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New York, 1997, is an island prison where criminals and misfortunates exist in a brutal state of anarchic self-rule. After Air Force One crash-lands in Manhattan, the U.S. President (Donald Pleasence) is taken hostage by an ambitious gang lord (Isaac Hayes). Former Special Forces commando and current convict Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is offered a chance at freedom if he can rescue the president. John Carpenter's visionary action-adventure casts a long shadow over the high-concept, effects-driven blockbusters that Hollywood has churned out over the decades since, the majority of which are nowhere near as entertaining as this scrappy romp. With Ernest Borgnine, Lee Van Cleef, Harry Dean Stanton, Adrienne Barbeau and Season Hubley. DIR/SCR John Carpenter; SCR Nick Castle; PROD Larry J. Franco, Debra Hill. U.S., 1981, color, 99 min. RATED R

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John Carpenter
99 Minutes