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Escape From New York

Released 1981
Distributor Avco Embassy

About Escape From New York

John Carpenter’s 1981 film was conceived as a political parable in the mid-seventies (with Watergate as his inspiration) but the resulting movie dropped most of the social commentary and focused instead on tongue-in-cheek sci-fi thrills with a comically taciturn Kurt Russell (doing his best Clint Eastwood impression) as grizzled anti-hero Snake Plissken. Boosted by its rogue’s gallery of classic character actors like Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine and Donald Pleasance, Carpenter’s film was a good-sized hit, spawning a sequel, Escape from L.A., released in 1996.

 

 

About Neil Marshall

Neil Marshall is a genre film-maker from the North of England. His features include Dog Soldiers, The Descent and Centurion. He's most recently directed the 'Blackwater' episode of Game of Thrones, and the first episode of the Michael Bay produced pirate show Black Sails.