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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

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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 »


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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

Kurt Russell trained with famed martial arts trainer Thomas Jeffery to prepare for the role. Russell credits his signature kick he used in the Escape movies to Jeffery. See more »

Goofs

When Snake is held captive by the Surgeon of Beverly Hills and Taslina is explaining what their captors are, there is an extra with an extremely slack jaw. You can see the actors real lower teeth and lips through the prosthetic mouth. 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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Referenced in Pussyman's Escape from L.A. (1997) See more »

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Bitterly disappointing sequel/remake of an 1980s trash classic.
10 April 2004 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Back in the mid-90s when I first heard that John Carpenter was planning a sequel to 'Escape From New York', my initial reaction was "Why?". I'm a big fan of Carpenter's early movies from 'Dark Star' to 'The Thing', but by the 1990s it was obvious he'd lost his vision and the idea just seemed like a cynical money making exercise. I was bitterly disappointed by the movie when I first watched it and subsequent viewings haven't made me enjoy it more. I don't know why the movie turned out so bad. Was it the big (for Carpenter) budget? Did Kurt Russell having a hand in the script and the production having anything to do with it? I really don't know. The movie is as much a remake as a sequel to the original. Once again Snake Plissken is forced to go on a mission to save the Government's ass, only (as the title makes clear) it's a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles this time instead of New York. Russell isn't half as much fun this time around, in fact NOTHING about the movie is half as much fun this time around. The only thing I can say for it is that Carpenter has assembled a supporting cast that is a movie buff's wet dream - Stacy Keach, Cliff Robertson, Steve Buscemi, Peter Fonda, and blaxploitation legend Pam Grier to name a few. Even Bruce "Ash" Campbell pops up in an unrecognizable cameo. But sadly few of them are given anything memorable to do or say, and around the half way point I always have to fight the urge to hit the fast forward button on my remote. My advice is skip this one and watch 'Escape From New York' again. At least you know you'll enjoy yourself.


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