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Daylight (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  6 December 1996 (USA)
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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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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  »

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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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In 1996, New York City's Emergency Medical Service, NYC*EMS, merged with the Fire Department of New York and became FDNY*EMS. See more »


When the fireball reaches Madelyne's car in the tunnel, a four-door Oldsmobile is next to it. When she gets out later, the Oldsmobile is now a two-door Lincoln Continental. See more »


George Tyrell: [on a TV monitor holding up a bracelet] I found this under my bed.
Grace Calloway: Could you be a little less discreet?
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References Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995) See more »


Whenever There Is Love (From 'Daylight')
Written by Bruce Roberts and Edgar Bronfman Jr. (as Sam Roman)
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The Po-Sly-don Adventure
13 July 2004 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Geez, that cab driver sure knows a lot about rescue procedures. Hey, he's Sylvester Stallone! Sly plays Kit Latura, a disgraced EMS hotshot who was fired for a major men-killing mistake (even though he's still clearly the #1 guy in this particular line of work) and happens upon some major trouble. A couple of thieving imbeciles inadvertently cause an explosion in a tunnel under New York's Hudson River, trapping a multi-culti band of survivors between a rock and an impossible place. Latura volunteers to shimmy into the proverbial hell and lead the bedraggled few to---say it with me---'Daylight'. Would he have been as gung ho if he'd known he'd get so wet?

Label this one 'Die Hard' in a tunnel or 'The Po-Sly-don Adventure'. In fact, director Rob Cohen probably screened 'The Poseidon Adventure' a few times while prepping his film. That's my favourite of the absurd '70s catastrophe flicks and 'Daylight' strikes the same notes, often successfully. There's water and fire, rats and stereotypes, it's dank and dark, and you're never sure which mid-level movie star will die next. And credit where it's due, there's even plenty of pathos in the "we all gotta work together" vein and touching scenes of quiet humanity that stop an inch short of treacle. I was moved more than usual by a Stallone picture.

The movie made squat at the box office back in December '96, but it's worth a DVD rental for its solid craftsmanship. The F/X and sound design are money. As for the acting, the lead characters (Stallone, Amy Brenneman, Viggo Mortensen) aren't especially memorable, but some of the lower-billed performers (Stan Shaw & Colin Fox, to name two) escape the movie with some dignity. The only real villain is human idiocy---people go where they're not supposed to go and do things they're not supposed to do. 'Daylight' is formulaic, but it's still better than most disaster crap I've seen.

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