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Dark Days

2000, Documentary, 1h 34m

71 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Marc Singer's documentary about a group of homeless people living beneath the streets of New York City is haunting and uplifting in equal measure. Read critic reviews

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"Dark Days" is a feature length documentary about a community of homeless people living in a train tunnel beneath Manhattan. The film depicts a way of life which is unimaginable to most of those who walk the streets above. In the pitch blackness of the tunnel rats swarm through piles of garbage and high-speed trains out of Penn station tear through the darkness.

Cast & Crew

Ben Freedman
Co-Producer
Randall Mesdon
Executive Producer
Gordon Paul
Executive Producer
Paolo Seganti
Executive Producer
Morton Swinsky
Executive Producer
DJ Shadow
Original Music
Marc Singer
Cinematographer
Melissa Niedich
Film Editing
Peter Levin
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Peter Levin
Supervising Sound Editor
Barbara Parks
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  • Sep 13, 2012
    A Meloncholy look on the Homeless society in a region of Manhattan's railway. Apropietly shot in Greyscale, this is a gritty look at the lifestyle of many people who live underground, litterally. Dark and cold, you get shills even under the warmest covers, whiching this bio.
    Vincent T Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2012
    New York City homeless create a small community in Amtrak's tunnels. While there's no hero or central figure in Dark Days, one gets the sensation that all of these people are together living one life. With a few exceptions, many of them are drug-addled and have shady pasts. My father used to say that we're all one bad day from being homeless, an assertion one of my right-wing professors in graduate school scoffed at, and what few stories we see of these people's pasts prove my father's point. I wish the documentary had more of these because the nagging question throughout was how these people got to be where they are, but I suppose that, as one of the film's subjects stated, one has to live day to day in order to survive, which doesn't leave too much time for reflecting about the past. Overall, I would have liked to have seen more inidividualization of the documentary's subjects, but for what it is, Dark Days is a very strong film about the forgotten members of our society.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2011
    A brutally honest look at the world of homeless people in New York. We get to hang out with these people as they try and build a life in the underground tunnels of Amtrack. They don't make any attempt to tell a story here. They just let life play out and take us along for the ride.
    Jason S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 22, 2009
    This was really interesting in being able to see how these people really live. They're making the most of their situation and it shows them as real people who realise their mistakes and feel guilty about what they've done and wish it could be changed. It's also really good that these people were allowed a second chance because of this film.
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