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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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Storyline

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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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

Kurt Russell practiced playing basketball between scenes as he wanted to make all of his shots legitimately in the basketball scene later on. He made all of those shots purely on his own talent, even the full-court one. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Snake Plissken: By the way, who gives me the antidote?
Malloy: A medical team will be standing by.
Snake Plissken: Neither one of you?
Malloy: No.
Snake Plissken: Good!
[Snake opens fire on Malloy and Brazen with his assault rifle, but to no effect. Malloy and Brazen do not flinch or even blink]
Malloy: Ha! We thought you might try that, hotshot. That's why the first clip is loaded with blanks. Bye bye, Snake. Good luck!
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Referenced in Ellen: Escape from L.A. (1998) See more »

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Pottery
By Paul Leary, Gibby Haynes & King Coffey
Performed by Butthole Surfers
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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A Pleasant Surprise!
2 May 2003 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

I've been a sort of a John Carpenter fan since I was a teenager (been a while), and always regarded his movies as guilty pleasures, with the emphasis on pleasures. These days, I really have to ration my movie trips for reasons related to time & $$$, so I hadn't seen this till tonight. I figured this would be a nice little follow-on to Escape From New York, which I really liked, but have to admit I didn't expect a lot more than just a thrill ride.

Got the thrill ride to be sure, but so much extra brain candy! Loved Peter Fonda's apocalyptic surfer, Steve Buscemi's slimeball entepreneur, Georges Correface's Che clone, Pam Grier's tranny, and especially Cliff Robertson's Son Of A Bush! I have to admit, my worst nightmare scenarios about W's reign are fully realized in this movie, and Cliff Robertson played the antiamerican to perfection. The ending was surprising and, I found, surprisingly satisfying. I now love John Carpenter just a little bit more than before.


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