Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence
Nick Castle (Screenplay), John Carpenter (Director), John Carpenter (Screenplay)
Released: Jul. 10th, 1981
Runtime: 1 hour, 39 minutes
In 1997, the island of Manhattan has been walled off and turned into a giant maximum security prison within which the country's worst criminals are left to form their own anarchic society. However, when the President of the United States crash lands on the island, the authorities turn to a former soldier and current convict, Snake Plissken, to rescue him.
The passage of the 24-hour countdown, some lack of logic on the part of characters (why do the Crazies run past Snake without attacking him at first but only attack him after a short scene where he hides out with a fellow inmate?), and various other plot problems all become more obvious with each new viewing, but it's a testament to the film's vibe that I can still watch it without serious complaint.