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(1996)

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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.
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Sylvester Stallone said this would be his last action film because he was getting too old for the genre. However, he made Driven (2001), Rocky Balboa (2006), Rambo (2008), and the Expendables movies afterward.
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Sylvester Stallone was paid 17.5 million dollars to appear in this film.
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Rob Cohen originally wanted Nicolas Cage to play Kit Latura. Universal execs felt he was more of a "character actor", and Sylvester Stallone was more commercially viable.
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Sylvester Stallone's son, Sage Stallone, plays Vincent.
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Whilst shooting in Rome, Sylvester Stallone insisted on staying at the luxurious Excelsior Hotel which charged 3,600 dollars a night. The Rome shoot lasted 3 months.
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The tunnel sequences were filmed in Rome's Cinecitta Studios, on a set a third of a mile long. Cinecitta was chosen as the main studio set because of its enormous floodable sound stages.
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The toxic explosion that seals both ends of the tunnel, before Kit Latura enters, was actually a miniature model.
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All the vehicles were shipped to Italy for filming in Rome. An on-set advisor was on hand to authenticate everything, including the paperwork on some of the office desks.
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Before he was cast in Daylight, Sylvester Stallone was involved in another two movie projects. One was an action disaster thriller titled "No Safe Haven", and he was going to play disgraced ex marine who visits his mother on Martha's Vineyard at the same time when president and his family are there on vacation. But then the militia-like cult shows up and the members of it take over entire island, but president manages to escape and he and marine then join up to fight against cult members and save his family, and entire film would take place during large hurricane. Despite Universal studio spending $300,000 on buying the script after six hours long bidding war with other studios for it, "No Safe Haven" was cancelled very early in pre-production.

The second project Stallone was involved in was another action thriller titled "High Roller". Written by screenwriter J.F. Lawton, who wrote Steven Seagal's action hit Under Siege (1992), High Roller was described as "Die Hard in a casino", and it was about ex-hitman who has to fight against mobsters and his former boss inside huge Las Vegas casino which they took over and kidnapped the owner, and not only that he has to save the owner but he and some down on his luck gambler who got involved into entire thing by accident also must protect casino owner's daughter from mobsters.

The script for the film was sold for $1 million against $2.5 million in mid 1995 to Savoy Pictures studio who were in financial problems, which is why they disagreed with Stallone's $20 million contract to star in the film, so he went on to make Daylight while they cancelled High Roller which, following the bankrupt of their studio, was never again attempted to be made into a film, even though various studios tried to buy the rights for it in 1996 after Savoy Pictures went bankrupt.
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DIRECTOR_CAMEO(Rob Cohen): a businessman in an early scene with Viggo Mortensen.
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In 1996, New York City's Emergency Medical Service, NYC*EMS, merged with the Fire Department of New York and became FDNY*EMS.
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Max Allan Collins wrote a novelization of the film.
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Cast members Barry Newman and Viggo Mortensen both played the character Kowalski in different versions of the movie Vanishing Point: Newman in the 1971 original, Mortensen in the 1997 made-for-TV remake.
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Sylvester Stallone's character wears a Panerai watch.
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Probably unintentional but, lead character Kit Latura played by Sylvester Stallone appears in rescue equipment similar to Chris Redfield's S.T.A.R.S. gear from Resident Evil. Both the first game of Resident Evil and the movie Daylight were released in 1996 only a few months apart.
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Both Daylight and Dante's Peak were written by Leslie Bohem. In both movies, the audience is lead to believe the dog has died after it disappears, but in both films the dog reappears later and ultimately survives.
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