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Escape from L.A. -- The man with the patch is back. Call him Snake. His job: wade through L.A.'s ruined landmarks to retrieve a doomsday device.


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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kurt Russell ... Snake Plissken

Steve Buscemi ... Map to the Stars Eddie

Peter Fonda ... Pipeline

Cliff Robertson ... President

Valeria Golino ... Taslima

Stacy Keach ... Cmdr. Malloy

Pam Grier ... Hershe Las Palmas

Bruce Campbell ... Surgeon General of Beverly Hills

Georges Corraface ... Cuervo Jones (as George Corraface)

Michelle Forbes ... Brazen

A.J. Langer ... Utopia

Ina Romeo ... Hooker

Peter Jason ... Duty Sergeant

Jordan Baker ... Police Anchor

Caroleen Feeney ... Woman on Freeway

Paul Bartel ... Congressman
Tom McNulty ... Officer
Jeff Imada ... Saigon Shadow

Breckin Meyer ... Surfer

Robert Carradine ... Skinhead

Shelly Desai ... Cloaked Figure

Leland Orser ... Test Tube
Kathleen Blanchard ... Female Narrator (voice)
William Luduena ... Mescalito
Gabriel Castillo ... Mescalito
William Peña ... Jacket Mescalito
David Perrone ... US Cleric Justice
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Greg Anthony ... Armed Street Thug (uncredited)

Julien Cesario ... Mescalito (uncredited)

Bojesse Christopher ... Surfer (uncredited)
Nick Danger ... Himself (uncredited)

Michele Edison ... Hooker (uncredited)
Brian Freifield ... Hanging Victim (uncredited)

Isaac Hayes ... Guard at Basketball Court (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Joseph B. Henry ... Black Gang Member (uncredited)

Leo Lee ... Hershe Gang Member (uncredited)

Al Leong ... Hershe Gang Member (uncredited)

James Lew ... Hershe Gang Member (uncredited)
Curtis Newman ... Armed Street Thug (archive footage) (uncredited)
Deirdre O'Brien ... Punker Girl (uncredited)

Angela Torrez Parker ... Hooker (uncredited)

Stuart Quan ... Hershe Gang Member (uncredited)

Thomas Rosales Jr. ... Gang Member (uncredited)

Wyatt Russell ... Orphan Boy (uncredited)

Antony Sauvé ... Mescalito (uncredited)

John Sencio ... Skinhead in Alley (uncredited)
Aiden Starr ... Surgeon General Nurse (uncredited)
Johnny Torres ... Mescalito (uncredited)

Vivicca A. Whitsett ... Bitch Gang Leader (uncredited)

Directed by
John Carpenter 
Writing credits
John Carpenter (characters) and
Nick Castle (characters)

John Carpenter (written by) &
Debra Hill (written by) &
Kurt Russell (written by)

Produced by
Debra Hill .... producer
Kurt Russell .... producer
Original Music by
John Carpenter 
Shirley Walker 
Cinematography by
Gary B. Kibbe 
Film Editing by
Edward A. Warschilka 
Casting by
Carrie Frazier 
Production Design by
Lawrence G. Paull 
Art Direction by
Bruce Crone 
Set Decoration by
Kathe Klopp 
Costume Design by
Robin Michel Bush 
Makeup Department
Rick Baker .... special makeup effects
Dennis Liddiard .... personal makeup artist
Susan Mills .... hair department head
Joseph Yuss Simon .... makeup effects
Bill Sturgeon .... special effects makeup foreman
Marvin G. Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Alexandra Koch .... production supervisor
David Witz .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christian P. Della Penna .... assistant director
Martin Jedlicka .... second assistant director
Jason Roberts .... second second assistant director
Candace Suerstedt .... first assistant director: visual effects unit
Art Department
Michael Casey .... set dresser
Clete Cetrone .... construction foreman
Larry A. Cornick .... set dresser
Nathan Crowley .... set designer
Dragon Dronet .... props
Michael P. Finnegan .... tool technician
Don E. Gaffney .... prop construction
William Hiney .... assistant art director
John Hoskins .... construction coordinator
Travis Huffman .... propmaker
Kurt V. Hulett .... set dresser
Carol Kiefer .... art department coordinator
Jonas Kirk .... general foreman
Jonas Kirk .... set constructor
Lance Larson .... weapons and props
Fireball Tim Lawrence .... concept artist (as Tim Lawrence)
Bill MacSems .... property master
Richard F. Mays .... set designer (as Richard Mays)
Jim McPherson .... sculptor: surgeon general and mutants
Lou Mouneu Sr. .... plasterer
Luigi Mugavero .... set dresser
Joseph Musso .... production illustrator
Christopher S. Nushawg .... set designer
Gary Pawlowski .... mold maker
Ken Peterson .... assistant property master
Glenn H. Roberts .... on-set dresser
Nicholas Rymond .... set dresser
Jordu Schell .... sculptor
Patrick M. Sullivan Jr. .... set designer
Mark Weber .... propmaker foreman
Darrell L. Wight .... set designer
Lyndell Wolff .... carpenter
Dan Platt .... sculptor (uncredited)
Victor M. Shannon .... plasterer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Willy Allen .... dialogue editor
Ron Bartlett .... sound re-recording mixer
Ted Caplan .... foley editor
Michael C. Casper .... sound re-recording mixer
Thomas Causey .... sound
Matt Colleran .... foley recordist
Zack Davis .... adr editor
Joe Dorn .... adr editor
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
John Dunn .... supervising sound editor
Christopher Flick .... supervising foley editor
Donald Flick .... sound effects editor
Catherine Harper .... foley artist
John Hulsman .... sound effects editor
Scott A. Jennings .... foley editor
Courtenay Marvin .... assistant sound editor
Steve Maslow .... sound re-recording mixer
John Pospisil .... sound designer
Randy Singer .... foley mixer
Robert Ulrich .... supervising adr editor
David A. Whittaker .... sound effects editor
David Williams .... supervising dialogue editor
Kerry Dean Williams .... adr editor
Special Effects by
Martin Bresin .... special effects coordinator (as Marty Bresin)
Roy L. Downey .... miniature pyrotechnician
Dale Ettema .... special effects supervisor
Roy Goode .... special effects technician
Hiroshi Katagiri .... special makeup effects artist: The Character Shop
Rick Lazzarini .... puppets: Kurt Russell & Pam Grier
Ian C. McArthur .... special effects technician
David A. Poole .... special effects
Michael Roundy .... special effects foreman
Bryan Sides .... special effects technician
Robert Simokovic .... special effects foreperson
Anthony Simonaitis .... special effects technician
Richard Stringfellow .... underwater effects
Paul Vigil .... special effects technician
Tom von Badinski .... special effects foreman
Dennis Yeager II .... special effects technician
Mark Yuricich .... special effects shop foreperson
Jaime Galindo .... special effects laborer (uncredited)
Jeff Himmel .... miniature puppet fabrication: The Character Shop (uncredited)
Paul Salamoff .... miniature puppet fabrication: The Character Shop (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Joshua Arsenault .... production assistant: Buena Vista Visual Effects
Les Bernstien .... visual effects director of photography
Isaac Cohen .... model maker
Denise Davis .... visual effects producer: BVVE
Valerie Delahaye .... computer generated art supervisor
Jason Dennis .... technical administration
Harrison Ellenshaw .... executive producer: BVVE
Joshua Geisler-Amhowitz .... digital artist
Allen Gonzales .... digital art department supervisor
Stephen Humphrey .... visual effects electronics
David Jones .... CG supervisor: Buena Vista
Michael Lessa .... visual effects supervisor
Kimberly Nelson LoCascio .... visual effects supervisor (as Kimberly K. Nelson)
Craig Mullins .... digital matte painter
Winston Quitasol .... lead digital compositor
Michael Ramirez .... digital artist
Joseph Thomas .... FX animation
Shyam V. Yadav .... visual effects documentarian
Lisa Fisher .... digital artwork: Buena Vista Visual Effects (uncredited)
Lee Lanier .... digital artist (uncredited)
Laura Albert .... stunts
Rochelle Ashana .... stunts
John Ashker .... stunts
Rick Avery .... stunts
Janet Brady .... stunts (as Janet S. Brady)
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunts (as William H. Burton)
Jeff Cadiente .... stunts
Damon Caro .... stunts
John Casino .... stunt double: Kurt Russell
Mike Ceballos .... stunts
George Cheung .... stunts
Phil Chong .... stunts
Clarke Coleman .... stunts
Eugene Collier .... stunts
Paul Crawford .... stunts
Gregg Dandridge .... stunts
Jadie David .... stunts
Gary Davis .... stunts
Maria Doest .... stunts
Richard L. Duran .... stunts (as Richard Duran)
Annie Ellis .... stunts
Danny Epper .... stunts
John Escobar .... stunt driver
John Escobar .... stunts
Ramiro González .... stunts
Al Goto .... stunts
Joe Greblo .... stunts
Thomas Robinson Harper .... stunts (as Tom Harper)
John Hateley .... stunts
Toby Holguin .... stunts
Norman Howell .... stunts
Shawn Howell .... stunts
Brian Imada .... stunts
Jeff Imada .... stunt coordinator
Dan Inosanto .... stunts
Steven Ito .... stunts
Freddie Jin .... stunts
Matt Johnston .... stunts
John Koyama .... stunts (as John Koy)
Michele Koyama .... stunts
Brad Lackey .... stunts
Peter Lai .... stunts
Steven Lambert .... stunts
Daniel Lee .... stunts (as Danny Lee)
Leo Lee .... stunts
Al Leong .... stunts
James Lew .... stunts
Brad Martin .... stunts
Steve Martinez .... stunts
Dwayne McGee .... stunts
Wayne Montanio .... stunts
Bennie Moore .... stunts
Jimmy Ortega .... stunts
Manny Perry .... stunts
Stuart Quan .... stunts
Simon Rhee .... stunts
Vernon Rieta .... stunts
Jimmy N. Roberts .... motorcycle stunt double: Kurt Russell
Mario Roberts .... stunts
Shawn Robinson .... stunts
Troy Robinson .... stunts
Thomas Rosales Jr. .... stunts
Gilbert Rosales .... stunts
Debby Lynn Ross .... stunts
Lori Lynn Ross .... stunts
Kenny Searle .... utility stunts
Erik Stabenau .... stunts
Chad Stahelski .... stunts
Nils Allen Stewart .... stunts
Ray Sua .... stunts
Keith Tellez .... stunts
Cris Thomas-Palomino .... stunts
Mary Torres .... stunts
Gary Toy .... stunts
Dain Turner .... stunts
Tierre Turner .... stunts
David Wald .... stunts
Danny Weselis .... stunts
Danny Wong .... stunts
Roger Yuan .... stunts
Joni Avery .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Ron Balicki .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Nick Brett .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Allen Brock .... car stunts (uncredited)
Marian Green .... stunts (uncredited)
Barbara Anne Klein .... stunts (uncredited)
Zack Milan .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Hugh Aodh O'Brien .... stunts (uncredited)
Courtney Pakiz .... stunt performer (uncredited)
J.N. Roberts .... stunts (uncredited)
Arthur Tipp .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Scott Waugh .... stunts (uncredited)
Nancy Young .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Condro .... first assistant camera
Mark J. Coyne .... assistant camera
Jerome Fauci .... Steadicam operator
Antonio V. Garrido .... dolly grip (as Antonio Garrido)
Norman Glasser .... chief lighting technician (as Norman L. Glasser)
Jan Gould .... best boy grip
Mark Gutterud .... vistavision camera operator
Jud Kehl .... camera operator
Christopher J. Lama .... electrician
Dominic Napolitano .... assistant camera
Leo J. Napolitano .... camera operator (as Leo Napolitano)
Evan A. Nesbitt .... first assistant camera: VistaVision camera
Charles Saldana .... key grip
Chris Squires .... camera operator
Stephen J. Ullman .... assistant camera
Mark Vollmer .... grip
Robert Zuckerman .... special photography
Robert Zullo .... key rigging grip
Erin Franklyn .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Marc Marino .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jennifer Bender .... extras casting
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Mitch Toles .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gina Dedomenico .... costume illustrator (as Gina Flanagan)
Joe Diaz .... costumer (as Joe Diaz Jr.)
Bridgitte Ferry .... costumer (as Brigitte Ferry)
Haleen K. Holt .... costume illustrator
Juan Lopez .... assistant costume designer
Damien Quinn .... costumer
Editorial Department
Vaune Kirby Frechette .... assistant editor
Bryan McMahan .... colorist: mastering
Mike Milliken .... color timer
Paul Murphy .... assistant editor
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Richmond Riedel .... assistant editor
Music Department
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer
Norman Ludwin .... musician (bass)
Michael McCuistion .... orchestrator
Thomas Milano .... music editor
Lolita Ritmanis .... orchestrator
Shirley Walker .... conductor
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Kristopher Carter .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Kevin Crehan .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Dan Goldwasser .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Marc Miller .... music clearance (uncredited)
Tom Raney .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Michael W. Broomer .... driver
Thomas Garris .... driver
Chris Haynes .... driver
Robert K. Johnson .... transportation captain
Dennis H. Murdoch .... military vehicle supplier
Jim Petti .... transportation
Other crew
Gregory Alpert .... location manager
Kelley Baker .... assistant accountant
Luis G. Benavides .... construction accountant
Jeffrey Berk .... production coordinator
Benu Bhandari .... script supervisor
Val Burnley .... assistant location manager (as Valerie Jo Burnley)
Danny Carter .... production assistant
Christian Clarke .... key set production assistant
Blaine Converse .... administrator: BVVE
Karin Costa .... assistant to director
Brian C. Davis .... screen graphics: Video Image
Harrison Ellenshaw .... executive producer: BVVE
Cecily Gambrell .... production assistant
Don Garrison .... location manager
Tony Giglio .... production assistant
Paul Hackner .... production assistant
Patti Hawn .... unit publicist
Jeffrey M. Howard .... production assistant
Steve Karnes .... weapons armorer
Ken Lavet .... location manager (as Kenneth D. Lavet)
James McCabe .... location manager
Zack Milan .... stand-in
Jim Petti .... assistant to cast
Ken Rudolph .... title designer: main title sequence
Nina Saxon .... title designer
Angelica Sini .... production assistant
Laurence Starkman .... title designer: main titles
Jeffrey D. Stevens .... key set medic
Christina Svoboda .... assistant to producer
Paul Taglianetti .... video effects supervisor
David Thornsberry .... location manager
Diane Ward .... assistant production coordinator
Terri Farley-Teruel .... production services (uncredited)
Vanessa Grayson .... stand-in: Valeria Golino (uncredited)
Josh C. Kline .... development assistant (uncredited)
Denise Mora .... assistant construction accountant (uncredited)
Rick Sander .... screen graphics (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"John Carpenter's Escape from L.A." - USA (complete title)
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Rated R for violence and some language
101 min
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When developing the sequel, John Carpenter and Kurt Russell felt Los Angeles was right for Snake Plissken to get in and out of.See more »
Continuity: In the final fight scene between Snake and Cuervo, Cuervo's knife disappears occasionally from the ground.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 separate this sinful, sinful city from our country.
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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Underrated Action-Packed Sequel! Snake is Back! One Of Carpenter's Best!, 31 May 2012
Author: jcbutthead86 from United States

Escape From L.A is great action sequel to Escape From New york and in my opinion one of John Carpenter's best films and is a film that deserves a second chance.

Set in a futuristic Los Angeles in 2013 L.A has been turned into a prison for the entire country where you go in and don't come out. When a black box containing a doomsday device is stolen, antihero Snake Plissken(Kurt Russell)has been hired to bring back the device in 10 hours once again putting Plissken in another hellish adventure.

I've always loved Escape From L.A since I first saw it and I don't understand the hatred this film has gotten over the years. Is Escape From L.A similar to the original? Yes. But L.A works so well if you don't take it seriously. Where as Escape From New York was a dark and grim vision of the future,Escape From L.A has a light,campy,satirical feel to it and Carpenter just rolls with it. One of the things I love about EFLA is how Carpenter takes the story and concept of the first film pushes takes it to new heights. Given a much bigger budget of 50 million dollars Carpenter is given much more to do with this film and you see a lot of locations in L.A that you'll see that have been destroyed or kept around like Beverly Hills or the iconic Los Angeles coliseum. Another thing I love about EFLA is the campy satire Carpenter injects in the film and the bizarre situations Snake gets into and the crazy characters Snake meets. Carpenter obviously loves L.A and takes time to make a satire of the city and flipping L.A on it's head whether it was earthquakes,agents,gangs or sports and it's wild and funny. Snake's situations and the characters he meets are just weird and crazy like the original. Snake has to deal with crooked agents,surfers,nutty plastic surgeons while getting into gunfights and trying to survive the mission at hand. Its seems like Carpenter and most viewers are in on the joke and Snake at times does not get the joke. Carpenter is pretty much making fun of the Action film genre and movie sequels,mocking the clichés with the shootouts and explosions and over the top villains that became associated with the Action genre during the 80s and 90s. But the Action scenes in the film are great and have a manic energy to it. One of the best Action scenes in the film is the Basketball scene where instead of winning a Basketball game,you have to win to save your life or you die. Carpenter loves NBA Basketball and takes the sport of Basketball and turns it upside down and makes Basketball a dark and funny game of death. As a NBA fan myself I wonder how would NBA legends like Michael Jordan,Magic Johnson or Larry Bird do in a Basketball game of death. A great scene. Carpenter also mocks Hollywood for coming out with a countless number of sequels in the 80s and 90s and it's so true even now how movie franchise sequels repeating the same thing over and over again. Carpenter always wanted to make a Western and you can see a lot of the influence of the Western genre in this film,with Snake being a futuristic of the Clint Eastwood Western movie gunslinger,the villains wearing black and brown dusters like the great Sergio Leone Westerns and the photography with a brown,dirty look of Sam Peckinpah's style came into the future. If you thought EFNY's ending was wild and bold,EFLA's ending is even bolder and one of the best endings in movie history and one of the reasons for Escape From L.A's brilliance and excellence.

Kurt Russell does a great job again as Snake,almost like Russell took the weekend off on Escape From New York and came into Escape From L.A on Monday. Russell plays Snake with the same toughness and grit like in the original and is brilliant and unforgettable. Stacy Keach is fun as Malloy,the warden of the prison. Steve Buscemi is great and funny as a Hollywood agent Map To The Stars Eddie a weasel who will represent anyone. Cliff Robertson does a fine job as The President who's evil and a coward. Bruce Campbell is excellent and unrecognizable as the surgeon general of Beverly Hills who puts Snake in a dangerous position. George Corraface is great as villain Cuervo Jones. Pam Grier is wonderful as Hershe a former associate of Plisskin's who helps him out. Peter Fonda is memorable in his short role as surfer Pipeline who helps Snake out in a funny and bizarre scene. Valerina Golino is good as Taslima who helps Snake out for a short time. A.J Langer is good as Utopia,the President's daughter who rebels against him. Michelle Forbes gives a fine performance as Brazen,Malloy's right hand help and assistant. This is a B-movie lovers dream cast.

John Carpenter's direction is wonderful,moving the camera at all costs bringing a crazy energy to the film with the pace never slowing down. The action sequences in the film are well done with enough gunfights to satisfy any action viewer,it's some of the best action scenes Carpenter's ever done. Great direction by Carpenter.

The score by John Carpenter and Shirley Walker is great and well done mixing Carpenter's Western and Blues and Walker's big action score. I also loved the new version of the Escape From New York theme for this film. Great version. Also great songs on the soundtrack from White Zombie(The One),Tool(Sweat)and Sugar Ray(Ten Seconds Down).

In final word Escape From L.A is an underrated classic that gets better with repeating viewings and is a film that deserves more respect and is one of John Carpenter and Kurt Russell's best films. Highly Recommended. 10/10.

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