Disaster in a New York tunnel as explosions collapse both ends of it. One hero tries to help the people inside find their way to safety.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Kraft
Steven Crighton
Sarah Crighton
Eleanor Trilling
Grace Calloway
Colin Fox ...
Roger Trilling
LaTonya (as Trina McGee-Davis)


Trouble strikes when runaway robbers in a getaway car hit truck full of explosives in the tunnel connecting Manhattan and New Jersey. Survivors are left in a weakened tunnel blocked at both exits. As Kit Latura approaches the tunnel, he sees the impact and knows he gotta take action. With time running out, he enters the tunnel through a system of maintenance walkways. Can he get the survivors out before the tunnel fills up? Written by Bryanne Marks

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No air. No escape. No time. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disaster-related peril, death and destruction | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 December 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dagslys  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,014,795 (USA) (6 December 1996)


$32,885,565 (USA) (21 February 1997)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The toxic explosion that seals both ends of the tunnel, before Kit Latura enters, was actually a miniature model. See more »


The fireball turns almost every car in the tunnel to a burnt-out shell, breaking windows and body work and killing everyone. The flames are strong enough to flip cars, but do not penetrate the prison bus, even as windows smash as it rolls through the tunnel. Madelyne also survives, even though her windows are open. When she climbs out later, all of the pillars and window frames are badly burnt. See more »


Madelyne Thompson: [singing] Start spreading the news/I'm leaving tonight/I've had it up to here with all your shit/New York, New York.
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References Short Walk to Daylight (1972) See more »


Don't Go Out With Your Friends Tonite
Written by L. Bryan, R. Bryan, D. Hoffpauir and K. Kerby
Performed by Ho-Hum
Courtesy of Universal Records
By Arrangement with MCA Special Markets and Products
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Enjoyable Sly Action Flick
30 December 2006 | by (England) – See all my reviews

An accidental explosion rips through a tunnel beneath the Hudson river, sealing off both ends trapping the survivors inside. In steps Stallone, a disgraced former emergency services chief, who hopes to save the day in usual hero style.

Daylight has a good blend of interesting characters, suspense, drama, action and special effects that all add towards the entertainment of the movie.

Overall it's good fun to watch, and it does refrain from becoming silly or over-sentimental.


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