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Escape From New York (1981)
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Escape From New York (1981) The year is 1997. New york City has been turned into a maximum security prison colony, when the American crime rates grows high. New york City is surrounded by a wall and the bridge is mined making sure no convict escapes from New york. Snake Plissken, a one-eyed former soldier turned bank robber arrives at New york after being sentenced to life imprisonment in New york City. Bob Hauk, police commissioner who runs the New york penal colony gives Snake a job for his freedom. Snake is sent into New york to find and rescue the President of the United States who is trapped in New york, when a terrorist hijacked Air Force One and crashed it in New york. Not only Snake must rescue the President, he must also retrieve a cassette containing vital information in the President's possession. Hauk has Snake implanted with a bomb which is programmed to detonate in 22 hours, which will kill Snake if he fails the mission, and Hauk will have the bomb disarmed if Snake succeeds. Entering New york and 22 hours before the bomb kills him, Snake sets out to rescue the President who is being held hostage by a ruthless warlord known as The Duke of New york. Can Snake rescue the President and retrieve the cassette before the 22 hours are up? and will Snake Escape from New york?

Movie Tagline:
The world's greatest leader is a hostage in the most dangerous place on Earth. Now only the deadliest man alive can save him.

Also Known As:
John Carpenter's Escape from New York

Title: Escape From New York
Release Date: July 10, 1981
Runtime: 99 mins
Genre: Action
All Genres: Action, Adventure, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Languages: English
Country: UK, USA
Colors: Color
Sound: Dolby
IMDB Rating: 7.1
Buried.com Rating: 8.1 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With E

MPAA Rating: R

John Carpenter

Kurt Russell ...Snake Plissken
Lee Van Cleef ...Hauk
Ernest Borgnine ...Cabbie
Donald Pleasence ...President
Isaac Hayes ...The Duke
Season Hubley ...Girl in Chock Full O'Nuts
Harry Dean Stanton ...Brain
Adrienne Barbeau ...Maggie
Tom Atkins ...Rehme
Charles Cyphers ...Secretary of State
Joe Unger ...Taylor (scenes deleted)
Frank Doubleday ...Romero
John Strobel ...Cronenberg
John Cothran Jr. ...Gypsy #1
Garrett Bergfeld ...Gypsy #2
Richard Cosentino ...Gypsy Guard
Robert John Metcalf ...Gypsy #3
Joel Bennett ...Gypsy #4
Vic Bullock ...First Indian
Clem Fox ...Second Indian
Tobar Mayo ...Third Indian
Nancy Stephens ...Stewardess
Steven M. Gagnon ...Secret Service #1
Steven Ford ...Secret Service #2
Michael Taylor ...Secret Service #3
Lonnie Wun ...Red Bandana Gypsy
Dale E. House ...Helicopter Pilot #1
David R. Patrick ...Helicopter Pilot #2
Bob Minor ...Duty Sergeant
Wally Taylor ...Controller

» [more cast members]

Barry Bernardi
Larry J. Franco
Debra Hill

John Carpenter
Nick Castle

John Carpenter
Alan Howarth

Escape From New York Horror Film Trailer 1
Escape From New York Horror Film Trailer 2

Movie Soundtrack(s):
"Bandstand Boogie"
"Everyone's Going to New York"

More Movie Taglines:
  • The world's greatest leader is a hostage in the most dangerous place on Earth. Now only the deadliest man alive can save him.
  • 1997. New York City is now a maximum security prison. Breaking out is impossible. Breaking in is insane.
  • New York City has Become the Only Maximum Security Prison for the Entire Country. Once You go In, You don't Come Out... Until Today.
Movie Quote(s):
  • Bob Hauk: You go in, find the President, bring him out in less than 24 hours, and you're a free man. Snake Plissken: Bullshit! Bob Hauk: I'm making you an offer. Snake Plissken: Get a new president. Bob Hauk: Is that your answer? Snake Plissken: I'm thinking about it. Bob Hauk: Think hard. We're still at war. We need him alive. Snake Plissken: I don't give a fuck about your war... or your president.
  • President: God save me, and watch over you all.
  • Bob Hauk: I'm not a fool, Plissken! Snake Plissken: Call me "Snake."
  • Hauk: Plissken? Plissken, what are you doing? Snake Plissken: Playing with myself! I'm going in.
  • Bob Hauk: Remember, once you're inside you're on your own. Snake Plissken: Oh, you mean I can't count on you? Bob Hauk: No. Snake Plissken: Good!
Movie Trivia:
  • The studio wanted Tommy Lee Jones for the role of Snake Plissken. They didn't think Kurt Russell was right for the role because of his prior work.
  • The wire-frame computer graphics on the display screens in the glider were not actually computer graphics. (Computers capable of 3D wire-frame imaging were way too expensive when this was made.) To generate the "wire-frame" images, they built a model of the city, painted it black, attached bright white tape to the model buildings in an orderly grid, and moved a camera through the model city!
  • A scene in the beginning of the film where Snake and another criminal are robbing a high-security bank, which leads to his arrest and sentence to New York, was in the original script but was cut from the film before release.
  • The name "Snake Plissken" was changed to "Hyena" for the Italian release.
  • The name Snake Plissken was changed to "Cobra" Plissken in the Korean video version.
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