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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.


Stephen Tolkin


Alan Bowne (play), Stephen Tolkin (teleplay)




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


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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Release Date:

8 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amanhecer sem Futuro See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Home Box Office (HBO) See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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David Elgenberg and Willie Garson both played in Sex and the City the series See more »


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


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It's all been done before
26 November 2006 | by morgana-31See all my reviews

I watched this last night, as it was on a DVD with something else I could have survived without seeing. The first thing that came to mind was 1984. Bleak and miserable settings; people doing manual labor that you'd suspect they wouldn't be doing if they had a choice; and being urged to report on one another - all for their own good of course. And then, for some strange reason, the old Gregory Harrison TV series, Logan's Run, popped up - what they told you you'd get and what you actually got were two different things. Add just a tiny pinch of Brave New World, and WELCOME TO YOUR FUTURE.

Of course, having not seen this until 2006, it all seems a bit far fetched now. When AIDS first appeared on the scene in the early 80s, far from introducing strict quarantine, there were calls for homosexuality to be legalized. And Political Correctness has now determined that illness - instead of making you a candidate for extermination - will more likely ensure that you'll never be found guilty of committing a crime. My illness made me do it! So a conceivable future? NOT IN MY LIFETIME.

But love still was able to bloom, in this unlikely nightmare world, between a young freedom fighter and a new recruit to the cause. Perhaps the total abandon with which Blue conducted her sex life is indicative of how the disease got to be so rampant in the first place? Be warned, kiddies! Get it on before you get it off. Add a betrayal and then assistance from an unexpected source......

Well at least it was something to do while I was waiting for my cat to come home.

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