Escape from New York

Escape from New York (1981)

1997. New York City is a walled maximum security prison. Breaking out is impossible. Breaking in is insane.

  • Genre: Science Fiction, Action
  • Release Date: 1981-05-23
  • User Rating: 7.0/10 from 2993 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 39min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: AVCO Embassy Pictures
  • Production Country: United Kingdom, United States of America
  • Director: John Carpenter
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In a world ravaged by crime, the entire island of Manhattan has been converted into a walled prison where brutal prisoners roam. After the US president crash-lands inside, war hero Snake Plissken has 24 hours to bring him back.

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  • 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
  • Season Hubley

    as Girl in Chock Full O'Nuts
  • Harry Dean Stanton

    as Harold 'Brain' Helman
  • Adrienne Barbeau

    as Maggie
  • Tom Atkins

    as Rehme
  • Charles Cyphers

    as Secretary of State
  • Frank Doubleday

    as Romero
  • John Strobel

    as Cronenberg
  • George Buck Flower

    as Drunk
  • John Cothran

    as Gypsy #1
  • Nancy Stephens

    as Stewardess
  • Steven Ford

    as Secret Service #2
  • John Carpenter

    as Secret Service #2 / Helicopter Pilot / Violin Player
  • Jamie Lee Curtis

    as Narrator / Prison Recording Voice (uncredited)
  • Nick Castle

    as Pianist
  • Debra Hill

    as Computer (voice)
  • Ox Baker

    as Slag
  • Joe Unger

    as Taylor
  • Garrett Bergfeld

    as Gypsy #2
  • Wally Taylor

    as Controller
  • Rodger Bumpass

    as Dancer
  • John Diehl

    as Punk
Directing John Carpenter Director
Sound Alan Howarth Original Music Composer
Sound John Carpenter Original Music Composer
Production Debra Hill Producer
Art Cloudia Rebar Set Decoration
Writing John Carpenter Screenplay
Art Joe Alves Production Design
Editing Todd C. Ramsay Editor
Camera Dean Cundey Director of Photography
Production Larry Franco Producer
Writing Nick Castle Screenplay
Costume & Make-Up Stephen Loomis Costume Design
Crew James Cameron Visual Effects Art Director
Crew Dick Warlock Stunt Coordinator
Crew Mike Johnson Stunts
Crew Tony Randel Special Effects Coordinator
Production Barry Bernardi Associate Producer
Production Jake Eberts Executive Producer
Camera Jim Lucas Second Unit Director of Photography
Costume & Make-Up Frankie Bergman Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Ken Chase Makeup Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Benjamin Douglas Makeup Artist
Production Alan Levine Production Manager
Directing Jeffrey Chernov Second Assistant Director
Directing Larry Franco First Assistant Director
Art Eugene Booth Assistant Property Master
Art Lee B. Drygas Swing
Crew Joseph C. Fama Propmaker
Art Arthur Gelb Graphic Designer
Art Serge Genitempo Standby Painter
Art Chris Horner Assistant Art Director
Art Mike May Property Master
Art Marvin Salsberg Construction Foreman
Art Don Sutton Leadman
Art Ed Zingel Painter
Crew Sol Aquino Carpenter
Crew Michael W. Moore Propmaker
Sound Joseph F. Brennan Boom Operator
Sound Thomas Causey Sound Mixer
Sound Carl Fischer Boom Operator
Sound Warren Hamilton Jr. Sound Editor
Sound Gregg Landaker Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Steve Maslow Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound David Ritscher Assistant Sound Editor
Sound Bill Varney Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound David Lewis Yewdall Sound Editor
Sound Nicholas James Foley Editor
Sound Mark A. Mangini Dialogue Editor
Sound Steve Rice Dialogue Editor
Visual Effects Roy Arbogast Special Effects Supervisor
Crew Pat Patterson Special Effects
Crew Eddie Surkin Special Effects
Crew Gary Zink Special Effects
Crew Brian Bevis Special Effects
Crew Kevin Pike Special Effects
Crew David Cronenberg Thanks
Crew James Winburn Stunts
Crew Eddie Hice Stunts
Crew Bob Minor Stunts
Crew Loren Janes Stunts
Crew Tony Brubaker Stunts
Crew Sandra Lee Gimpel Stunts
Crew Roydon Clark Stunts
Crew Buff Brady Stunts
Crew Glory Fioramonti Stunts
Crew Bill Hart Stunts
Crew Kent Hays Stunts
Crew Fred Lerner Stunts
Crew Mags Kavanaugh Stunts
Crew William T. Lane Stunts
Crew Mike H. McGaughy Stunts
Crew John Moio Stunts
Crew Harvey Parry Stunts
Crew Jack Tyree Stunts
Crew George Sawaya Stunts
Crew Jesse Wayne Stunt Double
Crew Ted White Stunts
Crew George P. Wilbur Stunts
Crew Jack Verbois Stunts
Crew Dick Warlock Stunts
Crew Jesse Wayne Stunts
Crew Roy Arbogast Special Effects Coordinator
Visual Effects James Cameron Matte Painter
Visual Effects Jena Holman Matte Painter
Visual Effects Robert Skotak Matte Painter
Visual Effects John C. Wash Visual Effects
Sound Alan Howarth Sound Effects