

Cast

Jay Bailey

("Underground"), Subway Musician

Marie Barrientos

Ragged Woman ("The Red Shoes")

Andre B Blake

Knish Buyer ("Subway Car From Hell")

Anthony S Calypso

Knish Buyer ("Subway Car From Hell")

Robert Castle

Knish Buyer ("Subway Car From Hell")

Marlon Cherry

Musician ("Subway Car From Hell")

Sarita Choudhury

Humera ("Honey-Getter")

Rob Clasen

Boy No 4 ("Underground")

Kevin Corrigan

The Writer ("The Red Shoes")

Tammi Cubilette

Denise ("Sax Cantor Riff")

Mari Danzi

Girl Dancing ("Subway Car From Hell")

O. L. Duke

News Seller ("The Red Shoes")

Carl J. Ferraza

Hot Dog Buyer ("Subway Car From Hell")

Daniel Freedman

Strange Man ("Subway Car From Hell")

Sol Frieder

Old News Man ("Sax Cantor Riff")

Kenny Garrett

The Sax Player ("Sax Cantor Riff")

Ellen Gould

Shopper ("The Red Shoes")

Erika Green

Nurse ("The Red Shoes")

Will Hare

Homeless Man ("Sax Cantor Riff")

Bruklin Harris

Dorcas ("Sax Cantor Riff")

Anne Heche

Pregnant Girl ("Manhattan Miracle")

Taral Hicks

Woman With Flowers ("Sax Cantor Riff")

Gregory Hines

Jack ("Manhattan Miracle")

Danny Hoch

Edward ("Honey-Getter")

Israel Horovitz

Older Man ("The Listeners")

Bonnie Hunt

Fern Mcdermott ("Fern'S Heart Of Darkness")

Bill Irwin

Himself ("Subway Car From Hell")

Jeremy Jordan

Boy No 2 ("Underground")

Christine Lahti

Red Shoe Woman ("The Red Shoes")

Paul Lazar

Mr Nervous ("Subway Car From Hell")

Denis Leary

Wheelchair Man ("The Red Shoes")

Lara Mcfarlane

Girl Dancing ("Subway Car From Hell")

Mike Mcglone

John T ("Love On The A Train")

Audrey Meyers

Distinguished Rider ("Subway Car From Hell")

Gretchen Mol

Wife ("Love On The A Train")

Marc Mueller

Musician ("Subway Car From Hell")

Paul Mueller

Musician ("Subway Car From Hell")

Ajay Naidu

Prashant ("Honey-Getter")

John Ford Noonan

Blanket Man ("Fern'S Heart Of Darkness")

Tina North

Grandmother ("Subway Car From Hell")

George Odom

Miracle Old Man ("Manhattan Miracle")

Kris Parker

Vendor ("Subway Car From Hell")

Nicole Ari Parker

Sharon ("Honey-Getter")

Rosie Perez

The Girl ("Love On The A Train")

Mekhi Phifer

Man In Hallway ("Fern'S Heart Of Darkness")

Kavitha Ramachandran

D'Jamila ("Sax Cantor Riff")

Steven Randazzo

Officer Mulioli ("Honey-Getter")

Sixto Ramos

Security Guard ("The Red Shoes")

Michael Rapaport

Jake ("The Listeners")

Raphael & Company

Dancers And Drummers ("Subway Car From Hell")

Sam Rockwell

Man Eating ("Sax Cantor Riff")

Jose Ramon Rosario

Transit Worker ("Fern'S Heart Of Darkness")

Daniel Rous

Jewish Cantor ("Sax Cantor Riff")

Mercedes Ruehl

Leyla ("Underground")

Peter Sarsgaard

Boy No 1 ("Underground")

Simon Seven

Musician ("Subway Car From Hell")

Gi Shen

Subway Musician ("Honey-Getter")

Bruce Smolanoff

Boy No 3 ("Underground")

Richard Spore

White Man ("Fern'S Heart Of Darkness")

Jerry Stiller

Old Man ("5:24")

Lili Taylor

Belinda ("The Listeners")

Zachary Taylor

Wayne ("Underground")

Nancy Ticotin

Business Woman ("Fern'S Heart Of Darkness")

Joseph Toutebon

Knish Buyer ("Subway Car From Hell")

Angle Utt

Distinguished Rider ("Subway Car From Hell")

John C Vennema

Executive ("The Red Shoes")

Daniel Wolff

Knish Buyer ("Subway Car From Hell")

N'bushe Wright

Young Girl ("The Red Shoes")

Steve Zahn

Tucker ("5:24")

Mecca Bodega

Performer

Jeremy Jordan

Jeremy Jordan

John Vennema

Bill Irwin

Himself

Crew

Dionne Alexander

Hair Stylist

John Allen

Assistant Editor

John Allen

Assistant Editor

Bill Almeida

Electrician

Albertine Anderson

Other

Jennifer Apel

Assistant Editor

Paul Arianas

Post-Production

Neda Armian

Assistant

Judy Arthur

Publicity

Tim Aten

Set Production Assistant

Daniel Beaman

Key Grip

Molly Bernstein

Assistant Editor

Donna Berwick

Costume Designer

Craig Blackenhorn

Photography

Kent Blocher

Assistant Editor

Mecca Bodega

Music

Jesse Bodine

Office Assistant

Marcus Book

Other

Dave Boujon

Adr

David Boulton

Adr

Adam Brooks

Screenplay ("Subway Car From Hell")

Patrick Capone

Camera Operator

Shari Carpenter

Script Supervisor

Jay Carrado

Stunt Man

Aimee Cavenecia

Art Assistant

Ben Cheah

Foley

Ed Check

Production Designer

Evan Chen

Assistant Sound Editor

Judy Chin

Makeup Artist

Richard Clarke

Music

John Clifford

Photography

Luis Colon

Craft Service

Angelo Correo

Editor

Keith Croket

Assistant Editor

Daisy Curbeon

Hair Stylist

Lynne Curtis

Wardrobe Supervisor

Julie Dash

Screenplay ("Sax Cantor Riff")

Jennifer A Davidoff

Assistant Editor

Timothy Davies

Grip

William Edward Decelle

On-Set Dresser

Peter Decurtis

On-Set Dresser

Victor Dejesus

Production Supervisor

Annie Demille

Hair Stylist

Jonathan Demme

Executive Producer

Jim Denault

Best Boy

Dan Denitto

Dolly Grip

Michael Domanech

Craft Service

Liz Dykhouse

Production Auditor

Robin Fajardo

Production Supervisor

Richard Fellegara

Medic

Audrey Fontaine

Publicity

Lisa Freeman

Set Production Assistant

Jenn Gerould

Assistant Director

Shaun Gilbert

Electrician

Lewis Goldstein

Sound Editor

Marko Gostanzo

Foley Artist

Andrea Greer

Script Supervisor

Lynn Grossman

Screenplay ("5:24")

John Guare

Screenplay ("The Red Shoes")

Richard Guay

Producer

Keith Gunthorpe

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Eitan Hakami

Post-Production Supervisor

Marla Hanson

Screenplay ("Love On The A Train")

Marius C Harding

Production Auditor

Michelle Harrison

Assistant Editor

Shannon Hawkins

Dga Trainee

Barbara Henley

Other

Samuel Henriques

Assistant Camera Operator

Pedro Hernandez

Dolly Grip

Tracey Hinds

Assistant Director

Danny Hoch

Screenplay ("Honey-Getter")

Tod Holcomb

Music

Mark Horstmann

Construction Coordinator

Tom Hurwitz

Director Of Photography

Albert Innaurato

Screenplay ("Underground")

Kalina Ivanov

Storyboard Artist

Sheila Jaffe

Casting

Kenton Jakub

Adr Editor

Anthony Jannelli

Director Of Photography

Lisa Janowski

Assistant Director

Bobby Johansen

Adr

Paul Johnson

Security

Andy Keir

Editor; Supervising Editor

Ken Kelsch

Director Of Photography

Bill Keyes

Camera Assistant

Lara Khachooni

Assistant Editor

Tyler Kim

Assistant Property Master

Adam Kimmel

Director Of Photography

David Kirkman

Assistant Editor

Elizabeth Kling

Editor

Robert Kummert

Key Grip

Laura Lambert

Art Department Coordinator

Diane Langone

Production Auditor

Tom Leavey

Transportation Captain

David C. Lee

Photography

Kurt Lennig

Rigging Gaffer

Nancy Lesser

Publicity

Victor Littlejohn

On-Set Dresser

Dennis Livesey

Assistant Camera Operator

Roberto Lopez

Location Assistant

Craig Lucas

Screenplay ("Fern'S Heart Of Darkness")

M. J. Magbanua

Assistant Production Coordinator

Gabrielle Mahon

Assistant

Tina Manfredi

Storyboard Artist

Jamie Marlowe

Camera Trainee

Michelle Martini

Assistant Costume Designer

Jim Mcconkey

Steadicam Operator

Tony Mccrea

Security

Byrd Mcdonald

Assistant

Kent Mcgrew

Color Timer

Ade Mcmullen

Set Production Assistant

Jill Merritt

Wardrobe

Katia Milani

Post-Production Supervisor

Don Muchow

Gaffer

Richard W Murphy

Boom Operator

Margo Myers

Production Auditor

Virgil Nafarreti

Audio

Ed Newins

Key Grip

James Nichols

Music

Joel Ossenfort

Other

Glenfield Payne

Sound Effects Editor

Rosie Perez

Executive Producer

Suzana Peric

Music Editor

Todd R Pfeiffer

Assistant Director

Michael Pinckney

Set Production Assistant

Michael Pinckney

Set Production Assistant

Joseph Proscia

Dresser

Bruce Prose

Foley

Exile Ramirez

Set Production Assistant

Alex Raspa

Audio

Ken Regan

Photography

Dawn Murphy Riley

Production Coordinator

Ulysses Rivers

Audio

Clifford B Robinson

Other

Seth Zvi Rosenfeld

Screenplay ("The Listeners")

Anton Sanko

Music

William Sarokin

Sound Mixer

Gerard Sava

Assistant Camera Operator

Anthony Scalzo

On-Set Dresser

Maggie Schmidt

Publicity

Mark Schwentner

Best Boy

Collen Sharp

Editor

Carol Silverman

Set Decorator

Craig Simpson

Grip

Justin Simpson

Grip

Bella Sirugo

Makeup Artist

Dwayne Smith

Location Assistant

Jonathan Starch

Assistant Director

Reilly Steele

Adr

Reilly Steele

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Donna Stern

Editor

Alex Steyermark

Music Supervisor

Jay Stuart

Grip

Mary Sunshine

Production Auditor

Ben Telford

Art Assistant

Jessy Terrero

Extras Casting Assistant

Ulysses Terrero

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Valerie Thomas

Producer

Zeborah Tidwell

Assistant Editor

J Miller Tobin

Assistant Director

Angela Todd

Screenplay ("Fern'S Heart Of Darkness")

Steve Treadway

Assistant Camera Operator

Al Valentino

Location Manager

John G. Velez

Electrician

Sam Verni

Craft Service

Joe Viola

Screenplay ("Manhattan Miracle")

Steve Visscher

Foley Editor

Magdaline Volaitis

Dialogue Editor

Peter Waggoner

Adr

Georgianne Walken

Casting

Jeff Ward

Stunt Coordinator

Holly Watson

Assistant

Paul Weathered

Property Master

Tom Weissler

Transportation Co-Captain

Maisie Weissman

Assistant

Victoria Westhead

Unit Production Manager

Victoria Westhead

Associate Producer

Jeffrey Wolf

Editor

Alan Zaleski

Assistant Sound Editor

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1997
Production Company
Axium International; Duart Film And Video; Great Northern/ Reiff & Associates; Great Northern/ Reiff & Associates (Ny); HBO Films; HBO Network- Home Box Office; Hbo Entertainment; Ru-Bear Security Inc; Sony Music Studios, London; Sound One
Distribution Company
HBO Home Video
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 22m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video February 10, 1998

Aired in United States August 17, 1997

Aired in United States October 16, 2007

Aired in United States July 29, 1997

Aired in United States September 1997

Shown at Bryant Park Film Festival, New York City, New York July 29, 1997.

Shown at Deauville Film Festival (Panorama) September 5-14, 1997.

Based on stories submitted in a special contest. Fifteen winners received a year of HBO and a year's supply of New York City subway tokens, as well as onscreen credit.

Completed shooting August 26, 1996.

Began shooting June 1996.

The 10-minute segment written and directed by Spike Lee, "Niggerican," was cut from the anthology when Lee reportedly refused to make cuts in the segment which producers felt was too long.