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Escape from New York (1981)

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In 1997, when the U.S. president crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in to rescue him.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Russell ... Snake Plissken
Lee Van Cleef ... Hauk
Ernest Borgnine ... Cabbie
Donald Pleasence ... President
Isaac Hayes ... The Duke
Season Hubley ... Girl in Chock Full O'Nuts
Harry Dean Stanton ... Brain
Adrienne Barbeau ... Maggie
Tom Atkins ... Rehme
Charles Cyphers ... Secretary of State
Joe Unger ... Taylor (scenes deleted)
Frank Doubleday ... Romero
John Strobel ... Cronenberg
John Cothran ... Gypsy #1 (as John Cothran Jr.)
Garrett Bergfeld Garrett Bergfeld ... Gypsy #2
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Storyline

In the future, crime is out of control and New York City's Manhattan is a maximum security prison. Grabbing a bargaining chip right out of the air, convicts bring down the President's plane in bad old Gotham. Gruff Snake Plissken, a one-eyed lone warrior new to prison life, is coerced into bringing the President, and his cargo, out of this land of undesirables. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Carpenter's Escape from New York See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,244,626

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,244,626
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Extended Version)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Narrator: In 1988, the crime rate in the United States rises four hundred percent. The once great city of New York becomes the one maximum security prison for the entire country. A fifty-foot containment wall is erected along the New Jersey shoreline, across the Harlem River, and down along the Brooklyn shoreline. It completely surrounds Manhattan Island. All bridges and waterways are mined. The United States Police Force, like an army, is encamped around the island. There are no guards ...
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Exciting and spectacular rescue into a Manhattan become in top-security prison
18 December 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

We are in the year 1997,the Air Force One is hijacked by a band of revolutionaries and the President(Donald Pleasence:Halloween)is dropped into a capsule crashing in a nearly deserted Manhattan which is an island turned into a maximum security jail and finds itself under siege by violent gangs. A previous war hero named Snake Plissken(Kurt Russell) gone rebel must effect a daring recapture and bring up the President in twenty four hours but an interior device(installed by Lee Van Cleef and Tom Atkins)blowing up him.Snake must to recovery him and facing off villains like the Duke(Isaac Hayes: Shaft's musician).He's only helped by a sympathetic cab-man(Ernest Borgnine:Dirty dozen),an action women(Adrienne Barbeau and Season Hubley,at the time Kurt Russell's wife) and a veteran(Harry Dean Stanton:Paris,Texas).

The film is a comic book plenty of action,fun,adventures,thriller and susprise-filled entertainment.Magnificent plethora of characters with exceptional performances by its entire cast.Kurt Russell as tough and valiant renegade is terrific.Lee Van Cleef was hired by Carpenter and Debra Hill(the producer) for their admiration on spaghetti Western's heroes roles.Adrienne Barbeau (at the time Carpenter's wife)is gorgeous,her role(such as in The Fog)were written specifically with her in mind.The picture contains an imaginative and memorable production design by Joe Alves(Jaws).Colorful cinematography by Dean Cundey.John Carpenter also made the eerie and atmospheric music score such as he did in Halloween.The movie likely satisfy action enthusiastic and Kurt Russell fans .It's followed by an inferior sequel by the same actor and director : ¨Escape from L.A.¨. Rating :Better than average,good and enjoyable.


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