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Escape from New York


Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence View All


Nick Castle (Screenplay), John Carpenter (Director), John Carpenter (Screenplay) View All

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.
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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.
Snake Pliskin (Kurt Russel) is given a chance to get out of jail if he can save the president from the giant prison which is New York.
The Gnat
Snake Plisskin is a good character in the film, and a memorable character, which the film does have going for it.