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|Kurt Russell||Snake Plissken|
|Lee Van Cleef||Police Commissioner Bob Hauk|
|Donald Pleasence||President of the United States|
|Isaac Hayes||The Duke of New York|
|Harry Dean Stanton||Harold 'Brain' Helman|
|Harry Dean Stanton||Brain|
|Season Hubley||Girl in Chock Full O'Nuts|
|Charles Cyphers||Secretary of State|
|Larry J. Franco||Producer|
|Dean Cundey||Director of Photography|
|Todd C. Ramsay||Editor|
|Joe Alves||Production Design|
|Stephen Loomis||Costume Design|
|Alan Howarth||Original Music Composer|
|Jim Lucas||Director of Photography|
|Cloudia Rebar||Set Decoration|
|Todd C. Ramsay||Editing|
"1997. New York City is now a maximum security prison. Breaking out is impossible. Breaking in is insane."
In 1988, crime in the United States increased 400%, so the island of Manhattan was converted into a giant maximum security prison. A 50-foot containment wall surrounds the island, and mines have been placed on all the bridges and tunnels to the island. The surrounding waters are patrolled and no civilians, even prison guards, are allowed to step foot on the island.Nine years later in 1997 during the Third World War, while traveling to a three-way peace summit between the United States, the Soviet Union, and China, Air Force One is hijacked by terrorists. The plane crashes into Manhattan, but the President (Donald Pleasence) makes it to an escape pod and survives. The inmates take him hostage and order all recovery forces to leave Manhattan immediately or they will kill him.Police Commissioner Bob Hauk (Lee Van Cleef) offers a deal to special forces soldier turned criminal "Snake" Plissken (Kurt Russell): If he rescues the president and retrieves a secret cassette tape within 24 hours, Hauk will give him a full pardon. When Plissken reluctantly agrees to attempt the rescue, Hauk has him injected with microscopic explosives that will rupture his carotid arteries in 24 hours. The explosives can only be defused in the last 15 minutes before they detonate, ensuring that Snake does not abandon his mission. If he returns with the President and the tape in time for the summit, Hauk will save him.
Theatrical : 1981-07-10 : United States of America
DVD : 2003-12-16
DVD : 2000-11-21