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Last Light (1993)

A killer on death row finds an unlikely friend in a prison guard.


Kiefer Sutherland


Robert Eisele
3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Forest Whitaker ... Fred Whitmore
Kiefer Sutherland ... Denver Bayliss
Clancy Brown ... Lt. Lionel McMannis
Lynne Moody ... Hope Whitmore
Amanda Plummer ... Lillian Burke
Kathleen Quinlan ... Kathy Rubicek
Cameron Dye ... 1st Inmate
Tony T. Johnson Tony T. Johnson ... Darrell Whitmore
Lydell M. Cheshier Lydell M. Cheshier ... Jimmy the J
Gary Carlos Cervantes ... Kranski (as Gary Cervantes)
Dom Magwili Dom Magwili ... 1st Guard
Mike Gomez ... 2nd Guard
Edward Bunker ... Chess Player
Danny Trejo ... 2nd Inmate
Robert Eisele ... Bill Corbett


Awaiting execution, Denver Bayliss gains an unlikely friend and confidant in Fred Whitmore, a former cop who is now a prison guard. Whitmore's life is a mess, however: he shuts out his wife and can't relate to his son. As Bayliss' execution draws nearer, Whitmore clashes more and more with Lt. McMannis, his supervisor, over Bayliss' treatment. Bayliss gives Whitmore a new understanding of life by helping him come to terms with a traumatic past, and Whitmore helps Bayliss to make his peace with himself and the world. Written by Jason A. Cormier <wildrose@mindsping.com>

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Plot Keywords:

prison | prison guard | death row | See All (3) »


One defying the system. One sworn to uphold it.


Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for intense depiction of life on Death Row | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Directorial debut of Kiefer Sutherland. See more »


Denver Bayliss: The only way you can kill me is cut my head off and bury it where I can't find it.
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Heart of Blues
Performed by Jude Cole
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This was a TV movie?? Wow...
20 October 2003 | by UK_MeliaSee all my reviews

I've never written a review on here before but after seeing 'Last Light' I felt compelled to do it.

If you want to see a well-crafted film about life on the Row - maybe you enjoyed 'Shawshank Redemption' or 'Dead Man Walking' - then give this one a try as well. Kiefer Sutherland and Forest Whitaker turn in fantastic performances. I love character study films and this one did not let me down. Kiefer was only 27-ish when he starred AND directed this hidden gem of a movie. I am amazed by that. And I've always loved Forest in anything he does and he doesn't disappoint me here. 'Last Light' is gripping, intense and the final sequence is shot beautifully - I cared a great deal about the characters by the end of the film.

I actually dug around on the Internet to find this one and I bought it and added it to my collection. Great work altogether from everyone involved. I give it top ratings.

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Release Date:

22 August 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le couloir de la mort See more »

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Showtime Pictures See more »
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1.85 : 1
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