Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Thriller
Director(s): Luc Besson
Production: Gaumont
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min


Damn it!

Sh*t! Goddamn it!

Lend me 20 grand

and I'll return the papers.

Lend? You'll pay me back?

Who gives a sh*t about your money

and photos...?

Oh, yeah! Your photos...

There's one of you

when you were a kid.

Nine years old, 60 pounds.

You were already a knockout.

I'll come down to 10 grand

if you let me keep it.


What? Could you repeat that?

Where and when?

The subway, 10:
00 tonight.

All right?

Don't put yourself out

on my account.

Do you have the papers?

Any trouble finding it?

None at all.

Do you have the papers?

- Thanks, I sure love this picture.

- The papers.

- You're hard on me.

- Oh, yeah? Why?

I was looking forward to us

meeting again, in a quiet spot.

Your place was crowded.

We couldn't talk.

- Now we're here and you're ruining it.

- You ruined it!

You didn't have to blow up the safe.

I just don't like safes, that's all.

Is that your idea of a joke?

Is this a joke? We said 10 grand.

We deducted expenses.

Oh, yeah?

Thanks for coming.

Be reasonable.

You trashed my house, crashed my car.

Isn't that enough for today?

Why did you invite me

to your party?

Because I thought you were...

But not anymore?

Fred, I like you,

but you're really unbearable.

You're beautiful with your diamonds.

Thank you.

Your hair's still a mess.

Have you caught a look at yourself?

Will I see you again?

I don't think so.

Well, I do.



All right. I'm fine!

Go and check over there. Go!

How are you, Mr. Roland?

Give me the log.

The Roller again.

Yeah, him again. I counted,

he averages 11 crimes a week.

- So now you keep statistics?

- Well, yes.

You're being paid

to sit there and do nothing.

Come on, Mr. Roland...

Okay, okay. Stop arguing with me

and get me a cup of coffee.

Let's go.

- Who are you putting on duty tonight?

- Batman and Robin.

The very best.

Just my luck.

Evening, captain.



It's Fred.

Did I wake you up?

What do you think?

Sorry, I wanted to talk to you.

This can't be happening.

Just what do you want?

To see how far you can push me?

You want me to crack?

What do you mean?

I just wanted to talk.

At 2:
00 in the morning?

- Yes.

- Fine. Go ahead.

What's your first name?



...I'm in love with you.

- Was that him?

- Yes.

- Anything new?

- He's in love.

Excuse me?

Anyone there?

Who are you?


- What are you doing here?

- A little vacation.

- Could you slow down a little?

- No. We can't stay here.

Why not?

I don't like this neighbourhood.

Hey, wait up!

I can't go on any further.

How did you get down here?

Just wandering around.

Well, see you.

Hey, you know

how I can get rid of these?

You sure dress the part on vacation!

How you doing, Big Bill?


This is a buddy of mine.

He's got a little problem.

Show him.

He lost the guy

who was on the other end.

Hey, Big Bill, you need

to exercise what's up here!

I told you he was okay.

Nice place you've got.

Nice place he's got.

Hey, come on.

Show him what you can do.

Come over here.

That's great, Big...

Big Bill.

That's great.

- Not to annoy you, but I'm hungry.

- Yeah? Want a nice pension too?

- So, what are you doing down here?

- That's a good question.

- Can I trust you?

- No, but tell me anyway.

- I'm doing a story on the subway.

- While wearing handcuffs?

Yeah. I don't even notice them.

Who was that in the picture?

- My wife.

- You're married?

No. We're engaged.

So what's with all the booze?

I told a friend I'd stop by.

It's his birthday. Wanna come?

I love birthdays.

- I'd given up on you!

- I brought a friend.

Happy birthday.

Hi, Big Bill!

- You know him?

- F*** off.

- You play great.

- Thanks.

- So who's your pal?

- He's a reporter.

A what?

I know a singer.

The real thing.

We're putting together a group.

Here's something he wrote.

- When did he call back?

- About 4:
00 in the morning.

- He didn't say anything about money?

- No.

He said he'd return

your papers...

...but first he wanted

to see you. Alone.

So, what the hell are you doing here?

How can anyone live

in a dump like this, huh?

There's never any sun.

I mean, this is really the pits.

But a little light works wonders

even here, huh?

Cleans out the pipes.

Get a load of that outfit!

See if you can find

something in there.

You can't go around like that.

You look like a tourist.

- Miss?

- Mrs. Good morning.

I'd like to speak

to Captain Gesberg.

- May I ask what about?

- It's personal.

He's not here at the moment,

but he'll be back soon.

- Would you like to wait in his office?

- Yes. Thanks.

- You're up already?

- Yeah.

- That jacket looks great on you.

- Think so?

Yeah, really.

Listen, you might be interested

in a deal I have in mind.

- Let's get some coffee first.

- Okay.


Look who just woke up!

Every Friday night at 7:00,

two guys from security...

...leave the cashier's office and take

the subway to the next station.

Nothing we can do once they're there.

But on the platform here they have

to wait two minutes for the train.

That's when we can get them.

You pull a gun on them... grab the dough

and run into the tunnel.

Going to the surface is easy.

I know the subway by heart.

So, what do you think?

We can't miss with a plan like that.

Give it a rest, huh?

You got a gun?

Let's see.


Three bullets.

Be careful, eh?

Now you know what it's like to say

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Luc Besson

Luc Besson is a French film director, screenwriter, and producer. He directed or produced the films Subway, The Big Blue, and Nikita. more…

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