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Short Walk to Daylight (1972)

Eight people are trapped in a New York City subway after an earthquake, and try to find their way out.



(teleplay), (teleplay) (as Gerald DiPego) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview:
... Tom Phelan
... Alvin
... Ed
... Dorella
... Joanne
Lázaro Pérez ... Jax (as Lazaro Perez)
Suzanne Charny ... Sylvia
... Sandy
... Conductor


Eight people are trapped in a New York City subway after an earthquake, and try to find their way out.

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A subway ride. A sudden earthquake. And now, disaster and death stand between seven strangers and a ... 'Short Walk To Daylight'







Release Date:

24 October 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Night the Earth Shook  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Cars 381 and 1802, whose numbers appear in the film, remain on TA property and are operated several times each year on Transit Museum-sponsored excursions. See more »


Referenced in Daylight (1996) See more »

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A rare gem!
30 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

I recently got a copy of this movie through e-bay as these '70's TV movies are almost all forgotten and rarely run on late night TV anymore. I'm hoping somebody has a Nostaglic '70/'80's movie station coming soon because "Short Walk to Daylight" should be at the top of the list. The movie, given the time era it was made (1972) is actually very good and I felt the actors gave a good performance. Brooke Bundy may have gone a little over the top with her crying but she wasn't bad. The characters are all strangers waiting for a subway on an early Sunday morning and by the end of the movie have bonded together in a time of crisis.An earthquake strikes New York City leading to the disaster of the subway crashing and coming off the tracks. It seems realistic as this movie was made at a time when we didn't have computers to enhance the disaster. The walls come crumbling down, the earthquake has after-shocks and it makes for all the suspense these TV movies tried to generate. Some survive, some don't, typical of a disaster movie.There's some good elements of suspense along the way. Just when you think they're going to get out of the tunnel, they run into another obstacle. James Brolin was pretty popular at the time doing "Marcus Welby" and plays a hard-edged, NYC cop. I wouldn't want to spoil the ending but this movie is worth a look and given the length (90 minutes)it will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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