Escape from New York (1981)

92m 42s (UK – video, 2000), 94m 44s (UK – video, 1996), 94m 45s (UK – video, 1996), 94m 46s (UK – video, 1987), 98m 50s (UK – theatrical, 1981)
35mm film, Panavision (anamorphic), Metrocolor, 2.35:1
Dolby Stereo, English
Reviewed at The EOFFTV Review

An American/British science fiction film directed by John Carpenter.

Plot Summary

By 1997, the island of Manhattan has been turned into a maximum security prison for the worst in the USA. When the President's aircraft crashes on the island and he's taken hostage by the self-styled Duke of , the authorities send war hero turned criminal Snake Plissken in to get him out.


Directed by: John Carpenter
© 1981 Avco Embassy Pictures Corp.
Avco Embassy Pictures, International Film Investors, Goldcrest Films International present a Debra Hill production. A City film
Produced by: Larry Franco, Debra Hill
Written by: John Carpenter and Nick Castle
Director of Photography: Dean Cundey
Film Editor: Todd Ramsay
Music by: John Carpenter in association with Alan Howarth
Sound Mixer: Tommy Causey
Costume Designer: Steven Loomis
Makeup Artist Supervisor: Ken Chase
Hair Stylist: Frankie Bergman
Production Designer: Joe Alves

Kurt Russell (Snake Plissken)
Lee Van Cleef (Hauk)
Ernest Borgnine (Cabbie)
Donald Pleasence (President)
Isaac Hayes (The Duke)
Season Hubley (girl in Chock Full O'Nuts)
Tom Atkins (Rehme)
Charles Cyphers (Secretary of State)
Harry Dean Stanton as Brain
Adrienne Barbeau as Maggie
Joe Unger (Taylor)
Frank Doubleday (Romero)
John Strobel (Cronenberg)
John Cothran Jr (gypsy #1)
Garrett Bergfeld (gypsy #2)
Richard Cosentino (gypsy guard)
Robert John Metcalf (gypsy #3)
Joel Bennet (gypsy #4)
Vic Bullock (first Indian)
Clem Fox (second Indian)
Tobar Mayo (third Indian)

Alternative Titles

1997 rescate en Neuva York – Italian title
1997: fuga da New York – Italian title
Die Klapperschlange – German title

Escape From L.A. (1996)

See also
1990: I guerrieri del Bronx (1982)
2019: Dopo la caduta di New York (1983)
Banlieue 13 (2004)
Banlieue 13: Ultimatum (2009)
Fuga dal Bronx (1983)



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  • Cinefantastique vol.11 no.3 (September 1981) p.47 – review
  • Cinefantastique vol.28 no.2 (September 1996) pp.24-25 – illustrated article
  • Cine-Revue vol.61 no.25 (18 June 1981) pp.18-21 (Belgium) – article
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  • L'Ecran Fantastique no.17 (1981) pp.16-25 (France) – illustrated interview, article
  • L'Ecran Fantastique no.20 (1981) p.75 – review
  • Empire no.123 (September 1999) p.138 – illustrated DVD review
  • Empire no.134 (August 2000) p.139 – illustrated short article
  • Fangoria no.156 (September 1996) pp.20-25 – illustrated interview
  • Film Directions vol.5 no.19 (1983) p.fd7 – review
  • Filme no.11 (September 1981 – October 1981) pp.34-37 (Brazil) – illustrated article
  • Filmmakers Monthly vol.14 no.11 (September 1981) pp.27-30 – article
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  • Film Score Monthly vol.5 no.6 (July 2000) pp.47-48 – article
  • Halls of Horror no.27 p.20 – note
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  • Positif no.246 (September 1981) pp.56-57 – review
  • Screen International no.244 (7 June 1980) p.6 – credits
  • Screen International no.247 (28 June 1980) p.6 – credits
  • Screen International no.249 (12-19 July 1980) p.17 – credits (Filming in US)
  • Screen International no.254 (16-23 August 1980) p.12 – credits (Filming in US)
  • Screen International no.306 (22 August 1981) p.19 – review
  • Sight & Sound vol.10 no.7 (July 2000) p.61 – video review
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  • Starburst no.219 (November 1996) p.56 – note
  • TV Times 10-16 May 1986 p.47 – credits
  • TV Times 23 December 1989-5 January 1990 p.71 – credits
  • Variety 13 August 1980 p.43 – note
  • Variety 17 June 1981 p.14 – credits, review
  • Video News International November 1983 p.38 – review


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