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Story

In the future, crime is out of control and New York City is a maximum security prison. Grabbing a bargaining chip right out of the air, convicts bring down the President's plane in bad old Gotham. Gruff Snake Plissken, a one-eyed warrior new to prison life, is coerced into bringing the President, and his cargo, out of this land of undesirables. Kurt Russell put his Disney days behind him as the nicest bad guy in the picture. All comic-book sensibilities and macho posturing, this is one of writer-director John Carpenter's better brainless escapes. There are snappy one-liners and explosive action scenes. However, the film lacks tension and some believability even within the realm of SF fantasy. Even when it fails to gel, though, it always manages to amuse, thanks in great part to a varied and unusual supporting cast (watch for Ernest Borgnine as a cabdriver). Followed in 1996 by Carpenter's overdone and campy Escape from L.A. --Rochelle O'Gorman

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Kurt RussellSnake Plissken
Lee Van CleefHauk
Ernest BorgnineCabbie
Donald PleasencePresident
Isaac HayesThe Duke
Season HubleyGirl in Chock Full O'Nuts
Harry Dean StantonBrain
Adrienne BarbeauMaggie
Tom AtkinsRehme
Charles CyphersSecretary of State
Joe UngerTaylor (scenes deleted)
Frank DoubledayRomero
John StrobelCronenberg
John Cothran Jr.Gypsy #1
Garrett BergfeldGypsy #2
Robert John MetcalfGypsy #3
Joel BennettGypsy #4
Richard CosentinoGypsy Guard
John CarpenterSecret Service/Helicopter Pilot/Violin Player (voice) (uncredited)
Jamie Lee CurtisNarrator/Computer (uncredited) (voice)

  • Genre: Sci-Fi Movies
  • Theme(s): Fantasy
  • Director: John Carpenter
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 99 Min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJul 10, 1981
    EuropeJun 24, 1981
    JapanMay 23, 1981
    AustraliaOct 8, 1981
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaAug 3, 2010
    EuropeAug 4, 2008
    JapanSep 23, 2010
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaNov 21, 2000
    EuropeOct 17, 2005
    JapanJun 24, 2005
  • Also known as:
  • New York 1997 in Japan
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