Escape from New York

Escape from New York

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Director: John Carpenter

Cast: John Carpenter, Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine

     
 

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The year is 1997. Manhattan Island is now a heavily guarded maximum-security prison, where the scum of the earth have converged. When Air Force One crash-lands in Manhattan, the president (Donald Pleasence) is held hostage by its denizens. One-eyed mercenary Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is strong-armed into rescuing the chief executive. He is aided, not alwaysSee more details below

Overview

The year is 1997. Manhattan Island is now a heavily guarded maximum-security prison, where the scum of the earth have converged. When Air Force One crash-lands in Manhattan, the president (Donald Pleasence) is held hostage by its denizens. One-eyed mercenary Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is strong-armed into rescuing the chief executive. He is aided, not always willingly, by a tough gal (Adrienne Barbeau) and a manic cab driver (Ernest Borgnine). Escape from New York was followed by a sequel of sorts in 1996, Escape From L.A., again starring Kurt Russell.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Escape from New York was indifferently received by critics upon opening in 1981, but genre fans enthusiastically embraced the futuristic action thriller and made it a cult favorite. Director John Carpenter (Halloween) set the film in 1997, by which time -- according to the script -- Manhattan had become a maximum-security prison inhabited by violent criminals who roamed the streets in packs like wild dogs. Onetime war hero and convicted felon "Snake" Plissken (Kurt Russell) is offered a pardon, provided he can rescue the U.S. president (Donald Pleasance), whose plane has just crash-landed in the city. A suitably bleak Manhattan -- courtesy of production designer Joe Alves -- becomes Snake's personal battleground in a series of elaborate, violent set pieces distinguished by clever staging, bold stunt work, and staccato editing. Escape is also the pre-Chef highlight of the Isaac Hayes thespian ouvre, as well as a fine showcase for the considerable talents of Ernest Borgnine. Often imitated but never matched -- Carpenter's own "sequel," Escape from L.A, also fell short -- Escape from New York still merits the acclaim it won from sci-fi aficionados in '81.
All Movie Guide
John Carpenter is a cinematic virtuoso, and his talents as a writer, director, and even composer are all at the forefront of Escape From New York. Given the mere seven-million-dollar budget, the film is a technical achievement as well as a testament to Carpenter's ingenuity. These were the days before computer-generated special effects; the aerial city view, for example, was an actual physical model that Carpenter painted and filmed -- there's nothing digital about it. At the time, Kurt Russell was best known for his roles in family films, and it's safe to say that Escape sent his career in a more profitable direction. His growly performance as the eye-patched Snake Plissken is one of the more memorable cinematic bad-guy heroes. For all its strengths, the film has a rather slow pace and never really develops much suspense, even in the action sequences. Regardless, there are many great scenes and images here; the view of the unlit, desolate New York City skyline is particularly memorable. In the years since its release, the film has gained a solid cult following and given rise to many imitators, particularly on the Italian filmmaking scene.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/2010
UPC:
0883904224396
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Time:
3:18:00

Special Features

Blu-ray; Lossless Audio; Smart Menu Technology; ; DVD ; Original Theatrical Trailer; ; Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kurt Russell Snake Plissken
Lee Van Cleef Bob Hauk
Ernest Borgnine Cabbie
Donald Pleasence President of the United States
Isaac Hayes The Duke of New York
Season Hubley Girl in Chock Full O'Nuts
Harry Dean Stanton Brain
Adrienne Barbeau Maggie
Tom Atkins Rehme
Charles Cyphers Secretary of State
Joe Unger Taylor
Frank Doubleday Romero
John Cothran Gypsy #1
Tobar Mayo Third Indian
Nancy Stephens Stewardess
Steven Ford Secret Service #2
Michael Taylor Secret Service #3
Lonnie Wun Red Bandana Gypsy
Dale E. House Helicopter Pilot #1
Bob Minor Duty Sergeant
Wally Taylor Controller
James O'Hagen Computer Operator
Tom Lillard Police Sergeant
Borah Silver Theater Manager
Tony Papenfuss Theater Assistant
John Diehl Punk
Carmen Filpi Bum
George "Buck" Flower Drunk
Clay Wright Helicopter Pilot #3
Ox Baker Slag
Ron House Dancer
Alan Shearman Dancer
Rodger Bumpass Dancer
Ron Vernan Dancer
Jamie Lee Curtis Narration and Computer Voice
Steven M. Gagnon Secret Service #1
Al Cerullo Helicopter Pilot #4

Technical Credits
John Carpenter Director,Score Composer,Screenwriter
Joe Alves Production Designer
Roy Arbogast Special Effects
Barry Bernardi Associate Producer
Buff Brady Stunts
Tony Brubaker Stunts
Nick Castle Screenwriter
Thomas D. Causey Sound/Sound Designer
Ken Chase Makeup
Roydon E. Clark Stunts
Cloudia Set Decoration/Design
Dean Cundey Cinematographer
Glory Fioramonti Stunts
Larry Franco Asst. Director,Producer
Sandy Gimpel Stunts
Warren Hamilton Sound Editor
Bill Hart Stunts
Kent Hays Stunts
Eddie Hice Stunts
Debra Hill Producer
Alan Howarth Score Composer
Loren Janes Stunts
Mike Johnson Stunts
Fred Lerner Stunts
Alan Levine Production Manager
Stephen Loomis Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Mike McGaughy Stunts
Bob Minor Stunts
John Moio Stunts
Harvey Parry Stunts
Todd Ramsay Editor
George Sawava Stunts
Raymond Stella Camera Operator
Jack Verbois Stunts
Jesse Wayne Stunts
Ted White Stunts
George Wilbur Stunts
James Winburn Stunts

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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Escape from New York -
1. Main Title [:11]
2. Manhattan Island Prison [2:47]
3. '1997-Now' [:59]
4. Snake Plissken [:14]
5. Small Jet in Trouble [2:52]
6. President in the Pod [1:46]
7. "You Touch Me, He Dies" [1:54]
8. "Call Me Snake" [2:54]
9. Prepared and Betrayed [:28]
10. Going In [2:33]
11. A Friendly Face [3:24]
12. The Wrong Guy [3:23]
13. Call of the Sewer Rats [:37]
14. Caught After Dark [7:45]
15. New York Cabbie [2:11]
16. Maggie and Brain [1:37]
18. Broadway [2:48]
17. The Duke's Engines [1:41]
19. 3rd Car From the End [3:20]
20. Meet the Duke [:39]
21. Target Practice [2:02]
22. Escape Route [5:19]
23. The Ransom Note [3:40]
24. Gladiator [2:06]
25. No Dead President [3:23]
26. Round Two [:53]
27. On and Off the Tower [2:27]
28. The Bridge by Car... [4:23]
29. . ...And on Foot [:49]
30. Last Ditch [:49]
31. A Grateful Nation [2:04]
32. End Credits [1:38]
Disc #1, Side B -- Escape from New York
1. Main Title [:11]
2. Manhattan Island Prison [2:47]
3. '1997-Now' [:59]
4. Snake Plissken [:14]
5. Small Jet in Trouble [2:52]
6. President in the Pod [1:46]
7. "You Touch Me, He Dies" [1:54]
8. "Call Me Snake" [2:54]
9. Prepared and Betrayed [:28]
10. Going In [2:33]
11. A Friendly Face [3:24]
12. The Wrong Guy [3:23]
13. Call of the Sewer Rats [:37]
14. Caught After Dark [7:45]
15. New York Cabbie [2:11]
16. Maggie and Brain [1:37]
18. Broadway [2:48]
17. The Duke's Engines [1:41]
19. 3rd Car From the End [3:20]
20. Meet the Duke [:39]
21. Target Practice [2:02]
22. Escape Route [5:19]
23. The Ransom Note [3:40]
24. Gladiator [2:06]
25. No Dead President [3:23]
26. Round Two [:53]
27. On and Off the Tower [2:27]
28. The Bridge by Car... [4:23]
29. ...And on Foot [:49]
30. Last Ditch [:49]
31. A Grateful Nation [2:04]
32. End Credits [1:38]

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