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 worlds 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 presidents 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 mark a John Carpenter picture.
Return to Escape from New York, Three Trailers, John Carpenter Interview, Snake's Crime, Commentary with John Carpenter and Kurt Russell
Release Date: 04 August 2008
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Running Time: 95 minutes
Production Year: 1981
Main Language: English
Russel in his element
A pessimistic view of the future in 1981 (and who can blame them?) It's set too early (1997) but they could be on the right track in a little while. Not for deep thinkers but enjoyable thrills to keep you glued.