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Tube Tales (1999)

PG-13 | | Drama | 19 November 1999 (UK)
Nine stories based on the true-life experiences of London Underground passengers.


Ed Allen II (segment), Gaby Dellal (segment) | 8 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Flemyng ... Luke (segment "Mr. Cool")
Dexter Fletcher ... Joe (segment "Mr. Cool")
Kelly Macdonald ... Emma (segment "Mr. Cool")
Denise Van Outen ... Alex (segment "Horny")
Liz Smith ... Old Lady (segment "Horny")
Tom Bell ... Old Gent (segment "Horny")
Leah Fitzgerald Leah Fitzgerald ... Little Girl (segment "Horny")
Stephen Taylor Stephen Taylor ... Mr. X (segment "Grasshopper")
Alicya Eyo Alicya Eyo ... Shantel (segment "Grasshopper") (as Alicia Eyo)
Roger Griffiths ... Charlie (segment "Grasshopper")
Dele Johnson Dele Johnson ... Stevie (segment "Grasshopper")
Preeya Kalidas ... Reena (segment "Grasshopper")
Peter McNamara Peter McNamara ... Roy (segment "Grasshopper")
Mazhar Munir ... Mazaar (segment "Grasshopper")
Ray Panthaki ... Mo (segment "Grasshopper")


Collective film comprised of nine stories taking place in and around underground transportation in London, all based on true facts submitted by readers of "Time Out" magazine: in "Mr. Cool" (Jenkins) a young female worker is courted by a colleague who travels by subway and an executive with his own car; in "Horny" (Hopkins), a girl gets sexually aroused every time she takes the subterranean; in "Grasshopper" (Huda), youngsters, police inspectors and drug pushers get mixed up in the subway; in "My Father the Liar" (Hoskins), a little boy takes the train with his father and witness an unexpected incident; in "Bone" (McGregor), a musician is in search of his Muse in the train cars; in "Mouth" (Iannucci), an attractive female passenger rides a noisy train compartment, as she gets sick; in "A Bird in the Hand" (Law), an old man experiences a sense of freedom helping a trapped bird; in "Rosebud" (Dellal), a mother desperately looks for her little daughter, while the girl has a good time; ... Written by Edgar Soberón Torchia <estorchia@gmail.com>

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Ewan McGregor's directorial debut. See more »

Crazy Credits

The title of each short film is introduced as part of the scenery. See more »


No Man's Land
Performed by David Holmes
Written and produced by David Holmes
Used in the "A Bird in the Hand" segment
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Sounds Of The Underground
29 September 2018 | by wilsonstuart-32346See all my reviews

Whilst living in London from 1998 - 2000 there were lots of posters on the London Underground (also know as The Tube, I mostly used the Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines - Knightsbridge is actually portrayed in this film, I think) - The Acid House, Miss Saigon, The Blair Witch Project, Star Wars, Sciencetology (!)....and, of course, given the average Londoner's (if they exist) love-hate relationship with The Underground....Tube Tales.

Tube Tales is a series of short, unconnected films set in and around London's Underground; with one exception (My Father The Liar, directed by the late Bob Hoskins), most are average, albeit with one or two flashes of inventiveness. Like the fleeting strangers you'll meet on your journey, you'll see them only once, before they're quickly forgotten.

What's more noteworthy is the roster of late 1990's talent involved - Kelly MacDonald (Trainspotting), Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock...), Frank Harper, Simon Pegg, a nice pairing of veterans Liz Smith and Tom Bell, Denise Van Outen, Dexter Fletcher, Daniella Nardini....plus directorial debutes from Ewen McGregor and Jude Law.

For all this, Tube Tales never really catches fire the way it ought to have done; still, if you want a few undemanding stories from the Underground, and a peek at late 1990s London, then this is the one for you. Now mind the gap....

PS. I see Sky Arts recently released a program of very good short films a few months ago, starring Sheridan Smith amongst others; does Tube Tales have a legacy of shorts after all?

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