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Escape from L.A. (1996)

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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 August 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

John Carpenter's Escape from L.A.  »


Box Office


$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:

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to an interview with John Carpenter, Kurt Russell not only came up with, but wrote the entire ending of the movie. See more »


When the "contestant" before Plissken fails to score and is shot, the locations of the shooters and the direction of their shots guarantee that several of the shooters would end up shooting each other, and they didn't. See more »


[first lines]
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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Best Ending Ever ! ! !
16 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

So, recently if seen this amazing movie again, sitting on my couch and listening to this incredible genius made music. I really don't know, why most of the people prefer Escape from N.Y. When I first saw N.Y. it really didn't get me. But one must be said for sure: ESCAPE FROM L.A. DO HAVE THE BEST ENDING I'VE EVER SEEN IN A MOVIE MADE UNTIL NOW! So all of you, who haven't seen it yet, go get it!

PS: Sorry, if there are some gramatical errors, but my English isn't that good.

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