Escape from New York

Escape from New York

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Kurt Russell is Snake Plissken, the eye-patched badass and ex-con forced to rescue the president from the maximum security prison known as Manhattan Island, in John Carpenter's action sci-fi classic set in the apocalyptic future of 1997.

1981Rating: R16, Violence99 minsUSA
ActionScience FictionThrillerClassic

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Escape from New York | Reviews

85%68 reviews

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

The sound mix, until the finale, is rarely louder than Snake's elbow busting out an old windowpane.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

It has got an intriguing premise, an effective cast, and it has been expertly mounted.

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Variety

Variety

Although execution doesn't quite live up to the fabulous premise, Escape from New York is a solidly satisfying actioner.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The film plays its social satire broad but strings it along a rail of self-awareness.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

1997 is the year in which the film's events are set, but far from being a bright, progressive future, it is a hyperbolic deterioration of 1981's here and now.

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Escape from New York | Release Details

Escape from New York is available to stream in New Zealand now on Academy On Demand and AroVision.