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Daylight (1996)

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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Rob Cohen

Writer:

Leslie Bohem
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... Kit Latura
Amy Brenneman ... Madelyne Thompson
Viggo Mortensen ... Roy Nord
Dan Hedaya ... Frank Kraft
Jay O. Sanders ... Steven Crighton
Karen Young ... Sarah Crighton
Claire Bloom ... Eleanor Trilling
Vanessa Bell Calloway ... Grace Calloway
Renoly Santiago ... Mikey
Colin Fox ... Roger Trilling
Danielle Harris ... Ashley Crighton
Trina McGee ... LaTonya (as Trina McGee-Davis)
Marcello Thedford ... Kadeem
Sage Stallone ... Vincent
Jo Anderson ... Bloom
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Storyline

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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On December 6th, Universal Pictures dares you to take on the tunnel See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disaster-related peril, death and destruction | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daylight: Infierno en el túnel See more »

Filming Locations:

Monterey, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,014,795, 8 December 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$33,023,469

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$126,189,000
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Sound Mix:

DTS-Stereo | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One reason Sylvester Stallone agreed to act in this movie was to help him overcome his fear of confined spaces. He'd agreed to appear in Cliffhanger (1993) to help him overcome his fear of heights. See more »

Goofs

When George tells Ray Nord the tunnel is blocked off, Roy leaves to check out the damage for himself. His shadow is cast on the wall behind him as he walks down the tunnel toward the wall of fire. Another shadow of somebody running appears in front of Roy's shadow for a few seconds, then disappears. See more »

Quotes

George Tyrell: Get them back to daylight.
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Connections

References The Poseidon Adventure (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Whenever There Is Love (From 'Daylight')
Written by Bruce Roberts and Edgar Bronfman Jr. (as Sam Roman)
Performed by Bruce Roberts and Donna Summer
Courtesy of Universal Records
By Arrangement with MCA Special Markets and Products
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Spectacular special effects, pathetic acting and story
28 February 1999 | by KristonSee all my reviews

When it came to watching this movie I was another victim of opportunity. It was raining out and it just came by on the dish. I enjoy apocalyptic and engineering disaster movies but this one, save for the set and the great effects, was incredibly bad.

We start with villains who, for reasons I must have missed in the first 10 minutes, are driving crazily into the Holland tunnel and crash into a truck carrying lots of brightly-colored drums of hazmat. That is to say nothing of the fact that hazmat, especially on an open flatbed truck, would never have been allowed in the tunnel to begin with. The explosion, fire, collapse, and total carnage that follows has to be seen to be enjoyed, if not believed. Apparently this flatbed truck of flammables is able to create an explosion that not only runs to both lengths of the tunnel (and collapses the entrances and not the middle of the tunnel) it also destroys the main ventilator building, the service tunnel, and most of the other tube (how did that happen?) The sheer volume of fire and destruction is mightily fun to watch, but it's completely unbelievable and impossible. Even though the tunnel is filled with heavy traffic, somehow most of the vehicles aren't in the section of the tunnel most of the movie is set in. Even stranger, the crispy corpses are nowhere to be found in the vehicles you can see.

If you're a fan of computer-generated effects that will keep you guessing "how'd they do that?" you'll love this movie for that reason alone. For example, the explosions that occur above water while Stallone and the fair maiden are below water are very impressive. But, if you are the kind of viewer who questions even 1/10th of the questionable events in the movie, you will need to take your Valium. I am still trying to understand how the walls of the tunnel were continuously on fire and shot regular fireballs into the tunnel for no apparent reason. This movie is a strange cross between The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, and Independence Day -- any of which you'd probably enjoy a lot more.

Of course no NYC disaster movie can be complete without characterizing the city engineers as buffoons who care more about traffic than human lives, but I guess this movie needed more of an antagonist than the situation had presented in order to improve the bizarrely thought-out plot.


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