Escape From New York >
AKA: John Carpenter's Escape From New York
Runtime: 99 min
16 (original rating)/Sweden:
Germany: 16 (w)/Singapore:
August 04, 1980 - October 09, 1980
Avco-Embassy Pictures Corp. 1981
By 1997, the island of Manhattan has been turned into a maximum security prison
for the worst criminals in the USA. When the President's aircraft crashes on the
island and he's taken hostage by the self-styled Duke of New York, the
authorities send war hero turned criminal Snake Plissken in to get him out.
The world's greatest leader is a
hostage in the most dangerous place on Earth. Now only the deadliest man alive
can save him.
1997. New York City is now a
maximum security prison. Breaking out is impossible. Breaking in is insane.
New York City has Become the Only
Maximum Security Prison for the Entire Country. Once You go In, You don't Come
Out... Until Today.
1997. New York city is now a maximum security prison. Breaking out is
impossible. Breaking in is insane.
Film negative format
(mm/video inches): 35 mm
Cinematographic process: Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed film format: 35 mm
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Color: Color (Metrocolor)
Sound Mix: Dolby
Opening Weekend: $4,162,000 (USA) (12 July, 1981) (579 Screens)
Australia: AUD 1,444,000 (1981)
Hong Kong: HKD 1,864,842 (1982)
Italy: ITL 2,825,000,000 (1982)
Sweden: SEK 8,534,336
West Germany: €9,458,900 (1981)
West Germany: 2,653,541
Spain: 26 October, 1981 (Madrid)
Mexico: 19 November, 1981
Greece: 04 December, 1981
Turkey: April, 1982
Brazil: 20 May, 1982
Belgium: 22 September (Gent)
France: January, 1999 (Travelling Festival de
Cinema de Rennes)
Italy: November, 1999 (Turin Film Festival)
2002 (Gérardmer Fantasticarts Film Festival)
2008 (Film4 FrightFest)
Awards and Nominations
1982, Production Design: Joe Alves (Apex Scroll)
1982, Achievment In Sound Effects (Apex Scroll) (Fennecus Award)
1982, Achievment In Stunt Co-ordination (Fennecus Award)
1982, Best Costums: Stephen Loomis (Saturn Award) (Nominated)
1982, Best Director: John Carpenter (Saturn Award) (Nominated)
1982, Best Make-Up: Ken Chase (Saturn Award) (Nominated)
1982, Best Science Fiction Film (Saturn Award) (Nominated)
Fuga De New York/Escape De New York
Austria: Die Klapperschlange
New York 1997
Brazil: Fuga de Nova York/Nova Iorque 1997
Бягство от Ню Йорк
Canada (French Title): New York 1997
Croatia: Bijeg Iz
Flugtaktion New York/Flugten fra New York
Finland: Pako New Yorkista
France: New York 1997
Germany: Die Klapperschlange
από τη Νέα Υόρκη
Hungary: Menekülés New Yorkból
Israel: Briha M'New-York, Ha- (Hebrew Title)
Italy: 1997: Fuga da New York
Escape de Nueva York
Norway: Flukten fra New York
Poland: Ucieczka z Nowego Jorku
Portugal: Nova York 1997
Побег из Нью - Йорка
Bekstvo iz Njujorka
Spain: 1997: Rescate en Nueva York
Sweden: Flykten från New York
Turkey: New York'tan Kaçis
Carpenter's Escape from New York (Complete Title)
Venezuela: Escape de Nueva York
Thoát khỏi New York
Factual errors: While briefing Hauk
about "David 14," Rehme says the jet is "Seven miles out and closing." Even at a
leisurely 300mph (the cruising speed of the Convair 580 aircraft the Air Force
One model was based on), the plane would have reached them in under a minute and
a half. Yet they have plenty of time to get to the control center and ID the
aircraft before it even crosses the river.
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: The
American flag on the right-hand side of Air Force One's tail is not reversed. In
reality it would have the stars in the upper right to represent a real flag
moving forward. However, the flag could have been changed in the alternate
history within the movie.
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: The
President is clearly British. In order to qualify for US presidency you must be
a natural-born US citizen and have lived in the US for 14 years, but he could
have been born in the US and grown up in the UK, moving back as an adult, or
even born abroad to US parents.
Continuity: When the USPF initially
go into New York immediately after Air Force One crashes, helicopter 3 is shown
landing, and a large chunk of the sticky back black plastic used to create its
USPF livery is peeling off and missing from the tail section, revealing the
green US Army livery underneath. (The UH1 Huey used in this scene was on loan
from the Missouri National Guard.) When it takes off again a few moments later,
the tail is back to perfect black.
Actor Lee Van Cleef (Bob Hauk) mispronounces Black Flight (the Special Forces
unit Snake served in) to Black Lights
during his first meeting with Snake. Black Flight
is clearly in the script.
Continuity: Snake's time limit was
stated as 22 hours, but his Master Life Clock started at 22:59:57, or 23 hours.
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: At
the start, the scientist tells Snake they cannot neutralize the explosion until
15 minutes before the deadline. In other words, it can be neutralized anywhere
from 15 minutes to a fraction of a second before the deadline, but no sooner.
Therefore, it is OK that Snake lets the timer run down to 6 seconds.
Continuity: After Snake takes off in
the glider, Charles Cyphers is seen in the control room wearing a shirt and tie.
In the next shot, he is wearing a suit jacket, which he then takes off. He wears
the shirt and tie for the remainder of the scene.
Factual Errors: When Snake lands on
top of the World Trade Center tower, his altimeter indicates less than 200. The
tower was over 1300 feet.
Continuity: When Snake first
receives a signal on the President's Life Signs transponder, he radios Hauk then
checks his mission timer. The timer reads 18:50:18 (and counts down to :14
seconds). As the scene is fading (at the :14 sec. mark), the timer changes to
Continuity: Air Force One is shown
in flight as an aircraft with engines mounted at the back either side of the
tail. The wreckage on the ground and the computer image on the USPF computer as
it crashes are of a 737 type aircraft with the engines mounted on the wings.
Continuity: The interiors shots of
the plane before the crash are from a wide-body airliner. However, the wrecked
fuselage seen on the ground is not a wide-body.
Revealing mistakes: Walls in the
"Chock full o' Nuts" building are clearly made of Styrofoam.
Revealing mistakes: During the
sequence where Snake is being chased by the Crazies (and is about to shoot an
oval pattern in a wall so he can break through), his eye patch shifts enough to
reveal a perfectly good eye.
Continuity: When Cabbie takes Snake
to see Brain, Maggie answers the door. She goes inside first. Snake follows her
and Cabbie goes in last, shutting the door behind him. But now in the indoor
shot, Cabbie and Snake are in front and Maggie is way behind them.
When Snake gets into the LTD after knocking out the driver, you can see
the bars in the windows jiggle revealing them to be rubber. This is especially
noticeable in the shot from the front of the car.
Continuity: When Snake drives the
station wagon through the gauntlet of convicts on Broadway, they pelt the car
thoroughly with broken bricks. Immediately afterwards we see the vehicle from
several angles, filthy but not actually dented.
Errors in geography: The scene at
the train station is clearly not in New York. The city's two rail stations,
Pennsylvania Station and Grand Central Terminal both have their tracks located
below ground level.
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When
The Duke is shooting at the handcuffed President, we hear the sound of very
loud, echoing gunfire even though he is conspicuously using Snake's submachine
gun equipped with a rather large silencer.
Continuity: Toward the end, the
helicopter lands just outside the prison walls, and it's broad daylight. The
rest of the film takes place at night, even though the times given indicate
clearly that the helicopter landed only moments before the subsequent action.
Crew or equipment visible: You can
see a crew member giving Isaac Hayes a "stand-up" cue quite visibly in the left
side of the screen when The Duke is quieting the Grand Central Station crowd.
Errors in geography: New York's 59th
St Bridge is referred to as the "69th St Bridge." Here is the story:
The 69th Street Bridge was invented by John Carpenter since they could not stop
the ten-lane, double-decker traffic of the George Washington Bridge and could not
afford to rebuild it somewhere else. The 69th Street Bridge was built somewhere
between 1980 and 1997 and Debra Hill suggested calling it the Richard N. Nixon
Memorial, or even the John B. Anderson Memorial, but that was before the
In a later interview John Carpenter claimed naming it the 69th Street Bridge was
a cheap adolescent joke.
In a more recent interview John Carpenter claims he did not know New
York that well and that it was meant to be the
59th St. (Ed Koch Queensboro)
Revealing mistakes: When Brain stabs
Romero in the storeroom and lowers him to the floor, Romero drops the last few
inches and Brain is left holding the "knife" but you can see there is no blade.
Continuity: Baseball bat falls off
the head of the gladiator, but is back again in subsequent shots.
Continuity: In the gladiators' ring,
Snake cripples his opponent with a spiked club hammered into the lower abdomen
and genitals. Very rapidly Snake wrenches it out to strike him in the back of
the head, killing him. The now-dead opponent is leaning on the rail lines, and
we can see the pale colored floor. No blood.
Crew or equipment visible: Crew
fingers visible closing elevator door after failed escape run to glider. Seen on
widescreen DVD edition.
Factual errors: As The Duke drives
his car toward Maggie on the bridge, she fires her six shot revolver seven times
at the car.
Continuity: Right before Snake's
fight with The Duke at the end of the film, he watches his timer which says
00:01:32. Then after the President shoots the Duke and Snake gets the
micro-bombs deactivated he waits for 10 seconds and watches his timer which
reads 00:00.02. However the time elapsing between the two times he checks his
timer is 00:02:08, but according to what we see on the timer in the film only
00:01:30 should have past.
Continuity: When the President
shoots The Duke, the cable to bring Snake up from the city is clearly under the
railings; but when Snake reaches the top, the cable is over the top railing.
Continuity: When the bombs in
Snake's arteries are deactivated, he raises his right hand to his left wrist to
display the time on his countdown clock. When we see a close-up of the clock as
time runs out, Snake's right hand is not there. But when we switch back to the
previous view, his right hand is still pressed against the clock.