Escape from New York

Escape from New York (1981)

1997. New York city is now a maximum security prison. Breaking out is impossible. Breaking in is insane

  • Genre: Science Fiction, Action
  • Release Date: 1981-05-23
  • User Rating: 7.1/10 from 2272 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 39min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: AVCO Embassy Pictures
  • Production Country: United Kingdom, United States of America
  • Director: John Carpenter
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In the future, crime is out of control and New York City's Manhattan is a maximum security prison. Grabbing a bargaining chip right out of the air, convicts bring down the President's plane in bad old Gotham. Gruff Snake Plissken, a one-eyed lone warrior new to prison life, is coerced into bringing the President, and his cargo, out of this land of undesirables.

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  • Kurt Russell

    as Snake Plissken
  • Lee Van Cleef

    as Police Commissioner Bob Hauk
  • Ernest Borgnine

    as Cabbie
  • Donald Pleasence

    as President of the United States
  • Isaac Hayes

    as The Duke of New York
  • Season Hubley

    as Girl in Chock Full O'Nuts
  • Harry Dean Stanton

    as Harold 'Brain' Helman
  • Adrienne Barbeau

    as Maggie
  • Tom Atkins

    as Rehme
  • Charles Cyphers

    as Secretary of State
  • Frank Doubleday

    as Romero
  • John Strobel

    as Cronenberg
  • George Buck Flower

    as Drunk
  • John Cothran, Jr.

    as Gypsy #1
  • Nancy Stephens

    as Stewardess
  • Steven Ford

    as Secret Service #2
  • John Carpenter

    as Secret Service #2 / Helicopter Pilot / Violin Player
  • Jamie Lee Curtis

    as Narrator / Prison Recording Voice
  • Nick Castle

    as Pianist (uncredited)
  • Al Cerullo

    as Helicopter Pilot #4
  • Debra Hill

    as Computer (voice) (uncredited)
Production Larry J. Franco Producer
Camera Dean Cundey Director of Photography
Editing Todd C. Ramsay Editor
Production Debra Hill Producer
Crew James Cameron Visual Effects Art Director
Art Joe Alves Production Design
Writing John Carpenter Screenplay
Directing John Carpenter Director
Sound John Carpenter Original Music Composer
Production Barry Bernardi Producer
Costume & Make-Up Stephen Loomis Costume Design
Writing Nick Castle Screenplay
Crew Dick Warlock Stunt Coordinator
Sound Alan Howarth Original Music Composer
Camera Jim Lucas Director of Photography
Art Cloudia Rebar Set Decoration
Crew Tony Randel Special Effects Coordinator
Crew Mike Johnson Stunts