Sunday, July 10, 2011

You're A-Number One

Escape from New York promotional poster (Detail)

Thirty years ago, Escape from New York was released. Starring Kurt Russell and directed by John Carpenter, this movie has become a cult classic. With good reason!!!

Russell plays "Snake" Plissken, an anti-hero who is coerced into a search-and-rescue mission into the post-apocalyptic ruins of New York City, which has become a wall penitentiary city, to find the President of the United States, who crash landed within the city during a terrorist incident. The President must be rescued in time to make a diplomatic meeting to negotiate the end of World War III. Moreover, Plissken has been administered a poison that will kill him at the same time frame. However, the city has been overrun with criminal gangs that rule New York in a perpetual state of violence and anarchy.

Fun stuff!!!

Kurt Russell as "Snake" Plissken

Let's look at some vids.

Here's the original trailer from 1981:

Carpenter's films at noteworthy for their distinctive music. I think that Escape from New York has his best work. Listen to this:

And we can't do a post about this movie with playing:


Here's the Escape from New York Wikipedia page.


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