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Escape from New York Movie

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“Escape from New York” is an 80´s science fiction movie depicting a post apocalyptic United States of America. The world’s most important leader (the USA president) is being kept hostage in the most dangerous place on Earth (New York City prison), the prison-city of New York. It is up to Snake Plissken (Russell) to rescue him.

Escape from New York DVD

DVD Release

The DVD for the movie Escape from New York was released on November 21, 2000 by MGM (Video & DVD) and is rated R.


In the movie Escape from New York the president of the Unites States of America is being held hostage in the city prison of New York by the Duke (Hayes) a dangerous gang leader. In order to save them the police forces send a newly arrived prisoner and former Special Forces Soldier, Snake Plissken (Russell) to save him, in exchange for his freedom.

As always, there is a catch. Snake has 24 hours to succeed or he will be killed by micro explosives that were injected into his blood. He has to put the best out of his wits and abilities to succeed in such a dangerous place and Escape from New York.


Snake Plissken - Kurt Russell
Cabbie - Ernest Bornigne
Isaak Hayes - The Duke of New York
Commissioner Bob Hauk - Lee Van Cleef
President of USA - Donald Pleasence


Although the official poster of the movie Escape from New York depicts the broken head of the Statue of Liberty lying on the street on the film the statue can be seen completely intact.

The only scene actually filmed in New York during the whole Escape from New York filming was the opening dolly shot, which follows a character pass the Statue of Liberty.

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80's Film Facts:

The Movie Escape from New York was released to theatres on 01/01/1981 by Avco Embassy, and grossed $25,244,700 at the box office in the US.

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