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Escape from New York (1981)

Escape from New York
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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

6 months, 1 week 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

"the names Snake"

6 years, 5 months ago at Oct 29 4:22
4 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

Too lacking in action for an action film

4 years, 5 months ago at Oct 26 14:35
4 votes
Snake Plissken probably made more kids come in the 80s than Pamela Anderson did in the 90s. Regardless, I never saw this film depicting his mission to retrieve the president of the US out of a barren prison, AKA New York. Finally someone requested me to review this film and I had to watch it. I didn't mind much, seeing as how I liked Carpenter's work overall (Cigarette Burns and Halloween especial... 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), Dystopia (14), Crime (14), New York (12), Usa (10), John Carpenter (9), Thriller (9), Cyberpunk (9), Landmine (8), Manhattan (7), Crime Boss (7), Tattoo (7), Rooftop (6), Airplane Accident (6), Straight Razor (6), Severed Finger (6)
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" It's the year 1997 (well, actually, it's 1981, the year that this movie was released....but the plot for this flick takes place in the future, in 1997.... which at the time of this writing, is actually the past...) and the city of New York has been converted into a giant prison, because in the not-so-distance future (which, at the time you're reading is the past...) crime has become an epidemic of national proportions. And if that wasn't bad enough for the people living in 1997 (again, their f"


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"It's the year 1997 (well, actually, it's 1981, the year that this movie was released....but the plot for this flick takes place in the future, in 1997.... which at the time of this writing, is actually the past...) and the city of New York has been converted into a giant prison, because in the not-so-distance future (which, at the time you're reading is the past...) crime has become an epidemic of national proportions. And if that wasn't bad enough for the people living in 1997 (again, their fut"


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" Finally watching something from before my time this month. Something I have been planning to watch for several years and just never got around to it. John Carpenter is awesome. It has a few great cast choices including Kurt Russell, Donald Pleasance, Jamie Lee Curtis, Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins, Ernest Borgnine, and Isaac Hayes. It is a pretty cheesy and definitely shows it's age. It is still enjoyable and interesting to watch. The music score is definitely classic of John Carpenter's movies"


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B-movie with brains, style and attitude

“"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 cinematic craftsman. Added to this, Escape from New York is built on a solid foundation of intelligence and innovation, with the screenplay by Carpenter and Nick Castle (which was initially penned in 1974) containing social commentary and reflecting society's anxieties of the period. It's one of Carpenter's timeless gems - while not on the same level as Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween or The Thing, i” read more

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