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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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1.37 : 1
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You know me, high on crime and feeling groovy.
10 February 2019 | by virtualimmigrantSee all my reviews

Night streets. Saxophone player is letting the sounds from his horn fill the empty streets, and there's a killer on the loose. Hard boiled cop on the edge trying to solve the horrendous crimes, while his marriage falls apart. Neighbors who are annoyed by the sax players midnight's improvisations.

'Subway Riders' is crime thriller directed by one of the No Wave Cinema pioneers Amos Poe. Interesting is that No Wave Cinema emphasized the mood more, than style and storytelling, but 'Subway Riders' is all about style. And the story itself is quite interesting, although incoherently told. Darkly lit (or even without any lighting at all) scenes that are mostly under- or overacted, tilted camera angels, unnecessary jump cuts, seemingly pointless scenes between minor side characters mixed with long scenes of someone driving a car, or drinking a coffee. But all this mess is put together so well, that it turns 'Subway Riders' into entertaining piece of art that mixes loneliness, sadness and madness with sax sounds, and gory crimes.

If you have to watch a moody experimental film on rainy night, then let it be 'Subway Riders'. But don't expect your regular '70's/'80s slasher thriller. This one stands much higher.

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