Escape from New York

Film, Action and adventure
Escape from New York
Sporting a black eye-patch and a mutinous sneer, anti-hero Snake Plissken (Russell) prepares to invade the Manhattan of 1997, sealed off as a self-regulating maximum security prison following a 400% rise in the crime rate, and ruled over by a black drug-dealing Prospero (Hayes) attended by his punk Ariel. Victim of a Catch-22 situation and primed to self-destruct if he fails, Snake's task is to rescue the hijacked US president (Pleasence) from this ominous underworld; and for about half the film, Carpenter's narrative economy and explosive visual style (incorporating some marvellous model work of the new Manhattan skyline) promise wonders. The trouble is that his characters neither develop nor interact dynamically, so the plot gradually winds down into predictable though highly enoyable histrionics.

By: TM

Release details

Duration: 99 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John Carpenter
Screenwriter: John Carpenter, Nick Castle
Cast: Kurt Russell
Lee Van Cleef
Ernest Borgnine
Donald Pleasence
Isaac Hayes
Season Hubley
Tom Atkins
Harry Dean Stanton
Adrienne Barbeau

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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My review of escape from new york is OK pretty good and I consider the sexy Adrienne Barbeau as probably the sexiest character in the movie.