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Last Light (1993)

TV Movie  -   -  Action | Drama | Thriller  -  22 August 1993 (USA)
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Movie about a killer who is waiting on death row, and finds an unlikely friend in a prison guard.

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Fred Whitmore
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Hope Whitmore
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Lillian Burke
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Kathy Rubicek
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Darrell Whitmore
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Jimmy the J
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Kranski (as Gary Cervantes)
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Bill Corbett
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Awaiting execution, Denver Bayliss gains an unlikely friend and confidant in Fred Whitmore, a former cop who is now a prison guard. Whitmore's life is a mess, however: he shuts out his wife and can't relate to his son. As Bayliss' execution draws nearer, Whitmore clashes more and more with Lt. McMannis, his supervisor, over Bayliss' treatment. Bayliss gives Whitmore a new understanding of life by helping him come to terms with a traumatic past, and Whitmore helps Bayliss to make his peace with himself and the world. Written by Jason A. Cormier <wildrose@mindsping.com>

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prison | prison guard | death row

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One defying the system. One sworn to uphold it.

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Denver Bayliss: The only way you can kill me is cut my head off and bury it where I can't find it.
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Troubled prison guard Forest Whitaker befriends death row inmate Kiefer Sutherland
16 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Last Light" tells the story of a prison guard, Forest Whitaker, who gradually befriends an inmate, Kiefer Sutherland, who is a murderer and has been subjected to abuse of various kinds for a long time. Sutherland also directed this TV-film.

The drama is sincere and not uninvolving. However, in my opinion, it just does not click. On this, I see things very differently from those reviewers who are praising it so highly. I felt that the IMDb rating of 6.3 is reasonable, which suggests an average movie. My own rating suggests it is somewhat below par.

The problem with the movie is the script. It's simply not imaginative enough to avoid seeming contrived. Most of the characterizations are through dialog, rather than dramatic incidents. This gets to be plodding. The actors at times do not seem involved themselves or able to negotiate their lines convincingly. I do believe that the direction also accounts for some of the flabbiness of the story's presentation.

Most of the drama has to do with the character of the two main players, and most of that is in their back stories, and most of that is talked about, not shown. Whitaker's life is explored with reference to his family, but certain clichés creep in to that. It was hard to stay engaged with the characters.

I am sympathetic to the movie's message, which was laid on fairly heavy, but that's not enough to make a really crackling film.


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