Escape from New York (1981)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Kurt Russell
Lee Van Cleef
Adrienne Barbeau
Ernest Borgnine
Isaac Hayes
Season Hubley
Donald Pleasence
Harry Dean Stanton
Movie Details
Director John Carpenter
Producer Larry Franco; Debra Hill
Writer John Carpenter; Nick Castle
Studio MGM / UA
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 1 hr 39 mins
Color Color
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
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Index 233
Collection Status In Collection
Links Amazon US
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Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
Layers Single side, single layer
UPC 027616854773
Chapters 32
Release Date 11/21/00
Subtitles French; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo