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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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The man with the patch has escaped N.Y., try L.A. in the apocalypse See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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, 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

The car Eddie is cruising around in is a 1959 Cadillac Series 62, in production from 1940 to 1964. See more »

Goofs

When Snake approaches the Happy Kingdom amusement park on the hang glider (with the others) the sun is just coming up. Half an hour later (in the story), when Snake makes it off LA, it is dead of night. See more »

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[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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"Sounds familiar."
5 August 2009 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

That sums up one of the most undeniable aspects about this flick: It is enormously reminiscent of the first. Whether or not that's a negative thing is up to the individual. It still holds great surprises, and is definitely a fun ride. There is more satire in this than the first. The tone of this is often overdone and campy, in stark contrast to how serious that of "New York" was, and there are those that will miss that. This is humorous, if a few gags and jokes fall flat. Everyone but Russell(who nails the part again) is newly cast, and the choices are all fitting. This has some rather memorable occurrences(a couple of them for sheer weirdness and imagination), and certainly puts several breathtaking visuals up on the screen. The effects vary, though there are excellent ones herein. Dialog has quotable lines, and is well-delivered. The music is cool. Cinematography and editing are marvelous. The acting holds good performances. While it does bear a striking resemblance to that of the original movie, the script of this is interesting, creative and well-done. It has a nice pace, and you gotta admit that it's packed with action. Each sequence is exciting and intense, and differs from the rest in some way. There is strong violence and language in this, as well as disturbing content. This is bigger than the '81 film. Unfortunately, it also cost a larger amount of money, and only made about half back. It's too bad that Carpenter's work has a tendency to not be appreciated by the masses(only the fans and/or cult following) when it is initially released. I recommend this to anyone who wishes to watch it, the two aforementioned groups in particular. 6/10


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