Tube Tales (1999)





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This omnibus film is both a tribute to 1990s Cool Britannia and an opportunity for many of Britain's best actors to step behind the camera. Set in the London's underground (AKA the Tube), the film's nine shorts depict England's most hallowed form of public transportation in wildly divergent manners, from gritty to surreal. Jude Law's "A Bird in the Hand" is a quietly affecting tale about an ailing old man, while "Horny", by Stephen Hopkins is an extended sexual fantasy imagined by a sweaty commuter enduring both the dog days of summer and his obvious arousal. Ewan MacGregor's "Bone" is a fanciful tale about a trombonist and his imagined lover on their way home from a concert, while Bob Hoskins' "My Father the Liar" is an emotionally powerful tale about a child who witnesses a suicide. But perhaps the standout segment from this film is Armando Iannucci's uproarious "Mouth", featuring a beautiful, poised woman vomiting on her fellow commuters set to Bruckner's 9th Symphony. Frank Harper appears in a number of these short works as an overly officious subway staffer. This film premiered at the London Film Festival and was later showed on the UK's BSkyB cable channel.
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Tom Bell
as Old Gent
Jim Carter
as Ticket Inspector
Ed Allen
as Youth #2
Helen Coker
as Bride-to-Be
Doña Croll
as Elizabeth
Kay Curram
as Louise
Edna Dore
as Bag Lady
Leonie Elliott
as Rosebud
Alicia Eyo
as Shantel
Leah Fitzgerald
as Little Girl
Sky Glover
as Girlfriend
Frank Harper
as Station Guard
William Hoyland
as Suicide Victim
Dele Johnson
as Stevie
Morgan Jones
as Youth #1
Alan Miller
as Old Man
Simon Pegg
as Clerk
Sean Pertwee
as Driver
Marcia Rose
as Miss Clinique
Lee Ross
as Male Reveller
Liz Smith
as Old Lady
Don Warrington
as Preacher
Tom Watson
as The Son
Rachel Weisz
as Angela
Ray Winstone
as The Father
Jake Wood
as James
Matthew Xia
as Boyfriend
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