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Product Details

  • An MVD Exclusive
  • SKU: MVD3691D
  • Format: DVD
  • UPC: 760137369196
  • Street Date: 09/29/20
  • PreBook Date: 07/07/20
  • Label: MVD Visual »
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run Time: 113 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 1981
  • Region Code: 0
  • Box Lot: 30
  • Territory: WORLD
  • Language: English


Cast & Crew

  • Actors:
  •       Robbie Coltrane as Detective Fritz Langley
  •       Charlene Kaleina as Claire Smith
  •       Cookie Mueller as Penelope Trasher
  •       John Lurie as The Saxophonist
  • Director: Amos Poe


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Subway Riders

Seedy characters litter the landscape

Subway Riders
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A 1981 drama from "No Wave" director Amos Poe shot in New York City. A psychotic street saxophonist lures victims into dark city spots with his haunting music - then shoots them. Seedy characters, including a cop with a junkie wife, an upstairs sax-hating prostitute and other lost souls litter the landscape. Features Cookie Mueller (Pink Flamingos, Desperate Living) Susan Tyrell, (Cry Baby, Forbidden Zone)


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Sales Points

  • Written, produced and directed by the legendary Amos Poe (Alphabet City, The Foreigner, Dead Weekend)
  • Amos Poe is considered to be one of the first 'punk filmmakers' described by The New York Times as a 'pioneering indie filmmaker.'
  • Starring Robbie Coltrane (Harry Potter series), Cookie Mueller (Pink Flamingos), Susan Tyrrell (Forbidden Zone), Amos Poe (Dead Weekend) and John Lurie (Get Shorty).

Press Quotes

SUBWAY RIDERS is a chilling melodrama of angst, alienation and obsession. Poe and his Director of Photography (and producer) Johanna Heer use color (lurid reds and neon blues) symbolically and odd camera angles subtly underscore the premise that the characters are not simply bizarros alienated from society, but rather that anomie is the definitive characteristic of the modern world itself. SUBWAY RIDERS' music does not merely accompany the film, but occupies its own aural space and so adds its own distinct perspective to this highly stylized, richly textured portrait of a world of random murders.

     —Jeff McLaughlin, The Boston Globe

Poe's melding of traditional film noir elements with a frenetic new wave sensibility electrifies the audience with the intensity of a third rail.

     —Mike Ferris, The Harvard Independent

Subway Riders’ highest value lies perhaps in its outlying elements, rather than the central thrust of the film itself: the soundtrack, the visuals, the historical significance of featuring one of Coltrane’s first roles, and Lurie’s saxophone solos.

     —Musique Machine


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