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Director: John Carpenter     Starring: Lee Van Cleef Kurt Russell
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40143399
UPC: 027616854773
UPC 14: 00027616854773
Rating: Game Rating Code
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1997. New York City is now a maximum security prison. Breaking out is impossible. Breaking in is insane.
A war hero turned outlaw is catapulted into an explosive adventure in which he must rescue the U.S. President from a brutal island prison in this high-octane thriller.

"Dark and dangerous!  Newsweek

Editor's Note
Another John Carpenter cult classic, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK was one of the best entries in the once popular post-apocalyptic genre which included ROAD WARRIOR and THE TERMINATOR. In 1997, the island of Manhattan has been turned into the world's largest maximum security prison, a place where the worst of humanity is sent to rot. The U.S. Government finds itself in a major crisis when the president's plane crash lands in New York only days before a vital peace summit between major warring nations is to take place. The president survives the crash, but is taken hostage by the denizens of Manhattan and held for ransom. Only war hero turned felon Snake Plissken can save the day, and he is offered a simple deal for his work: save the president and live, fail to save him and die. The one-eyed bandit sets to work, cutting a path of destruction to the president that has to be seen to be believed. Kurt Russell creates the indelible character of Snake Plissken as no other actor could have. Wisecracking and cool under the very worst of pressures, Snake is the ultimate bad good guy. Often copied, but never duplicated, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK is full of the wit, energy and action that marks a John Carpenter picture.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Theatrical Version, Trailers

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: MGM
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/6/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 99 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1981
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1001186
Video UPC UPC: 00027616854773
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Adrienne Barbeau
Video Cast Info Donald Pleasence
Video Cast Info Ernest Borgnine
Video Cast Info Harry Dean Stanton
Video Cast Info Isaac Hayes
Video Cast Info Kurt Russell
Video Cast Info Lee Van Cleef
Video Cast Info Season Hubley
Video Cast Info Jim Lucas - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Dean Cudney - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info John Carpenter - Director
Video Cast Info John Carpenter - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Larry Franco - Performer
Video Cast Info Debra Hill - Producer
Video Cast Info Nick Castle - Writer
Video Cast Info John Carpenter - Writer
Plot Summary
In the year 1997, a decayed New York City has become a maximum security prison that houses thousands of hardened criminals. It is in this urban hellhole that the president's plane has crashed, and he has been taken hostage by some of the prison's most vicious convicts. Snake Plissken, a one-eyed, decorated war hero turned felon, is given the option of rescuing the president in exchange for a reduced prison sentence. However, he has only 24 hours to complete his assignment...

Memorable Quotes

"I'm not a fool, Plissken!"----Hauk (Lee Van Cleef) to Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell)|"Call me Snake."----Snake Plissken to Hauk | |"We'd make one hell of a team, Snake."----Hauk to Snake Plissken, later in the film|"The name's Plissken."----Snake Plissken to Hauk

"Snake Plissken? I thought you were dead."----practically every character to Snake Plissken

"You are the Duke! A--number one!"----the U.S. president (Donald Pleasence) to the Duke of New York (Isaac Hayes), as he pumps him full of lead

Professional Reviews

"...Looks better and better as time passes..." - Recommended 09/01/1994 p.116

"...A solidly satisfying actioner....[A] proper urgent mood..." 06/17/1981

New York Times
"...Brutal, very fine-looking....Carpenter's most ambitous, most riveting film to date..." 07/10/1981 p.C6

Total Film
"...ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK featured a supporting cast of cult appeal and successfully launched Kurt Russell as a rugged action hero..." 07/01/2000 p.108

Sight and Sound
"The premise, characters and theme all resonate..." 01/01/2006 p.89

Ranked #7 in Uncut's Best DVDs Of 2005 -- "John Carpenter's dystopian, kick-ass, junk-punk flick of 1977..." 01/01/2006 p.84-85

3.5 stars out of 4 -- "One of the coolest and most exciting action/sci-fi flicks ever made. John Carpenter was in a zone..." 08/10/2010

Reel Views 7 of 10 of the most ingenious premises of any film released during the 1980s... Kurt Russell is delightful as Snake... [he] makes a better-than-average action hero... - James Berardinelli

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Russell,Kurt
Product attributeLabel:   Mgm Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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