Eight people are trapped in a New York subway after an earthquake, and try to find their way out.

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Tom Phelan
Don Mitchell ...
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Abbey Lincoln ...
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Lázaro Pérez ...
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Eight people are trapped in a New York subway after an earthquake, and try to find their way out.

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A subway ride. A sudden earthquake. And now, disaster and death stand between seven strangers and a ... 'Short Walk To Daylight'

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The Night the Earth Shook  »

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All station scenes were filmed at the IND Court St. station in Brooklyn, which as of 1976 houses the New York Transit Museum. See more »

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Referenced in Daylight (1996) See more »

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Two different versions of this film!
4 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember the first time I saw this film on the Movie of the Week...it was a very well-done movie IIRC. The idea of an earthquake hitting New York seemed kinda far-fetched, but you overlooked that due to the cast and the great direction.

Something odd happened to 'Short Walk to Daylight' when it went into syndication and was playing on the 'late night' slots: I seemed to remember that new footage was added creating a sub-plot of young radicals that had planted a bomb in NYC that caused the devastation to the subway system. Does anyone remember this version? I believe Univseral Studios was BIG on doing this to other movies of theirs, like 'Airport '75' when it came to TV. Their modus Operandi was to add deleted or film new scenes to movies to make them more 'sellable' to TV audiences. In the case of 'Short Walk to Daylight' the subplot of terrorists might have been a way to make the disaster more plausible since an earthquake of the magnitude indicated in the movie hitting New York is rather slim to none.


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