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Escape from L.A. (1996)

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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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 USA:

$8,912,557, 11 August 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,477,365, 17 November 1996

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,800,000
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John Carpenter and Kurt Russell had talked about making another Snake Plissken movie in 1986, and it was a difficult decision for them to make about making a sequel, and talked about it for years, and when the Los Angeles earthquake struck on January 17, 1994, they decided to do "Escape From L.A." which would be about earthquakes, floods, mudslides, drive-by shootings, and they wanted the darkness of Los Angeles to be in it. See more »

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When Snake first encounters Cuervo in his limousine, his head tracks at three times the speed of Cuervo's car. See more »

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Female Narrator: In the late 20th century, hostile forces inside the United States grow strong. The city of Los Angeles is ravaged by crime and immorality. To protect and defend its citizens, the United States Police Force is formed. A presidential candidate predicts a millennium earthquake will destroy L.A. in divine retribution.
President: Like the mighty fist of God, Armageddon will descend upon the city of Los Angeles - the city of sin, the city of Gomorrah, the city of Sodom - and waters will rise and ...
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one of the most audacious films of the 90's
27 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

At first i love both Escape films but this film is the real proof what Carpenter movies are really about and that's the story. It reminds me the fact that those who constantly complains about EFLA didn't get even Escape From New York – this visual style, atmosphere and other great surrounding stuff, as everyone praising these days, doesn't make a good movie, it was, is and will be the story, and as for the richness of this Escape From L.A. is definitely far better including that it's the most personal Carpenter movie ever that is kind of philosophy on the freedom and also today's real problem in modern America. For these elements it‘s unforgettable and only waiting for its time to be reevaluated again.


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