Escape from New York

Escape from New York

In the future, crime is out of control and New York City 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 warrior new to prison life, is coerced into bringing the President, and his cargo, out of this land of undesirables. Kurt Russell put his Disney days behind him as the nicest bad guy in the picture. All comic-book sensibilities and macho posturing, this is one of writer-director John Carpenter's better brainless escapes. There are snappy one-liners and explosive action scenes. However, the film lacks tension and some believability even within the realm of SF fantasy. Even when it fails to gel, though, it always manages to amuse, thanks in great part to a varied and unusual supporting cast (watch for Ernest Borgnine as a cabdriver). Followed in 1996 by Carpenter's overdone and campy Escape from L.A. --Rochelle O'Gorman

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Director(s): John Carpenter
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
R (Restricted)

Bob Hauk:
In 22 hours, the Hartford Summit Meeting will be over. China and the Soviet Union will go back home. Now, the President was on his way to the summit when his plane went down. He has a briefcase attached to his wrist. The tape recording inside has to reach Hartford in 22 hours.

Snake Plissken:
What's on it?

Bob Hauk:
You know anything about nuclear fusion?

Snake Plissken:

Bob Hauk:
The survival of the human race, Plissken. Something you don't give a sh*t about.

[approaches Snake with two injection guns] I'm going to inject you. It will sting for a second.

[Cronenberg places both guns on the side of Snake's neck and injects him, producing a loud bang]

Bob Hauk:
That's it, Plissken.

Tell him.

Snake Plissken:
Tell me what?

Bob Hauk:
That idea you had about turning the Gullfire around 180 degrees and flying off to Canada.

Snake Plissken:
What did you do to me, a**hole?

Bob Hauk:
My idea, Plissken. Something we've been fooling around with. Two microscopic capsules lodged in your arteries. They're already starting to dissolve. In 22 hours, the cores will completely dissolve. Inside the cores are a heat-sensing charge. Not a large explosion, about the size of a pinhead, just big enough to open up both of your arteries. I'd say you'd be dead in 10-15 seconds...

Snake Plissken:
[chokes Hauk] Take them out, now!

They're protected by the cores. Fifteen minutes before the last hour is up, we can neutralize the charge with X-rays.

[Pushes Snake away from Hauk]

Bob Hauk:
We'll burn out the charges if you have the President.

Snake Plissken:
What if I'm a little late?

Bob Hauk:
No more Hartford Summit. And no more Snake Plissken.

Snake Plissken:
When I get back, I'm going to kill you.

Bob Hauk:
The Gullfire's waiting.

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