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Escape from New York (1981)

Escape from New York
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(774 ratings)
7.2 IMDB rating

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Kurt Russell

Kurt Russell

Snake Plissken
Donald Pleasence

Donald Pleasence

President
Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes

The Duke
Season Hubley

Season Hubley

Girl in Chock Full O'Nuts


Written by
John Carpenter

John Carpenter

(written by) and
Nick Castle

Nick Castle

(written by)


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B-movie with brains, style and attitude

9 months, 3 weeks ago at Oct 12 16:08
4 votes
"I don't give a fuck about your war... or your president."

With its restrained direction and deliberate pacing, 1981's Escape from New York may be a tough sell to contemporary viewers accustomed to fast-moving, exciting action flicks. However, it's hard to express just how badass and enthrallingly atmospheric this movie truly is, which is a credit to John Carpenter's abilities as a ... read more

A good movie

2 months ago at Jun 2 14:31
2 votes
There was a time when John Carpenter was rolling one classic after another and, with this in mind, I was really eager to check this flick. Honestly, I was expecting a lot from this flick as it looked really awesome and even apparently, Kurt Russell himself has stated that this is his favorite of all his films and Snake Plissken is his favorite of his characters. Eventually, I thought it was indeed... read more

"the names Snake"

6 years, 9 months ago at Oct 29 4:22
2 votes
"the names Snake" thats the line that made Kurt Russell famous (in my opinon) but, also inspired the role for which Kurt Russell played in Quentin Tarrantino's "Death Proof".The movie stars Kurt Russell as a Hero of of war who lost in an eye in battle. But, is later brought in for committing a crime or two. But, when air force one goes down in New york City. which is now a prison for "crazies' and... read more
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In 1997, when the US President crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in for a rescue.
Release date: 10 July 1981
UPC: 027616854773
Action (27), Sci-fi (22), 1981 (21), 1980s (16), Prison (15), Crime (14), Dystopia (14), New York (12), Usa (10), Cyberpunk (9), Thriller (9), John Carpenter (9), Landmine (8), Crime Boss (7), Tattoo (7), Manhattan (7), Severed Finger (6), Straight Razor (6), Rooftop (6), Airplane Accident (6)
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"Sequel: Escape From LA (1996) Escape From New York (1981) / Escape From LA (1996) How Many Years Between Sequels: A nice, even 15 years. Do They Acknowledge The Gap? They do - whereas the first film was set in the future 1997, the sequel takes place mostly in the 'future' 2013 (Gosh, time flies). In a Los Angeles savaged and separated from the US by an earthquake, Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is again called upon to save the day, this time tracking down a doomsday device in LA."


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"Reason for the future sucking: Apparently, New York City, has become a really big Super Alcatraz, and the President has been kidnapped. Keep in mind, it was made in 1981, so not unlike the 50's they imagined robots in every house, cities on the moon, and people living in outer space, New York City was imagined to become Super Prison City. Year it takes place: 1997"


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“There was a time when John Carpenter was rolling one classic after another and, with this in mind, I was really eager to check this flick. Honestly, I”

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“There was a time when John Carpenter was rolling one classic after another and, with this in mind, I was really eager to check this flick. Honestly, I”

johanlefourbe posted a review 2 months ago

A good movie

“There was a time when John Carpenter was rolling one classic after another and, with this in mind, I was really eager to check this flick. Honestly, I was expecting a lot from this flick as it looked really awesome and even apparently, Kurt Russell himself has stated that this is his favorite of all his films and Snake Plissken is his favorite of his characters. Eventually, I thought it was indeed pretty entertaining with a nice vibe and, indeed, Kurt Russell was really bad-ass. Furthermore, even though the budget ($7 million) was the largest that John Carpenter had received so far, it still had a B feature quality like most of his work and maybe that’s why I didn’t really love it. I mean, I thought it was pretty cool and fairly entertaining but, somehow, the story was not really amazi” read more

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