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

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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

When Snake first encounters Cuervo in his limousine, his head tracks at three times the speed of Cuervo's car. 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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Can't Even Breathe
Written and Performed by Deftones
Produced by George Drakoulias
Mixed by Sylvia Massy
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A worthy entry in Carpenter's career.
3 March 2000 | by themorfsSee all my reviews

Like Escape from New York, Escape from LA is not to be taken seriously. Instead it is a social commentary on the politically correct attitude that society seems to have adopted. Escape From New York poked fun at the establishment as it was in the early eighties, as does Escape From LA with the politically correct nineties. I mean the whole film laughs at what western society has become. Looked at this way the movie is amusingly good, if taken seriously the film is seen as slow and misguided. Carpenter never meant the character of Snake Plisken to be seen as Rambo, he is a combination of cliched characters from other action films, all be it with some extra bite. Kurt Russell's performance in both films is spot on, and worth the price of a rental alone. The only thing lacking in EFLA is for some reason at least 1/3 of the visual effects seem poorly executed. I put this down to the fact that the movie had an enormous scale, and unlike movies such as Lost In Space there were budget restrictions. All in all a good movie. 6.5/10.


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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

Gross USA:

$25,477,365

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,477,365
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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