Escape from New York

directed by John Carpenter
List(s):"Movie One"
Category: "Action/Adventure"
Year of Release:1981
Date Added:01/31/2015
Date Watched:02/01/2015
Description:In a dystopian future (1997), Manhattan has been turned into a maximum security prison. There are no guards inside, and the army patrols the perimeter. The President Donald Pleasence) is on the way to a superpower summit when his plane is hijacked and crash landed in the prison. The prisoners, led by the Duke (Isaac Hayes) want to exchange him for amnesty. Security chief Hauk (Lee Van Cleef) makes a deal with newly-arrived prisoner Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) — get the President out within 24 hours and receive a pardon. Snake, with help from Cabbie (Ernest Borgnine), Brain and Brain's girl Maggie, finds the President and gets him to safety. Cabbie, Brain and Maggie all die, and when the President expresses no remorse, Snake gives him a cassette with big band music instead of the one the President was carrying, with secret nuclear plans.
My Rating:5

Reviews for Escape from New York

Review - Escape from New York

Proof that first instincts are often best. I've been aware of this movie since it came out but avoided watching it. The plot was dumb, Donald Pleasence was horribly miscast as President and the action sequences all seemed more like choreographed dances than fighting. Kurt Russell apparently believes that being tough consists of whispering and smoking while tilting his head to the side.
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