Escape from New York

  • 15
  • John Carpenter (1981)
  • US
  • 94 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Futuristic action thriller from John Carpenter, starring Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef and Donald Pleasence. The year is 1997 and the island of Manhattan has been turned into a maximum security prison. When the US president's plane crashes into this lawless hell, new convict Snake Plissken is called in to help.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
John Carpenter

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Barber International Films
Guidance: 
May be edited for language and violence.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama

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