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Subway Riders (1981)

A Psychotic saxophone player (played both by Amos Poe and John Lurie) lures victims to deserted spots with his music and then guns them down.


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Credited cast:
Robbie Coltrane ... Detective Fritz Langley
Charlene Kaleina Charlene Kaleina ... Claire Smith
Cookie Mueller ... Penelope Trasher
John Lurie ... The Saxophonist
Amos Poe ... Writer Ant
Susan Tyrrell ... Eleanor Langley
William Rice William Rice ... Mr. Gollstone
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry Benvenutti Henry Benvenutti ... Super
Ed Buck Ed Buck ... Vulture
Emilio Cubeiro Emilio Cubeiro ... The Poet
M. DeMuro M. DeMuro ... Victim
Babs Egan Babs Egan ... Maid
Nina Gaidarova Nina Gaidarova ... Upstairs Girl
Chris Kosburg Chris Kosburg ... Boy in Bed
F. Kutlik F. Kutlik ... Victim


A Psychotic saxophone player (played both by Amos Poe and John Lurie) lures victims to deserted spots with his music and then guns them down.

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Release Date:

1 February 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Os Viajantes da Noite See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Hep Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Experimental Environment of Loneliness and Madness
8 June 2018 | by hrkeplerSee all my reviews

Series of bizarre murders occur in the New York subway. On the edge detective (super cool Robbie Coltrane) trying to solve the crimes, and his drug addicted wife. Saxophonist getting on the nerves of his call girl neighbor. Lonely woman attracted to the killer.

Murder mystery, poetic narrations about loneliness and yearning. Tilted camera angels, playing with colors and lighting, seemingly unnecessary shots of the city and fast editing, occasionally out of place soundtrack, cheesiness of B-movie slashers - nothing makes sense, but it all fits together perfectly.

'Subway Riders' is by no means classical narrative murder mystery. The story is not important. It is just an excuse to create the mood, and atmosphere. It is a wonderful experiment with style. Style over substance, and yet there is something deeper in that film.

'Subway Riders' is not an easy film to watch. You have to be in some special mood, and without any expectations because it's not your regular thriller. There is no way to analyze this film (at least I can't). If you are into experimental cinema then 'Subway Riders' is something to look up. It is a wonderful treat of unconventional film.

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