Overall Rank: 1999
Average Rating: 2.8/4
# of Ratings: 289
Theatrical Release Date: 07/10/1981
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
MPAA Rating: R
Director: John Carpenter
Actors: Kurt Russell, Ernest Borgnine, Lee Van Cleef, Isaac Hayes, Donald Pleasence, Harry Dean Stanton
Plot: Takes place in 1998 as New York is in rubbles. The President crashes into the jailed city when a crook is sent in to rescue him because he is the only one skilled enough to do complete the job.
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/17/2019
Too campy to take seriously, but too stern to have any fun with, "Escape From New York" was probably cool for its time, but today comes off as a piece of 80s nostalgia that's as washed up and outdated as Reaganomics.
Gabe - wrote on 07/13/2015
A great action film! Snake is a great, albeit, one-dimensional character. This movie doesn't waste any time jumping right into the story. Air Force One has gone down inside the prison walls and only one man can do the job. This is the way all movies should be made, no messing around. You have to love the early-eighties soundtrack and the bad m-fer himself Isaac Hayes as The Duke.
Matthew Brady - wrote on 06/17/2014
Good music, Good casting, Bad-ass main hero, and a good solid action flick.
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Yojimbo - wrote on 02/27/2012
An infamous mercenary is coerced into rescuing the president from a Manhattan island that has been turned into a lawless prison colony of the near future. Because of this cult action sci-fi from John Carpenter, Snake Plissken became one of the iconic action heroes of the 1980s; showing nothing but contempt for authority and hissing his lines like Dirty Harry with PMS, Kurt Russell becomes the embodiment of rebellious 80s machismo. To be honest, Carpenter's static camera work never lent itself particularly well to action, but a ridiculous yet insanely cool premise, Russell's charisma and an inspired supporting cast more than make up for the rather sluggish set pieces. The post apocalyptic representation of New York is brilliantly recreated, the whole of Manhattan eerily shrouded in …
tecnoandre - wrote on 12/24/2011
A genuine B product from the 80's this movie is a little sci-fi masterpiece! With B special efffects and B performances but with a spectacular plot idea, 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 …
CJP - wrote on 10/07/2008
Action: 2/3 + Comedy: 0.5/2 + Good vs Evil: 1/1 + Love/Sex: 0/1 + Special Effects: 0.5/1 + Plot: 1/1 + Music: 1/1 = 6/10 or 60%.
Escape from New York is escapist action at a fun level. The future prediction of what the U.S. and New York will be like in 1998 automatically dates it, but when Isaac Hayes rolls up in a car ordained with chandleliers for headlights as the proclaimed President of the prisoner population one must appreciate the joys of alternate realities, which obviously can't be taken in too serious a manner.
Other joys include Russel in the lead as an uzi yielding, eye-patch adorned, the-government-and-everybody-has-wronged-me type prisoner- who not only gets to wrestle for the prisoners amusement, but must rescue the President of the U.S. and return him safely before …
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