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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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When it's not borrowing from Westerns, it's borrowing a fair bit from horror films with its shadowy night-time photography, jump-scares, feral cannibals, and so forth.
It really gets interesting when he enters the story , but once he's launched into his mission the movie begins a downward spiral.
The Gnat
This film is purely about the action. The dystopian world that is created in this film really isn't seen, from the outside, so you can't tell if the government is really good or bad in this film.