Nightmare in the Daylight

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Nightmare in the Daylight
Directed by Lou Antonio
Produced by Henry Colman
Written by Frédéric Hunter
Starring Jaclyn Smith
Christopher Reeve
Music by David Shire
Cinematography Gayne Rescher
Edited by Gary Griffin
Distributed by CBS
Release dates
November 22, 1992
Running time
96 minutes
Country USA
Language English

Nightmare in the Daylight is a 1992 television film directed by Lou Antonio. Originally airing on CBS, the thriller film stars Jaclyn Smith and Christopher Reeve.


Sean Farrell (Reeve) is a lawyer working in San Francisco, who in the past beat his long-lost wife, Jean, who disappeared in the 1985 Mexico City earthquake. One day, he notices Megan Lambert (Smith), a Wisconsin teacher visiting the city with her husband Peter (Mason) and son Jamie (Bell). He grows convinced that Megan is his wife, and ignores any denials she is making. After kidnapping her for a short period of time, he contacts his first wife's father, who tells Sean that Megan is not his daughter. Sean, by now, is too obsessed with Megan though, resulting in the woman and her family living in constant fear.



The film was shot in San Francisco and Los Angeles.[1]


Variety wrote of the film: "The game-playing limps on, with Smith distressed and Reeve looking severe as though they'd both just read the script. Smith and Mason play well through some good naturalistic domestic scenes, but that doesn't much help the cause. By the end of the caper, Nightmare in the Daylight affirms the purposelessness of the venture. Tech credits are swell, with Michael Paul Clausen's production design a plus."[1]


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