Escape From New York

Directed By: John Carpenter Starring: Lee Van Cleef Kurt Russell

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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.


Studio MGM
SKU 40143399
UPC 027616854773
UPC 14 00027616854773
Format DVD
Release Date 5/6/2014
Rating Rating
Big City
Cult Film
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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
Quote "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
Quote "Snake Plissken? I thought you were dead."--practically every character to Snake Plissken
Quote "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
Premiere "...Looks better and better as time passes..." - Recommended 09/01/1994 p.116,3.5 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
Variety "...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
Uncut 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
John Carpenter
Lee Van Cleef
Kurt Russell
Cast & Crew
Adrienne Barbeau - Actor
Donald Pleasence - Actor
Ernest Borgnine - Actor
Harry Dean Stanton - Actor
Isaac Hayes - Actor
Kurt Russell - Actor
Lee Van Cleef - Actor
Season Hubley - Actor
Jim Lucas - Cinematographer
Dean Cudney - Cinematographer
John Carpenter - Director
John Carpenter - Musical Score
Larry Franco - Performer
Debra Hill - Producer
Nick Castle - Writer
John Carpenter - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1981
Catalog ID 1001186
UPC 00027616854773
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 99 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
ReviewSource Reel Views
Review 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...
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, Theatrical Version, Trailers
Product Attributes
Actor Russell,Kurt
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Newsweek Dark and dangerous!

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