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Daybreak (1993)

This drama, based on Alan Bowne's play "Beirut," takes place in a decrepit New York City of the near future, controlled by a fascist government.

Director:

Stephen Tolkin

Writers:

Alan Bowne (play), Stephen Tolkin (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Moira Kelly ... Blue
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Torch
Martha Plimpton ... Laurie
Omar Epps ... Hunter
Amir Williams Amir Williams ... Willie
David Eigenberg ... Bucky
Alice Drummond ... Anna
John Cameron Mitchell ... Lennie
Willie Garson ... Simon
Mark Boone Junior ... Quarantine Guard (as Mark Boone Jr.)
Deirdre O'Connell ... Mom
Jon Seda ... Payne
Phil Parolisi Phil Parolisi ... Russell
Paul Butler Paul Butler ... Truck Driver
Alix Koromzay ... Woman in Quarantine
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Drama based on Alan Bowne's play Beirut, takes place in the decrepit New York City of the near future, controlled by a fascistic government. Written by Harun Mehmedinovic <Pkojovic@concentric.net>

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daybreak See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Home Box Office (HBO) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

David Elgenberg and Willie Garson both played in Sex and the City the series See more »

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When Torch is painting Blue's face with dirt, the angle of the stripes change dramatically between shots. See more »

Soundtracks

Many Rivers to Cross
Written and Performed by Jimmy Cliff
Published by Island Music, Ltd. (BMI)
Courtesy of Mango/Island Records Ltd.
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An underrated film
10 September 2005 | by robert-705See all my reviews

A few of the people making earlier comments missed the point of this film. The disease described wasn't AIDS-like, it was AIDS. I suspect a few viewers may be too young to remember the near hysteria of the mid to late 1980s that had otherwise rational people calling for all HIV positive people to be permanently interned.

Clearly the writer(s) of Daybreak wanted to illustrate one possible future in which fear was allowed to win out. This has a strong message to send us in 2005 too.

The love story was central to the movie as a chain is created from Ellen to Torch to Blue. Ellen was passionate about saving people. Neither Torch nor Blue started that way but took up the cause when the one they loved fell to the all powerful authorities. The lack of decisive ending, other than the continuation of the resistance, shows that not all problems are easily solved and can be nearly wrapped up in a 1.5 hour movie.


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