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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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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 »


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

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9 August 1996 (USA)  »

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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:

$16,800,000
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the only sequel John Carpenter ever directed. Although he co-wrote Halloween II (1981) with frequent collaborator Debra Hill, he turned down the chance to direct it, citing it as just being "more of the same." Oddly enough, when this movie was originally released, it was criticized for being too similar to it's predecessor, Escape from New York (1981). See more »

Goofs

When Snake is making his escape from Anaheim in the chopper, you can see the shadow of the wing-rotor blades under the body of the helicopter from a light source below it. 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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Written and Performed by Dick Dale
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That's how we should speak about freedom of creation
8 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

Snake is back, and they shouldn't have tried to f*** with him. This movie is one of the best sci-fi movies these years, because first it's not serious at all, we see that John Carpenter is one of the most creative directors in the world in general and in USA in particular, that's why this movie didn't work, he doesn't have limits to his purpose, to the characters, he dose what he wants, and that's why he's not appreciated as he ought to be. That's also why he's appreciated here in France, we appreciated the character, Snake Plissken, very independent, not like those fake heroes as in ID4 or "Armageddon", Snake Plissken is a kind of anarchist, nobody can make him do what he doesn't want to except if his life depends on it. He's called to save the world, he says f*** off. The end of the movie is one of the best ends of a movie in these last years. The cast is really good, with of course Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi and Pam Grier (wow!) in a different role than "Jackie Brown" but the end is why I loved this movie, I didn't know that there were still free men as Carpenter in art creation in the USA.


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