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Daybreak (2001)

Jeff Stokes is an artist whose need to create extends beyond the canvas; in fact, his need/obsession is to procreate. This obsession paves the way for Jeff to strike a damning bargain once ... See full summary »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Clemens ... Jeff
Debra Henri Debra Henri ... Michele
Jeff Bergquist ... Charlie
Michael James Kacey ... Ned
Mitch Campbell Mitch Campbell ... Mitch
Ian Tomaschik ... Walter
Christopher Roberts Christopher Roberts ... Homeless Man / Fallen Angel
Candace Greco Candace Greco ... Margaret
Rachel Rhodes ... Heather
Jacquelyn Poplar Jacquelyn Poplar ... Louise
Sean Crouse Sean Crouse ... Trevor
Robbie Barclay Robbie Barclay ... Billy
Rocky Reed Rocky Reed ... Joey
Scotty Hauser Scotty Hauser ... Alan
Deborah Curtis Deborah Curtis ... Francine


Jeff Stokes is an artist whose need to create extends beyond the canvas; in fact, his need/obsession is to procreate. This obsession paves the way for Jeff to strike a damning bargain once he finds that his wife Michele can no longer conceive. For Jeff, the next daybreak becomes not only the beginning of a new day, but the end of an old life. He wakes into a world where his wish has been fulfilled. He and Michele have their own children, but the event that enabled this change has forever altered them both. When Jeff discovers that he no longer paints, indeed that his artistic endeavors are stifled by insecurity, he sees himself a man turned bitter with anger and despair. "Daybreak" follows Jeff's struggle to discover what went wrong, as he uncovers personal demons and death on his own journey to damnation. Written by Michael James Kacey

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The beginning of a new day... The end of an old life.





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Release Date:

18 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Catawissa, Pennsylvania, USA See more »


Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)
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Anthracite Films Inc. See more »
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Did You Know?


The final scenes in the movie were filmed along a permanently closed section of PA Route 61 in Centralia, Pennsylvania. An underground mine fire which began in 1962 forced the closure of the highway and the relocation of the residents in the 1980s. Debris had to be cleared away so as to make the roadway look usable. Gaps in the asphalt released a sulfuric odor and wisps of white smoke. Care had to be taken to keep it out of frame. See more »


[first lines]
Charlie: Come on, Jeff. Jeez. Come on. I got a four and half hour drive ahead of me.
Jeff: Just one more stop, Dad.
Charlie: Yeah. One more, one - it's always one more.
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Written by Trent Walker and Dean Olawski
Performed by Trent Walker
Courtesy of Trent Walker Music and XSNrG
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Powerful debut from first-time director
1 March 2004 | by KerridwynSee all my reviews

I saw this movie at a small screening and was impressed by both the performances and the realism. It deals with the fantasy question of "what if my life had taken a different turn at an earlier point?" and warns against the constant questioning of what "might have been" at the expense of enjoying and appreciating what we have. The lead character of Jeff is plunged into what is both a nightmare, and a very ordinary life. Paul Clemens does a fine job of portraying his character as a real person, faced with a situation which usually gets a less than "realistic" treatment in Hollywood! His scenes of anguish over what he lost are wrenching for just that realism. Debra Henri stands out in the scene where she stands up for her own dreams in the face of Jeff's apparent self-obsession, and Jeff Bergquist gives an ultimately touching performance as Jeff's father.

I commend Michael James Kacey (and his crew) for their fine achievement.

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