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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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John Carpenter

Writers:

John Carpenter (characters), Nick Castle (characters) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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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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Snake Is Back. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Carpenter's Escape from L.A. See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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:

$42,277,365, 31 December 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During the hijacking, Utopia is wearing a big pin on her suit that says "True Love Waits", according to the virginity pledge of the TLW program. See more »

Goofs

A gun cannot simply be converted to fire blanks by swapping out a magazine of live rounds with one loaded with blanks; the gun will not cycle. It would require a military blank adapter (which would be very noticeable to Snake) or extensive modifications to the internal mechanisms that would make firing live rounds destroy the gun. Also, firing blanks from an unplugged barrel at such close range is still dangerous, and would cause serious harm or even death to his intended victims. See more »

Quotes

[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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Featured in David Walliams' Awfully Good: Awfully Good Movies (2011) See more »

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Written and Performed by Dick Dale
Courtesy of Hightone Records
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Misinterpreted and underrated
7 July 2004 | by megavengancemanSee all my reviews

Now "Escape from New York" is a darker, grim action thriller that suits the environment where the story takes place. When one thinks of New York, you think of a dark, seedy, big, bad city. This is not what comes to mind when one thinks of L.A. You would think sunny, plastic and strangely creepy. Hence the change in tone with this looser, tongue in cheek near self-parody. Now the reason why I say the film still works is Snake Plissken. The only character who is played completely straight against the stable of B-movie cliches and skewed Hollywood stereotypes. Maybe in a few years this film will gain the respect it deserves. Still, although I reasonably enjoyed the picture (especially a few choice cuts like the "Bangkok rules" scene) I must admit I liked the first one better too.


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