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Short Walk to Daylight (1972)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  24 October 1972 (USA)
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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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Tom Phelan
Don Mitchell ...
Alvin
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Ed
Abbey Lincoln ...
Dorella
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Joanne
Lázaro Pérez ...
Jax (as Lazaro Perez)
Suzanne Charny ...
Sylvia
Laurette Spang ...
Sandy
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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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24 October 1972 (USA)  »

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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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20 October 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like a few other comments here, I too saw this as a ten year old when it first aired as a TV movie of the week. I think it was right after the Poseidon Adventure came out and I was on my disaster movie kick. But I really loved this one. I remember being riveted to the TV, the hot, steamy subway at night and the dark, moody sets and effects. From what I remember there was an earthquake in Manhattan, and the implication was there wasn't much for them to escape to once they got out.

That's why I hated the longer version that was released a few years later. They explained it all away as a terrorist explosion or something. It was all padding, probably to fill a 2 hour slot (just like that awful Debra Lee Scott padding they added to Earthquake for its TV airing.)

I would also love to see this again. Or maybe not... maybe it would ruin the memories.

FYI: another fun TV movie from this era was Terror At 30,000 Feet, with William Shatner as 747 pilot and his demonic cargo.


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