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Escape from New York

  • Drama
  • 1981
  • John Carpenter
  • 94 mins
  • 15

Summary

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A sullen Kurt Russell tries to be 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Snake PlisskenKurt Russell
Bob HaukLee Van Cleef
PresidentDonald Pleasence
Duke of New YorkIsaac Hayes
MaggieAdrienne Barbeau
"Brain"Harry Dean Stanton
CabbyErnest Borgnine
Girl in Chock Full o'NutsSeason Hubley
RehmeTom Atkins
Secretary of StateCharles Cyphers
RomeroFrank Doubleday
CronenbergJohn Strobel

Crew

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DirectorJohn Carpenter

Details

Theatrical distributor
Studio Canal
Released on
2018-11-22
Language
English
Guidance
May be edited for language and violence.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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