Russell is great, the idea is crazy, but it works so well. Certainly a cult classic.
Not as many laughs as I expected.
Whether because of imitators, age, or the fact it just isn't that good, I expected more.
over 3 years
as cult films go, I found this to be a bit overrated.
over 4 years
It's good, but can't hang with Carpenter's other work at the time.
almost 5 years
Fun & campy premise, Russell's best make this a must for low-budget, sci-fi, action flicks
Travis Landon Connell
almost 5 years
John Carpenter's underrated classic starring Kurt Russel's 80's hair.
I didn't think Kurt Russell could ever be this cool.
almost 6 years
Are you a bad enough dude to save the president? Amazing 80s glory captured on film.
seen again last year in my favourite movie theatre. still was unbelieveably iconic.
Escape from New York is a 1981 American science fiction action film directed and scored by John Carpenter. He co-wrote the screenplay with Nick Castle. The film is set in the near future in a crime-ridden United States that has converted Manhattan Island in New York City into a maximum security prison. Ex-soldier Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is given 24 hours to find the President of the United States, who has been captured after the crash of Air Force One.
Carpenter wrote the film in the mid-1970s as a reaction to the Watergate scandal, but proved incapable of articulating how the film related to the scandal. After the success of Halloween, he had enough influence to get the film made and shot most of it in St. Louis, Missouri.
The film's total budget was estimated to be US$6 million. It was a commercial hit, grossing over $50 million worldwide. It has since become a cult film. A sequel, Escape from L.A., was released in 1996.
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