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Escape from New York

1981 Action, Science Fiction


In 1997, the island of Manhattan has been walled off and turned into a giant maximum security prison within which the country's worst criminals are left to form their own anarchic society. However, when the President of the United States crash lands on the island, the authorities turn to a former so...

Directed by

John Carpenter

Written by

John Carpenter (Screenplay)
Nick Castle (Screenplay)


99 minutes


United States of America




Kurt Russell
as Snake Plissken
Lee Van Cleef
as Police Commissioner Bob Hauk
Ernest Borgnine
as Cabbie
Donald Pleasence
as President of the United States
Isaac Hayes
as The Duke of New York
Harry Dean Stanton
as Harold 'Brain' Helman
Adrienne Barbeau
as Maggie
Tom Atkins
as Rehme


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