Sunday, May 03, 2020

Escape from New York

Friday night, Sharon, Jack and I watched Escape from New York. Jack had listened to The Ringer Rewatchables podcast about the movie and wanted to see it.

The movie is a 1981 American science fiction action film co-written, co-scored and directed by John Carpenter. It stars Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Donald Pleasence, Ernest Borgnine, Isaac Hayes, Adrienne Barbeau, and Harry Dean Stanton.

Set in 1997, Manhattan Island has been converted into the country's maximum-security prison. Air Force One is hijacked by terrorists and is purposely crashed in New York City. Ex-soldier and current federal prisoner Snake Plissken (Russell) is given just 24 hours to go in and rescue the president of the United States.

Considered a cult classic, it received positive reviews from critics and was a commercial success. I am going to back and listen to the podcast, but I don't recommend the film. There is an odd scene in the middle of the movie where it sounds like Russell is doing a Clint Eastwood impersonation.

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