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Escape from New York

Part of the Retrospective: The Future Is History Strand

John Carpenter

  • 15

  • 99 mins

  • 1981

  • UK, USA

  • English

Cast Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence

  • Director of Photography: Dean Cundey

  • Editor: Todd Ramsay

  • Produced by: Larry Franco, Debra Hill

  • Music: John Carpenter, Alan Howarth

  • Screenplay by: John Carpenter, Nick Castle

  • Production Designer: Joe Alves

Director Bio

John Carpenter

Director Bio

John Carpenter is an American film director and screenwriter known for his horror and action films, including Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980) and Escape from LA (1996).

Body

Featuring Kurt Russell in his most iconic role, eye-patch wearing super-thief of the future Snake Plissken, John Carpenter’s seminal Escape from New York finds Manhattan Island turned into a maximum-security prison, from which Plissken must attempt to rescue a very important hostage. With singer/songwriter Isaac Hayes as The Duke of New York, Harry Dean Stanton as Brain, Ernest Borgnine as Cabbie, and Donald Pleasence as the President of The United States of America, it’s an unforgettable mission.



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