Last Light (1993)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Whitmore
Lt. Lionel McMannis
Lynne Moody ...
Hope Whitmore
Lillian Burke
Kathy Rubicek
1st Inmate
Tony T. Johnson ...
Darrell Whitmore
Lydell M. Cheshier ...
Jimmy the J
Kranski (as Gary Cervantes)
Dom Magwili ...
1st Guard
2nd Guard
Chess Player
2nd Inmate
Robert Eisele ...
Bill Corbett


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 <>

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prison | prison guard | death row | See All (3) »


One defying the system. One sworn to uphold it.


Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for intense depiction of life on Death Row | See all certifications »




Release Date:

22 August 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Az utolsó fény  »

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1.85 : 1
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Directorial debut of Kiefer Sutherland. See more »


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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Superb low-key prison movie
6 December 2002 | by (Winchester, England) – See all my reviews

Kiefer Sutherland, star of TV's '24', directs and stars in this superb low-key prison movie.

Forrest Whitaker is the guard who slowly be-friends a prisoner on death row, and who's friendship and understanding of the in-mate causes his private life to slowly suffer.

The performances are all superb, especially from Sutherland, and there is also good support from Clancy Brown, who played the evil prison guard in the legendary 'Shawshank Redemption'. The climatic ending is also well constructed, powerful and tense. This is a lot better than most TV movies out there and deserves a big audience.

8.5 out of 10.

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