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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)

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

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JPY 131,401,000 (Japan) (6 December 1996)
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Steve Buscemi took the part in this film to help fund his directorial debut, Trees Lounge (1996). See more »

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

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[explaining the basketball rules to Snake]
Cuervo Jones: Two hoops, full court. Ten-second shot clock. Miss a shot, you get shot. Shot clock buzzer goes off before you shoot, you get shot. Two points for a basket, no three-point bullshit. All you gotta do is get ten points. That's it.
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Cuervo Jones: By the way, nobody's ever walked off that court alive. Nobody.
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Escape From New York - Main Title
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Who You Gonna Call-------Snake Plissken
2 March 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Kurt Russell revives his Snake Plissken character from Escape To New York where several years later Los Angeles is now also a place for all the exiles to go. Except now there is a much wider definition of just what is an outlaw.

If you thought things were bad then, a certain rightwing preacher played by Cliff Robertson who managed to get himself a certain amount of credibility by predicting the big one finally hitting the west coast and Los Angeles becoming an island. He rode that to the White House where a constitutional amendment has made him president for life. And to further drive home the point of who we're talking about, the capital of the nation is moved from Washington, DC to Lynchburg, Virginia.

So under our new president we've got all kinds of biblically based laws and those who deviate from them can accept exile in La with all kinds of real criminals as well. And there is no Escape From LA.

But even the best preachers have some troublesome kids and he's got a beauty in daughter A.J. Langer. She's stolen the black box which contains the codes to some advanced satellite weaponry and she's defected to Los Angeles where Che Guevara type leader Georges Corraface is now reported who will turn the weaponry on the USA and lead all these third world countries on an invasion. After all you can't imagine with this kind of country we've got too many allies left in the world. You can't even imagine Laura or Jenna Bush doing this to dear old dad.

Based on his track record of rescuing one president from New York, of course Cliff Robertson sends for Kurt Russell for this job. He's even got another Lee Van Cleef type soldier as Russell's handler in the person of Stacy Keach who has the equally ruthless Michelle Forbes working for him as well.

That by the way is the biggest problem of Escape From LA. Escape From New York was imaginative for its time in 1981, but I think director John Carpenter should have put Kurt Russell in some new situations. He took so much from the first film and just reworked it for Escape From LA.

He did give Kurt Russell a new outfit, one I think more to fit in with what would be considered a socially deviant crowd in Los Angeles. Russell looks like a leatherman's dream in what he's wearing.

For what it's worth Escape From LA is kind of fun, but it does suffer horribly from a lack of imagination. On the other hand you've got some fine players really hamming up there parts like Steve Buscemi as the talent agent gone bad, Bruce Campbell as the surgeon to the stars, and Peter Fonda as an old surfer dude. They're the best reason to see Escape From LA.


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