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Escape from New York

Escape from New York

John Carpenter (1981)

15 Certificate


Our Score
A sullen Kurt Russell impersonates Clint Eastwood in this tough futuristic western from director John Carpenter that never fulfils the ingenuity of its premise: the president's plane crashes in Manhattan, which is now a maximum security prison, and Russell has to go in and rescue him. Closely resembling Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13 in tone and plot dynamics, it's certainly the director's slickest-looking film, and the presence of Lee Van Cleef reinforces its Sergio Leone associations. Yet, despite a marvellous night-time opening sequence, this slice of escapism often disappoints, though it rates higher than the 1996 sequel, Escape from LA.



Cast & Crew

Snake Plissken Kurt Russell
Bob Hauk Lee Van Cleef
President Donald Pleasence
Duke of New York Isaac Hayes
Maggie Adrienne Barbeau
"Brain" Harry Dean Stanton
Cabby Ernest Borgnine
Girl in Chock Full o'Nuts Season Hubley
Rehme Tom Atkins
Secretary of State Charles Cyphers
Romero Frank Doubleday
Cronenberg John Strobel
Director John Carpenter
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Barber International Films Guidance: May be edited for language and violence. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay


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