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Part of the: Escape From ... Collection

Status: Released

Runtime: 99

Budget: $6,000,000

Revenue: $50,000,000

Language: en

Webpage: Link

Release Info

  •  R

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Alternative Titles

  • John Carpenter's Escape from New York
  • Fuga de Nova York
  • Escape from NY
  • Flucht aus New York
  • Escape from New York
Content Score: 100

6.4/10 (270 votes)


In 1997, the island of Manhattan has been walled off and turned into a giant maximum security prison within which the country's worst criminals are left to form their own anarchic society. However, when the President of the United States crash lands on the island, the authorities turn to a former soldier and current convict, Snake Plissken, to rescue him.


1997. New York City is now a maximum security prison. Breaking out is impossible. Breaking in is insane.


Director: John Carpenter
Writers: ,

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Kurt Russell

Kurt Russell
as Snake Plissken

Lee Van Cleef

Lee Van Cleef
as Police Commissioner B…

Ernest Borgnine

Ernest Borgnine
as Cabbie

Donald Pleasence

Donald Pleasence
as President of the Unit…

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A review by Graviteer

"Too little of too much" would describe this movie well, which presented us a dystopian New York with development potential and characters whose background is shared, exposed with brief moments of characterization that made me feel like I was missing this movie's predecessor. It didn't exist, and so the end result was of an expanded universe of unknown circumstances - except for the brief introduction we got in the opening credits - where the events barely told the story during the time it was running. But where this movie failed in terms of script, it almost made up with atmosphere and music.... read the rest.