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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)

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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 »

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Home Box Office (HBO) See more »
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1.33 : 1
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A Low-Budget Dystopia with a Pretty Good Martha Plimpton
20 September 2012 | by bob-790-196018See all my reviews

This 1993 movie is one of a long line of dystopian (also called "awful warning") stories. In this case one of the key ideas that make dystopias interesting--a fascist government using paranoia to keep the masses in line--is swamped by the romance between Cuba Gooding and Moira Kelly. Of course there is a place for love in such a story--remember Winston Smith and Julia in Nineteen Eight-Four--but in Daybreak the love story eventually overwhelms everything else, and ideas go out the window.

The treatment of the disease that is supposedly rampant in this near-future world is ambiguous. No, the disease doesn't seem like AIDS, but it's unclear just what it is, how much of the population is afflicted by it, and whether or not it is really deadly. At times, you get the sense that the government invented the disease to spread fear among the people, but, then again, clearly some of the people in the movie are sick. It's all sort of confusing.

Cuba Gooding's character is one-dimensional. At first he's very angry and refuses to have anything to do with Moira Kelly. Then, aw shucks, he is forced to admit he really loves her. Moira Kelly's character is semi-believable. To me, however, the really interesting character is that played by Martha Plimpton, who makes the character come alive and has a very interesting face in the bargain.

Somewhere in this movie is a good idea that never manages to break free.

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