- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 39 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 21, 2000
- Originally Released: 1981
- Label: 20th Century Fox
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
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Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"I'm not a fool, Plissken!"--Hauk (Lee Van Cleef) to Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell)
"Call me Snake."--Snake Plissken to Hauk
"We'd make one hell of a team, Snake."--Hauk to Snake Plissken, later in the film
"The name's Plissken."
- Snake Plissken to Hauk
"Snake Plissken' I thought you were dead."
- practically every character to Snake Plissken
"You are the Duke! A-number one!"
- the U.S. president (Donald Pleasence) to the Duke of New York (Isaac Hayes), as he pumps him full of lead
Premiere - 09/01/1994
"...Looks better and better as time passes..." - Recommended
Variety - 06/17/1981
"...A solidly satisfying actioner....[A] proper urgent mood..."
New York Times - 07/10/1981
"...Brutal, very fine-looking....Carpenter's most ambitous, most riveting film to date..."
Total Film - 07/01/2000
"...ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK featured a supporting cast of cult appeal and successfully launched Kurt Russell as a rugged action hero..."
Sight and Sound - 01/01/2006
"The premise, characters and theme all resonate..."
Uncut - 01/01/2006
Ranked #7 in Uncut's Best DVDs Of 2005 -- "John Carpenter's dystopian, kick-ass, junk-punk flick of 1977..."
Premiere - 08/10/2010
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "One of the coolest and most exciting action/sci-fi flicks ever made. John Carpenter was in a zone..."
In the year 1997, a decayed New York City has become a maximum security prison that houses thousands of hardened criminals. It is in this urban hellhole that the president's plane has crashed, and he has been taken hostage by some of the prison's most vicious convicts. Snake Plissken, a one-eyed, decorated war hero turned felon, is given the option of rescuing the president in exchange for a reduced prison sentence. However, he has only 24 hours to complete his assignment...
Big City |
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Theatrical Release |
- Theatrical release: May 4, 1981.
- Tommy Lee Jones was orginially slated to play Snake Plissken rather than Kurt Russell. Director John Carpenter changed his own, and the studio's, mind at the last minute.
A restored version of the film shows Snake Plissken robbing a super high-security bank, complete with towering guard robots, as the opening sequence. The scene was removed because Carpenter didn't like the way the guard robots moved.