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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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After rescuing the president, Snake Plissken wakes up and learns that he has been charged with treason. The President is on his way back to Liberty Island to carry out his execution. Will Snake escape once more?

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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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Snake Is Back. 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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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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JPY 131,401,000 (Japan) (6 December 1996)
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White Zombie contributed the track "The One" written specifically for the soundtrack to Escape From L.A.. White Zombie's frontman Rob Zombie later went on to direct a remake of John Carpenter's Halloween (1978). See more »

Goofs

A gun cannot simply be converted to fire blanks by swapping out a magazine of live rounds with one loaded with blanks; the gun will not cycle. It would require a military blank adapter (which would be very noticeable to Snake) or extensive modifications to the internal mechanisms that would make firing live rounds destroy the gun. Also, firing blanks from an unplugged barrel at such close range is still dangerous, and would cause serious harm or even death to his intended victims. See more »

Quotes

Malloy: This is your last chance, hotshot.
Snake Plissken: For what?
Malloy: Freedom.
Snake Plissken: In America? That died a long time ago.
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That's how we should speak about freedom of creation
8 February 1999 | by (Rennes, France) – See all my reviews

Snake is back, and they shouldn't have tried to f*** with him. This movie is one of the best sci-fi movies these years, because first it's not serious at all, we see that John Carpenter is one of the most creative directors in the world in general and in USA in particular, that's why this movie didn't work, he doesn't have limits to his purpose, to the characters, he dose what he wants, and that's why he's not appreciated as he ought to be. That's also why he's appreciated here in France, we appreciated the character, Snake Plissken, very independent, not like those fake heroes as in ID4 or "Armageddon", Snake Plissken is a kind of anarchist, nobody can make him do what he doesn't want to except if his life depends on it. He's called to save the world, he says f*** off. The end of the movie is one of the best ends of a movie in these last years. The cast is really good, with of course Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi and Pam Grier (wow!) in a different role than "Jackie Brown" but the end is why I loved this movie, I didn't know that there were still free men as Carpenter in art creation in the USA.


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