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Escape From New York

(Escape from New York)


One man against 3 million criminals in a bid to rescue the President from Mahattan high security prison. Mahattan Island has become a maximum security prison for three million criminals. When the American President's plane is hijacked and crashed on the island, the President is taken hostage by gangland warlord ''The Duke''. Sent to the rescue is Snake Plissken, former war – hero now convicted criminal.

To ensure the safe return of both Plissken and the President, the police commissioner has tiny time bombs implanted in Plissken's neck – if he gets the President out within twenty four hours he gets a pardon, if not, the bombs will detonate and rupture his major arteries...

A movie directed by John Carpenter

1981 - 99 minutes - Color - Dolby - 2.35

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Main Cast

  • Snake Plissken
  • Hauk
  • Cabbie
  • President
  • The Duke
  • Girl in Chock Full O'Nuts
  • Brain
  • Maggie
  • Rehme
  • Secretary of State
  • Taylor (scenes deleted)
  • Romero
  • Cronenberg
  • Gypsy #1
  • Gypsy #2

Also Known As

  • Escape from New York City (us)
  • John Carpenter's Escape from New York (us)

Release dates

  • September 24, 1981
  • July 10, 1981
  • October 08, 1981
  • September 24, 1981
  • November 01, 2008 (Film4 FrightFest)
  • June 26, 1981 (St. Louis, Missouri)
  • July 10, 1981