Plot & Details
The year is 1997. Manhattan Island is now a heavily guarded maximum-security prison, where the scum of the earth have converged. When Air Force One crash-lands in Manhattan, the president (Donald Pleasence) is held hostage by its denizens. One-eyed mercenary Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is strong-armed into rescuing the chief executive. He is aided, not always willingly, by a tough gal (Adrienne Barbeau) and a manic cab driver (Ernest Borgnine). Escape from New York was followed by a sequel of sorts in 1996, Escape From L.A., again starring Kurt Russell.
- MPAA Rating: R
- Genre(s): Action,Crime and Mystery,Thriller
- Run Time: 99min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 07/10/1981
- DVD Release Date: 02/23/1999
- Distributor(s): AVCO Embassy Picture
- Director(s): John Carpenter
- Starring: Kurt Russell , Lee Van Cleef , Ernest Borgnine , Donald Pleasence , Isaac Hayes
- Themes: Future Barbarians,Race Against Time,Daring Rescues,Hostage Situations,Heroic Mission,Lone Wolves
- Tone: Grim,Menacing,Rousing,Visceral
- Keywords: President, anti-hero, captive, escape, mercenary, mission [quest], prison, rescue
- Language: English