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Snake Plissken is once again called in by the United States government to recover a potential doomsday device from Los Angeles, now an autonomous island where undesirables are deported.

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The year is 2013 and Snake Plissken is back but this time it's L.A., which through the agency of earthquakes has become an island of the damned. But something has gone wrong in this new moral order, because the President's daughter has absconded to L.A. with a detonation device, and Snake is commandeered to retrieve it. But just below the surface there is a coiled Snake ready to strike. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Plan Your Escape.['LA' from 'Plan' and 'Escape' are highlighted] See more »


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Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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9 August 1996 (USA)  »

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John Carpenter's Escape from L.A.  »

Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

JPY 9,040,640 (Japan) (29 November 1996)

Gross:

JPY 131,401,000 (Japan) (6 December 1996)
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Trivia

According to an interview with John Carpenter, Kurt Russell not only came up with but wrote the entire ending of the movie. See more »

Goofs

In the final fight scene between Snake and Cuervo, Cuervo's knife disappears occasionally from the ground. See more »

Quotes

President: All right, I've heard enough. Would you explain to this foot soldier why he's going to do what we tell him to do.
Snake Plissken: What's he talking about?
Malloy: The Plutoxin Seven virus.
Brazen: Genetically engineered. 100% pure death.
Malloy: It starts with a slight headache, then turns into a fever that gets worse. After a short time, you crash. You bleed out like a stuck pig. Not a pretty sight.
Snake Plissken: I get it. You figure that you inject that shit into me, and under the threat of death, I'll do whatever you say... just like in New ...
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Less of a sequel; more of a remake
20 January 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie is what would've happened if Carpenter had just left Escape from New York as a stand alone. It would've been remade into a hyped-up overkill Hollywood remake.

But instead, he did it himself. I love this movie, it doesn't take itself seriously like Escape from New York did. People who loved Snake's camp in New York will love this. People who loved Snake for his bad-ass charm and the creepy moments in New York wont be as pleased.

Snake's a regular action-here in LA. One-Liner's and angry sneers all the way. And the creepiness has been replaced with campiness... this is essentially a polished B-movie.

Gotta love the villains. With a main baddie who looks like Che Gueverra, where can you go wrong? Okay, so the rest of the characters are extremely ridiculous (Map to the Stars Eddie, Hershey Carmichael, Bruce Campbell as the Surgeon General) but who cares? This movie isn't meant to be serious. It's meant to be a ridiculous laugh-out loud film.

This film was just the tip of Carpenter's sarcastic action movies. Vampires and Ghosts of Mars followed.


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