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Escape from New York


John Carpenter

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About the Movie

Kurt Russell stars in this high-velocity sci-fi action-thriller from director John Carpenter. In a world ravaged by crime, the entire island of Manhattan has been converted into a prison which houses the world's most brutal inmates, and when the President of the United States crash lands inside, only one man can bring him back: notorious outlaw Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell). But time is short: in 24 hours, an explosive charge planted inside Snake's body will end the mission - and his life - unless he succeeds.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 56
  • Fresh: 48
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It's a toughly told, very tall tale, one of the best escape (and escapist) movies of the season. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: A solidly satisfying actioner. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: It has got an intriguing premise, an effective cast, and it has been expertly mounted. – Arthur Knight, Hollywood Reporter, Jul 10, 2017

Fresh: 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, Jul 23, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Excellent flick

I remember when I saw this in the theaters. Wish it was for sale :(

Why Not for Sale

Great movie, I want to own it, no need to rent it. Why is it not for sale? Makes no sense.

Escape from New York

Need to buy, iTunes. Great movie, John Carpenter's the man!