Escape from New York

Escape from New York (1981)

1997. New York City Is Now a 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 2855 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 the future, crime is out of control and New York City's Manhattan is a maximum security prison. Grabbing a bargaining chip right out of the air, convicts bring down the President's plane in bad old Gotham. Gruff Snake Plissken, a one-eyed lone warrior new to prison life, is coerced into bringing the President, and his cargo, out of this land of undesirables.

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