- a line spoken by many of the characters Snake (Kurt Russell) encounters in both ESCAPE FROM L.A. and ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK
"You guys ever hear of a Mexican showdown'"--Snake, before he kills three men who have him cornered
"I shut down the third world, you win, they lose. I shut down America, you win, they lose. The more things change, the more they stay the same."
Rolling Stone - 09/05/1996
USA Today - 08/09/1996
"...Carpenter throws in the works..."
Los Angeles Times - 08/09/1996
"...With much humor and high adventure, JOHN CARPENTER'S ESCAPE FROM L.A. imagines a Dante-esque vision of the City of Angels..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 08/09/1996
"...ESCAPE FROM L.A. is a go-for-broke action extravaganza that satirizes the genre at the same time it's exploiting it....It goes deliberately and cheerfully over the top..."
Uncut - 08/01/2001
"[With] costlier effects and some in-jokes about Hollywood..."
When John Carpenter and Kurt Russell teamed up for this sequel to ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, the idea was to kick butt and have fun. They do just that in ESCAPE FROM L.A., an explosive film that recalls the classic original in all the best ways. Infamous adventurer Snake Plissken gets another raw deal when he is forced to rescue the President's daughter from the new prison island of Los Angeles. Mayhem ensues as Snake goes about his mission, leaving a wake of destruction behind him. Lighter and more tongue in cheek than the original, ESCAPE FROM L.A. provides loud, violent fun for both the fans of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK as well as newcomers to the films. There are great cameos provided by Peter Fonda, Bruce Campbell, Pam Grier and many more that give the film an extra layer of entertainment. Great special effects are a given in Carpenter films, and this one is no exception. ESCAPE FROM L.A. is fun fare from a master filmmaker.
Eye-patched mercenary prisoner Snake Plissken gets forced into another kamikaze mission in this long-awaited sequel to "Escape From New York." This time he must scour the earthquake-demolished, prison streets of Los Angeles, circa 2013, to find and disable a so-called "Doomsday Device," as well as rescue the President's daughter, who's in on the scheme. Packed with clever digs at the Hollywood firmament, as well as juicy bits from B-movie staples Paul Bartel, Bruce Campbell, and Robert Carradine.
The scene in which Kurt Russell shoots a basket from over a half court away took several nights to shoot. When the producers decided to force the ball in the hoop via special effects Kurt Russell got angry and demanded to be allowed to try again until he made the shot for real, offering to pay the crew's overtime until he succeeded. He made the basket on his very next throw.
When Russell learned he would be renewing the role of Snake Plissken he went to his closet and pulled out the original leather pants he wore in the first film 15 years ago. They still fit him perfectly.