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The Subway 

A man is pinned by a train in a subway station, producing a mortal wound that is temporarily suppressed by his situation, the Homicide detectives must determine if the incident was an accident or deliberate.


Gary Fleder


Paul Attanasio (created by), James Yoshimura | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Belzer ... John Munch (credit only)
Andre Braugher ... Frank Pembleton
Reed Diamond ... Mike Kellerman (credit only)
Peter Gerety ... Stuart Gharty (credit only)
Clark Johnson ... Meldrick Lewis
Yaphet Kotto ... Al Giardello (credit only)
Kyle Secor ... Tim Bayliss
Jon Seda ... Paul Falsone
Callie Thorne ... Laura Ballard (credit only)
Vincent D'Onofrio ... John Lange
Bruce MacVittie ... Larry Biedron
Wendee Pratt Wendee Pratt ... Joy Tolson
Kristin Rohde Kristin Rohde ... Sgt. Sally Rogers
Lisa Matthews Lisa Matthews ... Band Member
Tom Teti Tom Teti ... Transit Supervisor


John Lange becomes pinned between a subway train and the station platform. The Baltimore homicide department is called to investigate whether a crime has been committed or whether in which the circumstances Mr. Lange finds himself are the result of a terrible accident. Written by Jimmy Correa

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Release Date:

5 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Did You Know?


Vincent D'Onofrio (John Lange) will go on to play another character within the Homicide/Law & Order universe. He will play Detective Robert Goren on Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001) See more »


Featured in Anatomy of a 'Homicide: Life on the Street' (1998) See more »

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Stays with you LONG after you've sen it
1 July 2008 | by KUAlum26See all my reviews

When WGN America first(?) broadcast this rerun last year,it fell on Christmas. Having seen this first-run and wanting to have a HAPPY Yule,I wisely chose to not watch this then.

I saw it more recently,and I have to say that I was stoked to catch it again,and just like the first time I saw it,it hit me about as hard as any TV show episode has ever done. THe story is pretty well established by now,so I'll save the synapses and just say that the interplay between and among Detectives Pembleton,Bayliss,Falson,Lewis and a subway victim(Vincent D'Onofrio,who had just scored earlier that year with his yucky,Kansas farmer-turned giant bug habitat in the blockbuster Men in Black),who is still alive because the subway car has pinned him and therefore he is kept from "snapping" at the spine is some of the finest that's been on television,particularly on network.

The nearly poetic,thoughtful and soberly grim telling of this case is something that is difficult to forget,and indeed is a practical workshop in character study. If this won any Emmys,they were greatly deserving. A good ten years had passed since I first saw this,but seeing it again felt as clear as a bell. If I get these shows on DVD,I'd be stoked to see the extras surrounding these eps,and this one in particular would be worth examining.

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