Escape From New York

     Catagory: Action

     MPAA Rating: R

     Owned By: Keith

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Movie Details:   John Carpenter is a cinematic virtuoso, and his talents as a writer, director and even composer are all at the forefront of Escape From New York. Given the mere $7 million budget, the film is a technical achievement as well as a testament to Carpenter's ingenuity. These were the days before computer generated special effects: the aerial city view, for example, was an actual physical model that Carpenter painted and filmed there's nothing digital about it. At the time, Kurt Russell was best known for his roles in family films, and it's safe to say that Escape sent his career in a more profitable direction. His growly performance as the eye-patched Snake Plissken is one of the more memorable cinematic bad-guy heroes. For all its strengths, the film has a rather slow pace and never really develops much suspense, even in the action sequences. Regardless, there are many great scenes and images here; the view of the unlit, desolate New York City skyline is particularly memorable. In the years since its release, the film has gained a solid cult following and given rise to many imitators, particularly on the Italian filmmaking scene.