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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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They went in alone. The only way out is.....together ! 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  »

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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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DIRECTOR_CAMEO(Rob Cohen): a businessman in an early scene with Viggo Mortensen. See more »


When the explosion reaches the mouth of the tunnel, the cars entering stop in straight lines. After Kit and his passengers get out of their car, completely different vehicles are scattered everywhere, and some have overturned. See more »


Kit Latura: Okay we're high and dry and out of danger. Now, what we do'nt need is more suprises. Right?
Steven Crighton: Okay, Were high and dry. Now what?
Kit Latura: Now, I may have a way where I can take down a part of that tube, that will seal us off from the fire and plug up that leak.
Steven Crighton: How do you plan on doing that?
Kit Latura: I gonna have to use an explosive.
[the people sigh in disbelief]
Kit Latura: No. wait. wait a second. Let me explain.
Steven Crighton: An explosive? that's your idea down here? No wonder you got people killed.
Kit Latura: Hey. If anybody's got a better idea, ...
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References New York, New York (1977) 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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Fasten your seatbelts and brace yourself for an non-stop thrill ride
3 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fasten your seatbelts and brace yourself for an non-stop thrill ride that will have you holding your breath from start to finish.

"Daylight" is one of the most intense movies I have seen in a long time. Sylvester Stallone gives one of his best performances in "Daylight" leading a group of civilians to safety after a New York tunnel engulfs in flames. Stallone works his magic as a former EMS chief sent in to save these civilians.

When I heard Stallone's name mentioned as part of the cast of "Daylight," I knew it would be a non-stop thrill ride; however, what I didn't realize it would be a thriller that had depth mixed in with everything else. "Daylight" is a credit to Stallone's ability and this remains one of his best roles to date.

Adding to this awesome film are Stallone's co-stars, which include Amy Brenneman, Viggo Mortensen, Jay O. Sanders and Stan Shaw. I enjoyed watching this ensemble work together because they seem to need no direction when on screen. It was as if they were really trapped in the tunnel. From the fear to the heroic actions they took, these actors were top notch.

I concede that "Daylight" is predictable. However, I disagree with those who say it hurts the film. My point is it doesn't matter whether a film is predictable, rather how it is presented. "Daylight" is presented with quite unique special effects, a plot with depth and endearing performances.

In addition to the excellent performances, "Daylight" had some of the best special effects I have seen. The explosion at the beginning of the movie was a work of art. I was in awe of how well the special effects were pulled off because I don't believe that "Daylight" would have worked as well as it did if they were done with less than 100 percent effort.

"Daylight" will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

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