Escape from New York

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Wanting to combine the best elements of action and science fiction movies, director John Carpenter knew he would need to cast the lead in "Escape from New York" -- former military man turned renegade, Snake Plissken -- with somebody who could convey the invincibility, toughness and brutality needed in a badass antihero. The studio suggested Charles Bronson. Having been traumatized by years of bad Disney films, however, Carpenter had other ideas. He thought, "Here's a guy who survived 'The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes' and 'The Barefoot Executive' -- now this guy must be tough."

If an average person meets Charles Bronson in a dark alley in the middle of the night, he thinks to himself, "This guy is going to stomp me." If an average person meets Kurt Russell in a dark alley in the middle of the night, he thinks to himself, "I could beat this guy to death with a piece of string cheese."

Nevertheless, when the President's (Donald Pleasance) plane goes down and he's captured by the Duke (Isaac Hayes), police chief Bob Hauk (Lee Van Cleef) sends Kurt Russell in to go get him. In the process, Snake meets Cabbie (Ernet Borgnine) and runs into his old friend Brain (Harry Dean Stanton) who, with the help of his woman Maggie (Adrienne Barbeau), leads Snake to the President.

However, the premise of the film is ridiculous from the onset -- the year is 1997 and Manhattan has been turned into a prison camp. This utopian vision of the Big Apple's future hurts the credibility of the movie throughout.

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If you saw a homeless man bleeding to death...

Dan_in_Cincinnati's picture

... on the sidewalk, you would call 911 right?

Can you think of any scenario where you wouldn't? 

How about if you hate homeless people?

In NYC a homeless man was stabbed when he tried to help a woman who was being attacked.  He lay on the sidewalk bleeding for over an hour while many people walked past him.  None called 911.  He died.

{;-) Dan in Miami

PS:  I don't like homeless people.  I used to live in an apartment building near the biggest homeless shelter in Miami.  Every day these people would pester me for money.  Now I am asking myself if I would have done anything to help this guy.


That's a Jesus question if there ever was one

Rajah's picture

I would hope most of us would stop and help or at least call 911. What I think happens to people who live in big cities is they pretend not to see the homeless, that's somebody else's problem. It's like that spaceship in The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. The alien would turn on the "somebody else's problem field" and people would avoid looking at it because it was somebody else's problem. It's as good as being invisible.

Was the blood visible?

Dan_in_Cincinnati's picture

If you can see blood you call 911.  If you don't you probably walk right by the guy laying on the sidewalk.  Many homeless people sleep on the sidewalk in this NYC neighborhood.  If you have never lived in a neighborhood like that, you may not understand why those people walked right by him as if he didn't exist.

{;-) Dan in Miami

PS:  We live in a country with discos for dogs and the mentally ill sleep on the sidewalks. 

PPS:  If a stray dog creates a public nuisance we put it in the animal shelter.

PPPS:  If crazy people create a public nuisance we don't institutionalize them anymore.  Personally I think institutionalization is for the good of the public and not necessarily for the good of the mentally ill.


Adrienne Barbeau

RidingFool's picture

and her naked breasts would have turned that snooze-fest into quite the adventure flick. Too bad she never showed 'em.

New Yorkers suddenly realize NYC sucks

Dan_in_Cincinnati's picture


NEW YORK—At 4:32 p.m. Tuesday, every single resident of New York City decided to evacuate the famed metropolis, having realized it was nothing more than a massive, trash-ridden hellhole that slowly sucks the life out of every one of its inhabitants.

With audible murmurs of "This is no way to live," "What the hell am I doing here—I hate it here," and "Fuck this place. Fuck this horrible place," all 8.4 million citizens in each of the five boroughs packed up their belongings and told reporters they would rather blow their brains out with a shotgun than spend another waking moment in this festering cesspool of filth and scum and sadness.


"This place sucks," Manhattan resident Woody Allen, 74, told reporters. "It just f***ing sucks.",18003/


{;-) Dan in Miami


PS:  This could be very bad for South Florida.  8.4 million New Yorkers descending from the north might raise rents and lead to even more bagel shops and disgust the reactionary right wing Cuban-Americans to the extent that they moved back to Cuba.  Well OK, it might not be all bad.

Thank God

RidingFool's picture

not a one has heard of Canada.

I wonder

RidingFool's picture

if she was heading home from the bar, or to Floriduh. Where's video when we really need it?


An Oklahoma woman has been killed by a riding lawnmower.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 50-year-old Connie Spence of Francis was riding the lawnmower down a city street when she hit a pothole about 10:15 p.m. Friday and was thrown off. Investigators say the six-speed, 12.5 horsepower, 38-inch mower then ran over Spence, killing her.

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