Escape from New York

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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.

  1. John Carpenter

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Nick Castle


Top Billed Cast

  1. Kurt Russell

    Kurt Russell

    Snake Plissken

  2. Lee Van Cleef

    Lee Van Cleef

    Police Commissioner Bob Hauk

  3. Ernest Borgnine

    Ernest Borgnine


  4. Donald Pleasence

    Donald Pleasence

    President of the United States

  5. Isaac Hayes

    Isaac Hayes

    The Duke of New York

  6. Harry Dean Stanton

    Harry Dean Stanton

    Harold 'Brain' Helman

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Movie Data


Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 39m

Budget $6,000,000.00

Revenue $50,000,000.00


Release Information

  • July 10, 1981
    R, Theatrical



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A review by Graviteer

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.

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