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Year
1981
Runtime
99 min.
Director
John Carpenter
Genres
Action, Sci-Fi
Rating *
7.2
Votes *
53,339
Checks
12,299
Favs
674
Dislikes
96
Favs/checks
5.5% (1:18)
Favs/dislikes
7:1
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  1. Pratsy's avatar

    Pratsy

    The name's Plissken. 6 years 10 months ago
  2. caley's avatar

    caley

    Truly excellent movie. One of the most fun I've ever seen. Keep 2 things in mind while watching it: "These sets are soooo good" and "C'mon, Isaac Hayes is the bad guy and drives a car with lamps welded onto the hood, how can it possibly be bad?" 7 years 10 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    John Carpenter's Escape from New York has a strong hook, efficiently setting up its world where Manhattan is a prison in the far-flung future of 1997, and Kurt Russell's iconic Snake Plissken is a cool, badass urban version of Mad Max trying to get to the unscrupulous president of the USA whose plane was shot down over New York. But Carpenter's action is so limply directed that he almost immediately drops the ball. The movie is sluggish, the music doesn't support the action, and the action beats are either confusing or failed to get this viewer's heart rate up. Take the bit where Snake is driving a car through Broadway, something supposedly dangerous, but it's a slow crawl as gang bangers ineffectually throw bricks at the car... The star power in this flick just barely keeps it afloat at times, and the dark cynical ending is strong, but another pass through an editing suite might actually have been needed. I was expecting more from this cult classic. 2 years 2 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #33 in Action! The Action Movie A-Z
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  2. This movie ranks #40 in The Deuce Top 20
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  3. This movie ranks #52 in The 100 Greatest Sci-Fi Movies
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  4. This movie ranks #136 in 500 Essential Cult Movies
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