The Daily Movie Quote: Escape from New York
"They sent in their best man, and when we roll across the 59th Street bridge tomorrow, on our way to freedom, we're going to have their best man leading the way - from the neck up!" - The Duke, Escape from New York (1981)
AVCO Embassy Pictures, rated R, 99 minutes.
Directed By: John Carpenter
Kurt Russell - Snake Plissken
Lee Van Clef - Hauk
Ernest Borgnine - Cabbie
Donald Pleasence - President
Isaac Hayes - The Duke
Harry Dean Stanton - Brain
Adrienne Barbeau - Maggie
Domestic Box Office Gross: $25,244,700
Synopsis: In the future, 1997, New York city is a maximum security prison with which the president has been captured. A war hero and now convicted felon must go in and rescue the president within 24 hours to save the world.
Fact: The model of New York city set was used in Blade Runner the following year.
Trivia: Most of the film was shot in St. Louis.
Movie Mistake: Air Force One is filmed flying with the engines back by the tail. When we see the wreckage the engines are under the wings.
My Take: When I was I kid I thought this was the coolest movie ever made. It's been awhile but I imagine that my feelings would be pretty much the same. Snake Plissken is the bad-ass hero you want to see in every action film.
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