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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.  »

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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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Trivia

A third sequel was going to be made titled Escape from Earth which would have had Snake escaping Earth after a dark matter experiment resulted in 99% of the Earth's population becoming Zombie like creatures. However, the negative reaction to this film prevented the sequel from being developed. See more »

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The wristwatch counter shows 6 hours 59 minutes. Then he is told he has seven and a half hours left. See more »

Quotes

[Snake is racing in a submarine]
Malloy: Slow it down, Plissken! You're overloading the power plant!
Snake Plissken: You slow down, dickhead! I'm the one who's dying!
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Referenced in Escape from New Jersey (2010) See more »

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Dawn
By Christopher Hall, Jim Sellers, Walter Flakus & Andy Kubiszewski
Performed by Stabbing Westward
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Welcome to L.A.
23 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After sixteen years, Snake Plissken is back. A long overdue vacation if you ask me.

Escape from L.A. starts off with the new America. After a devastating earthquake, L.A. is now an island on the coast of America. After a new president takes over, L.A. becomes a deportation point to "take out the trash". However, after being apprehended, Snake is forced to go to L.A. The setup beforehand is nice. The interaction with Snake and the local authorities is good stuff. Snake has his mission.

The look of the new L.A. is quite something. The land is destroyed, the chaos is frequent, and the locals are quite lethal and always watching their backs. Makes sense. This is not going to be easy.

Kurt Russell is great as Snake. He admits that Snake is one of his favorite characters to play. He had fun here. The plot works. Would make perfect sense if this did happen. Cliff Robertson is cold and calculating as the president. The action is fun. The look of the movie is perfect. L.A. looked like a wasteland. Be on the lookout for an appearance by Bruce Campbell. He has a small, but memorable role here.

The Last Word: Fun. Escape from L.A. is a fun ride through the bleak future. Not as dark as Escape from New York, it's a lot more lively. The humor at times has poor execution. Other times it works. The special FX is quite cool looking. Especially the underwater scenes. Good stuff. Enjoy.


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