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Escape from New York ()


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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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Snake Plissken
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Hauk
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Cabbie
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President
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The Duke
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Girl in Chock Full O'Nuts
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Brain
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Maggie
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Rehme
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Secretary of State
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Taylor (scenesDeleted)
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Romero
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Cronenberg
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Gypsy #1 (as John Cothran Jr.)
Garrett Bergfeld ...
Gypsy #2
Richard Cosentino ...
Gypsy Guard
Robert John Metcalf ...
Gypsy #3
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Gypsy #4
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First Indian (as Vic Bullock)
Clem Fox ...
Second Indian
Tobar Mayo ...
Third Indian
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Stewardess
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Secret Service #1 (as Steven Gagon)
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Secret Service #2
Michael Taylor ...
Secret Service #3
Lonnie Wun ...
Red Bandana Gypsy
Dale E. House ...
Helicopter Pilot #1 (as Dale House)
David R. Patrick ...
Helicopter Pilot #2
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Duty Sergeant
Wally Taylor ...
Controller
James O'Hagen ...
Computer Operator
James Emery ...
Trooper
Tom Lillard ...
Police Sergeant
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Theater Manager
Tony Papenfuss ...
Theater Assistant
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Punk
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Bum
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Drunk (as Buck Flower)
Clay Wright ...
Helicopter Pilot #3
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Helicopter Pilot #4
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Slag
Lowmoan Spectacular ...
Dancer
Ronald E. House ...
Dancer
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Dancer
Joseph A. Perrotti ...
Dancer
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Dancer (as Roger Bumpass)
Ron Vernan ...
Dancer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carla Barnett ...
Gypsy (uncredited)
Kathleen Blanchard ...
Narrator - Opening scenes (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
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Secret Service #2 / Helicopter Pilot / Violin Player (uncredited) (voice)
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Pianist (uncredited)
John Contini ...
Eye-Patch Prisoner (uncredited)
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Narrator / Computer (uncredited) (voice)
Linda Daniels ...
Sewer Orphan (uncredited)
Mark Groseclose ...
Crazy (uncredited)
David E. Harshbarger ...
Soldier / Bum in Theater (uncredited)
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Computer (uncredited) (voice)
Jeff Sillifant ...
Crazy / Food Drop Prisoner (uncredited)
Mark Stern ...
Guy in Chock Full O'Nuts (uncredited)
Kelli Thompson ...
Native American Woman (uncredited)
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Ringside Prisoner (uncredited)
Barron Winchester ...
Sewer Dweller (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Carpenter

Written by

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John Carpenter ... (written by) and
Nick Castle ... (written by)

Produced by

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Barry Bernardi ... associate producer
Jake Eberts ... executive producer (uncredited)
Larry Franco ... producer
Debra Hill ... producer

Music by

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John Carpenter
Alan Howarth

Cinematography by

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Dean Cundey

Film Editing by

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Todd C. Ramsay ... (as Todd Ramsay)

Editorial Department

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Dean Beville ... assistant to assistant film editor
Sheri Eisenberg ... theatrical & HDR mastering colorist
Barbara Gandolfo-Frady ... apprentice editor (as Barbara Ann Gandolfo)
Randy D. Thornton ... assistant film editor

Production Design by

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Joe Alves

Set Decoration by

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Cloudia Rebar ... (as C L O U D I A)

Costume Design by

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Stephen Loomis ... (as Steven Loomis)

Makeup Department

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Frankie Bergman ... hair stylist
Ken Chase ... makeup artist supervisor
Benjamin Douglas ... makeup artist (as Ben Douglas)

Production Management

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Alan Levine ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jeffrey Chernov ... second assistant director
Larry Franco ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Eugene Booth ... assistant property master (as Gene Booth)
Lee B. Drygas ... swing gang (as Lee Drygas)
Joseph C. Fama ... propmaker (as Joe Fama)
Arthur Gelb ... graphic designer
Serge Genitempo ... stand-by painter
Chris Horner ... assistant art director
Mike May ... property master
Art Molen ... propmaker foreman
Andrew 'Sandy' Overholtzer ... propmaker foreman (as Andrew Earl Overholtzer)
Marvin Salsberg ... construction foreman (as Marv Salsberg)
Wayne Smith ... paint foreman
Don Sutton ... leadman
Ward Welton ... paint supervisor
Frank White ... laborer
Ed Zingel ... painter
Sol Aquino ... carpenter (uncredited)
Michael W. Moore ... prop maker (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Joseph F. Brennan ... boom operator (as Joe Brennan)
Thomas Causey ... sound mixer (as Tommy Causey)
Carl Fischer ... boom operator
Warren Hamilton Jr. ... sound editor (as Warren Hamilton)
Alan Howarth ... special synthesizer sound
Gregg Landaker ... rerecording mixer
Steve Maslow ... rerecording mixer
John Mosley ... stereo recordist
David Ritscher ... assistant sound editor (as David Ritcher)
Bill Varney ... rerecording mixer
David Lewis Yewdall ... sound editor (as David Yewdall)
Nicholas James ... foley editor (uncredited)
Mark A. Mangini ... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Steve Rice ... dialogue editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Roy Arbogast ... special effects supervisor
Pat Patterson ... special effects
Eddie Surkin ... special effects
Gary Zink ... special effects
Brian Bevis ... special effects crew (uncredited)
Kevin Pike ... special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Steve Caldwell ... camera assistant: special visual effects
James Cameron ... director of photography: special visual effects (as Jim Cameron) / matte artwork (as Jim Cameron)
Tom Campbell ... engineer: special visual effects
Brian Chin ... miniature construction
George D. Dodge ... director of photography: special visual effects (as George Dodge)
Steven Elliott ... Elicon camera operator (as Steve Elliot) / rotoscope (as Steve Elliot)
Mary Ann Fisher ... producer/liaison: special visual effects
Randall Frakes ... camera assistant: special visual effects (as Randy Frakes)
Julia Gibson ... Elicon camera operator
Jena Holman ... matte artwork
Ken Jones ... Elicon camera operator (as Dr. Ken Jones)
R.J. Kizer ... project supervisor: special visual effects
Aaron Lipstadt ... associate producer: special visual effects
Austin McKinney ... director of photography: special visual effects
Sara Nelson ... production accountant: special visual effects
Tony Randel ... lab liaison: special visual effects (as Anthony Randel)
Dennis Skotak ... director of photography: special visual effects
Robert Skotak ... matte artwork (as Bob Skotak) / visual effects supervisor
Charles Skouras III ... production manager: special visual effects
Dan Smith ... rotoscope
Robin Thomas ... production secretary: special visual effects
Gary Wagner ... gaffer: special visual effects
John C. Wash ... graphic displays (as John Wash)
William L. Arance ... visual effects (uncredited)
Whitney Scott Bain ... visual effects production assistant (uncredited)
Stephen Barncard ... motion control designer (uncredited)
Mark Stetson ... model maker (uncredited)
Hoyt Yeatman ... motion control photographer (uncredited)

Stunts

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Buff Brady ... stunts
Tony Brubaker ... stunts
Roydon Clark ... stunts
Glory Fioramonti ... stunts
Sandra Lee Gimpel ... stunts (as Sandy Gimpel)
Bill Hart ... stunts
Kent Hays ... stunts
Eddie Hice ... stunts
Loren Janes ... stunts
Mike Johnson ... stunts
Mags Kavanaugh ... Stunt double: Season Hubley
William T. Lane ... stunts (as Bill Lane)
Fred Lerner ... stunts
Mike H. McGaughy ... stunts (as Mike McGaughy)
Bob Minor ... stunts
John Moio ... stunts (as John A. Moio)
Harvey Parry ... stunts
George Sawaya ... stunts
Jack Tyree ... stunts
Jack Verbois ... stunts
Dick Warlock ... stunt coordinator / stunts
Jesse Wayne ... stunt double (stunt double: Donald Pleasence) / stunts
Ted White ... stunts
George P. Wilbur ... stunts (as George Wilbur)
James Winburn ... stunts (as Jim Winburn)
Dick Warlock ... stunt double: Kurt Russell (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Leo Behar ... grip
Clyde E. Bryan ... first assistant camera (as Clyde Bryan)
Scott Buttfield ... electrician
Jim Coe ... still photographer
Jack Lee Gary ... assistant camera: second unit (as Jack Gary)
Kim Gottlieb ... still photographer
Douglas Knapp ... camera operator: second unit (as Doug Knapp)
Jim Lucas ... director of photography: second unit
Drain M. Marshall ... rigging gaffer (as Drain Marshall)
Terry Marshall ... electrician
Thomas Marshall ... best boy electrician (as Tom Marshall)
Steve Mathis ... flicker box technician
George Mooradian ... assistant camera: second unit
Douglas Olivares ... second assistant camera
Seymour Owens ... second grip
Frank Palmer ... key grip
Frank Ruttencutter ... camera operator: second unit
Tommy Sands ... dolly grip
Raymond Stella ... camera operator (as Ray Stella)
Steve Tate ... second assistant camera
Mark Walthour ... gaffer
Curtis Foster ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Pegi Brotman ... casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Katrina Bronson ... costumer: women
Mel Sawicki ... costumer: men

Location Management

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Barry Bernardi ... location manager
Frank Capra III ... assistant location manager
Ron Littrell ... location contact
Terry Murphy ... location contact

Music Department

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John Carpenter ... music performer
Alan Howarth ... music performer / musician: special synthesizer sound
Bruce Botnick ... scoring mixer (uncredited)
Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Sandy DeCrescent ... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
George Doering ... musician (uncredited)
Robert Fernandez ... scoring mixer (uncredited)
Kenneth Hall ... music editor (uncredited)
Dennis S. Sands ... scoring recordist (uncredited)
Steve Schaeffer ... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Steven L. Smith ... music preparation (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Ian Underwood ... musician: synthesizer (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Louise Jaffe ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Joe Benet ... driver
Bobby Benton ... driver
Rodney Berg ... driver (as Rod Berg)
Steve Boyd ... driver
John Brumby ... creative mobile technician
Michael Connolly ... driver (as Mike Connolly)
William Charles Hauer ... driver (as Chuck Hauer)
Dick Lee ... driver
Wayne Roberts ... driver
Mario Simon ... driver
Tom F. Thomas ... transportation captain (as Tom Thomas)
Eddie Lee Voelker ... transportation coordinator
Wayne Williams ... driver
Ed Wirth ... driver (as Eddie Worth)
Tom Briggs ... set driver (uncredited)

Additional Crew

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Juan Betancourt ... meals
Donald P. Borchers ... avco nominee (as Don Borchers)
Pegi Brotman ... assistant: producers
John F. Buckley ... accountant (as Jack Buckley)
Louis Chirco ... craft service (as Louie Chirco)
Maurice Costello ... nurse
Chip Fowler ... production office coordinator
Matt Franco ... assistant: the assistants
Bert Jetter ... meals
David R. Lawson ... medic
Sarah Preece ... office production assistant
Geoffrey Ryan ... production assistant (as Geoff Ryan)
Syd Stembridge ... weapons advisor
Kelli Thompson ... unit publicist (as Kelli Garris)
David DeCoteau ... production assistant (uncredited)
John L. Hammontree ... militia coordinator (uncredited)
Howard R. Schuster ... financing (uncredited)
Barron Winchester ... stand-in: Mr. Pleasance (uncredited)

Thanks

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Walter Abell ... special thanks
David Cronenberg ... special thanks
Dennis Foley ... special thanks (as Lt. Col. Dennis R. Foley)
George A. Romero ... special thanks
Don Taylor ... special thanks

Production Companies

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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}

Plot Keywords
Taglines The world's greatest leader is a hostage in the most dangerous place on Earth. Now only the deadliest man alive can save him. See more »
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Also Known As
  • John Carpenter's Escape from New York (United States)
  • Escape from New York City (United States)
  • New York 1997 (India, English title)
  • New York 1997 (Japan, English title)
  • New York 1997 (France)
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Runtime
  • 99 min
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Box Office

Budget $6,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $4,162,000, 12 Jul 1981
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $50,000,000

Did You Know?

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Trivia Kurt Russell has stated that this is his favorite of all his films, and Snake Plissken is his favorite of his characters. See more »
Goofs During the sequence where Snake is being chased by the Crazies (and is about to shoot an oval pattern in a wall so he can break through), his eye patch shifts enough to reveal a perfectly good eye. This is commonly regarded as a mistake, but it is not; the novelization of the movie explains that Snake still has his left eye, but he wears the patch due to a paralyzed iris, making it extremely sensitive to light. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Needle (1988). See more »
Soundtracks Bandstand Boogie See more »
Crazy Credits The Avco Embassy logo does not appear in this movie. See more »
Quotes Bob Hauk: You going to kill me, Snake?
Snake Plissken: Not now, I'm too tired.
[pause]
Snake Plissken: Maybe later.
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