Breaking out is impossible. Breaking in is insane. Join Snake Plissken on a death-defying mission to Manhattan in John Carpenter’s 1981 classic Escape from New York!
In the “futuristic” year of 1997, all five boroughs that make up New York City have been transformed into one giant prison. When Air Force One crashes in Manhattan, the president (Donald Pleasence) is held for ransom by a group of violent inmates. Promised his freedom if he accomplishes his goal, former soldier-turned-mercenary Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is sent into this veritable hell on Earth and given twenty-hour hours to get the president out alive.
Escape from New York is the final film in our lineup of classic films directed by acclaimed genre filmmaker John Carpenter. Carpenter’s grim, dystopian version of Manhattan is filled with 70s and 80s genre icons, including Adrienne Barbeau, Harry Dean Stanton, Tom Atkins, and Lee Van Cleef.
Directed by John Carpenter. 1981. Rated R. 99 minutes.
Friday, November 23rd – 2pm, 5pm, 7:30pm, 10pm
Saturday, November 24th – 10pm
“The movie proudly wears its affection for crusty Sergio Leone archetypes and countdown-clock suspense sequences; Carpenter was Tarantino long before Tarantino was.” – Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out
“It’s a toughly told, very tall tale, one of the best escape (and escapist) movies.” – Vincent Canby, New York Times
“It has got an intriguing premise, an effective cast, and it has been expertly mounted.” – Arthur Knight, Hollywood Reporter