Escape From New York

Escape From New York

DVD - 2003
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When the US President crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent to rescue him.
Audience: OFRB rating: AA.
Publisher: Santa Monica : Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment, [2003]
Copyright Date: ℗2003
ISBN: 9780792847663
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Escap
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (99 min.) : digital, sound, color ; 12 cm + 1 graphic novel (1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 18 cm)
Language Note: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

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archangel777
Sep 23, 2020

i just watched this for the first time, and was pleaseantly surprised with how they have a very quiet dark new work instead of a post apocalyptic mad max style hell hole. its honestly kinda gratifying to see the cheesy effects, the absurd Mac-10 with a huge supressor and 4 x scope that is completly useless and looks rediculous. this is very different from most action movies. most of it is actually more stealth style quiet moving around this bizarre NYP. The Badguys are not stupid bumbling stormtroopers either which is a very nice change. In fact i would say they are far more disciplined and proffessional the the real life US police strangely enough. Hauk was cool really cool, Snake Plisskin IMMEADIATLY MADE ME THING... WTF LIKE SNAKE FROM METAL GEAR SOLID??? its obvious that Solid snake is based VERY heavily on this character, everything from his look, the same eye patch lol.
the Gangs inside the prison are also rather civilized, well organized, the duke is clearly respected more then feared and once again the opposite of most dystopian post apocalyptic action flicks.
i would not have been surprised to see a terminator show up, it has that kind of terminator 1 future war soundtrack and look. Also while it may have been a joke movie at the time now its bizzarly profetic with the situation in the states actually starting to look like this! i found the sound track in the movie itself a bit underwhelming, but immedatly looked it up on youtube after watching the special features, which were for me at least the best part of the DVD. the Soundtrack in the special features is much higher quality and sounds EPIC.
I WOULD LOVE to see a tv series based on this show and done in this style that expands on the wierdly relevant world that is Escape from NY. they give you just enough information to make you want more!

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lukasevansherman
Jun 25, 2020

One of three great cult genre movies John Carpenter and Kurt Russell made in the 1980s. The premise is so simple its elegant. An incredible cast of character actors and a great bombed out look to the whole thing. There are few better names than Snake Plissken. Carpenter also did the movie. Also, "The Thing" and "Big Trouble in Little China." The sequel, which came out in the 90s, is kinda trash.

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OpalDragonfly
Dec 03, 2019

One of my all-time favorite movies. I grew up watching this movie religiously. It's dated and campy, but a "new" classic nonetheless.

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Derringer
Jun 06, 2019

Personally speaking - I think that John Carpenter (as a director/screenwriter/songwriter) is utterly inept and nothing but an over-rated amateur, at best.

"Escape From New York" (from 1981) is set 16 years into the future (1997) - And, if Carpenter actually expects his audience to buy this unbelievable nonsense at face value, then, he must really perceive the viewer as being nothing but a complete moron.

To imagine that Manhattan Island (in its entirety) has been completely walled-in and is being used as a maximum security prison has got to be the absolutely stupidest premise for a film's story ever conceived in Hollywood's history.

IMO - The only way for anyone to get any sort of entertainment-value out of this $16 million clunker is for them to watch it through heavily-tinted rose-colored glasses.

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patch666
Dec 22, 2017

Classic !!!!!!!

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VonHafenstaaad
Aug 30, 2017

This movie is a classic. Now I have read some reviews where a vidiot. (vidio game idiot who can't handle anything but constant action) doesn't like it because it's too slow!. That's what too many video games do to your brain. You can't read a book or watch a decent film like this one. I wish they'd do another escape film because they are fun and not overly serious. Everyone in this does a good job too. A kick butt film by any standards. It's of it's era and that's the early 80's , it does have action of course just not continual action. like some of today's films. Vidiots need not watch it I suppose for that reason. But if you are not a vidiot. You will enjoy this.

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Calvacade
Jul 10, 2017

A one of a kind apocalyptic epic that has yet to be rivaled in action and storytelling quality.

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akirakato
Jan 31, 2015

This is a 1981 American SF action film co-written, co-scored, and directed by John Carpenter.
Set in a then near-future 1997, the whole Manhattan in New York City has been converted into a maximum security prison.
Ex-soldier Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is given 22 hours to find the US President, who has been captured by prisoners after the crash of Air Force One.
Featuring an atmospherically grimy metropolis, this film is a strange, entertaining jumble of thrilling action and oddball weirdness of B-movie.
Although the poster shows the head of the Statue of Liberty crashing into a New York street, no such incident appears in the film.
They say, this movie has become a cult film.
But I don't see why it is so.
If the head of the Statue of Liberty had crashed into a New York street, I would've deen shockingly impressed by the so-called "cult film."

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ddonster
Aug 19, 2012

When I was a kid, this was my favorite movie. Kurt Russell was the coolest. "Escape from New York" and "The Thing" were two good movies Russell made with John Carpenter before Carpenter started making terrible movies. I loved the score by Carpenter. The script was great, with a lot of good lines. "I knew when I found this, I'd be the president"

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ausnos
Apr 07, 2012

As much as I love John Carpenter's work and 80's films, I did not appreciate this movie as much as I hoped. I just could not find myself liking any of the characters, especially Kurt Russell's which I found just two-dimensional. The action sequences were mediocre, the setting dark and the story a shrug of the shoulders. The only thing that really stood out for me was the the chandelier-hooded car that the Duke drove. That was funny.

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laustcawz Sep 17, 2013

"We'd make a hell of a team, Snake." "The name's Plissken."

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Bob Hauk: You going to kill me, Snake?
Snake Plissken: Not now, I'm too tired.
[pause]
Snake Plissken: Maybe later.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

The Duke: They sent in their best man, and when we roll across the 59th Street bridge tomorrow, on our way to freedom, we're going to have their best man leading the way - from the neck up!
[cheering erupts]
The Duke: On the hood of my car!

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Bob Hauk: Remember, once you're inside you're on your own.
Snake Plissken: Oh, you mean I can't count on you?
Bob Hauk: No.
Snake Plissken: Good!

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

In 1997, when the US President crashes into Manhattan, now a giant max. security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in for a rescue.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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