Escape From New York Shooting Script (June 10, 1980) (Early Version) (Omitted Scenes) (Special thanks to David Fakrikian)


Plissken Being Chased By Two Helicopters While Driving A Motorcycle (
Bank Robbery Opening Sequence)


INT. ELEVATOR/EXT. DESERT - DAY - PANAGLIDE

The man punches the "ROOF" button. The doors close. The clang of the alarm fades as the elevator rises.

The man rips out of his maintenance uniform. His cap comes off. Long hair underneath. But we still don't see his face. Just pieces of his clothing. A black leather jacket. Boots. Fatique pants.

The doors open. A blast of sunlight. The man dashes out into a bleak, expansive Colorado desert. This is the roof of the underground bank!

CAMERA PANAGLIDES with the man as he races past huge solar domes. He ducks behind a doom. A motorcycle. Futuristic (like a Honda Shadow Classic). CAMERA MOVES IN to the fenderwell. Painted on it is a snake. A cobra. Fangs bared. Forked tongue protruding.

ANOTHER ANGLE - PLISSKEN

As he punches in the computer code and the bike roars to life, CAMERA PULLS BACK to REVEAL SNAKE PLISSKEN. Arrogant, mean and handsome. His left eye is totally black. An eye-patch.

Plissken squeezes the bike into gear and tears away from the solar domes across the desert.

EXT. DESERT TWO-LANE

Plissken speeds across the desert floor to a two-lane highway. From behind the solar domes two thrashing black helicopters rise up in the sky. Like huge, thundering metallic insects. They dip and zoom right for him.

ANGLE DOWN TWO-LANE

Plissken roars by CAMERA, down the two-lane toward a mountain in the distance, becoming a dot.

Suddenly the two helicopters scream by CAMERA, low to the ground, whirling after him!

MOVING SHOT WITH PLISSKEN

CAMERA is on Plissken, in front of him, moving with him. Behind him we see the helicopters closing in.

Closer. Closer. They're right behind him!

Suddenly THE CAMERA and Plissken are plunged into darkness. A tunnel entrance. Behind, through the opening, we see the helicopters turn away. We are in the mountain.

Plissken suddenly veers off to the right.

CIRCULAR UNDERGROUND RAMP (PARKING GARAGE)

Plissken roars down an underground ramp, around and around, deeper and deeper. There are lights in the ceiling. Concrete. Into an open area. A sign on the concrete arch above: "PACIFIC EXPRESS."

INT. UNDERGROUND PARKING GARAGE - PANAGLIDE

Plissken roars off the ramp into a large underground parking garage. Up to an area marked "ESCALATOR." Plissken pulls his bike to a stop and jumps off. He starts running. CAMERA PANAGLIDES with him. He jams the screwdriver into a turnstile. It clicks open. Plissken moves to the escalator.



Shooting Script
(June 10, 1980) (Omitted Scenes)


Newsreel Footage Of Riots With SWAT Teams Moving Through The Streets


BLACK SCREEN.

Silence. Newsreel footage slowly FADES ON. Grainy color. Absolutely real. A riot. Police cars with bubble lights flashing. SWAT teams moving through the streets.

NARRATOR
In 1988, the crime rate in the United States rose four hundred per cent.

A prison riot. The National Guard disperses. Then a street riot. SWAT teams. GUNFIRE. Tear gas. Pandemonium.

NARRATOR
During the Summer War of 1991, fought between the agencies of law enforcement and the criminal element, the United States Police Force was formed. As large and well-equipped as the armed forces, the Police Force won the war.

A large emblem: the American Eagle against a red background. Proud, savage, strong. And in bold letters underneath, THE UNITED STATES POLICE FORCE. CAMERA MOVES IN on the emblem.

NARRATOR
In 1994 there were not enough prisons to harbor the three million plus population of convicted criminals.

CAMERA MOVES IN CLOSER to the eagle.

NARRATOR
In 1995, extreme measures were taken to insure law and order in the United States.

CAMERA MOVES IN to the eye of the eagle, then INTO BLACK.


Two Guards On Liberty Island Having A Conversation About How Many Prisoners The Pilot Who Blew Up The Escape Raft Has Killed


EXT. POLICE COMPLEX (SEPULVEDA DAM) - ANGLE ON HELICOPTER STATUE OF LIBERTY

CAMERA FOLLOWS the helicopter as it moves through the sky, coming off of it to REVEAL the Statue of Liberty. We are on Liberty Island. CAMERA PANS DOWN the Statue. GUARDS are stationed all over it. As CAMERA REACHES ground level we MOVE WITH TWO GUARDS as they walk along. One of the guards is looking up.

GUARD #1
Was that Charly?

GUARD #2
Yeah. Seventeen for Charly. Another month and he'll have a gold badge.

GUARD#1
I believe it's eighteen. Charly's bagged eighteen.

GUARD #2 (considers it)
Yeah, I think you're right. I think it is eighteen.

As they enter a guard station CAMERA CONTINUES TO MOVE, past the station into darkness.


Bob Hauk Talking To Dr. Cronenberg After Hanging Up The Red Phone


INT. CONFERENCE ROOM, OUTER OFFICE - NIGHT


Hauk hangs up. He looks at the Secretary of State, then gets up and quietly walks out the door. CAMERA MOVES WITH HIM into the small outer office.

DR. CRONENBERG, a tall, lanky physician with a worried face, stands up from his chair.

HAUK
Is it ready?

DR. CRONENBERG
Yes, but I can't guarantee...

HAUK (interrupts)
How long will it take?

DR. CRONENBERG
A few seconds. But I'm against using it...

HAUK
I have a directive from Washington.

DR. CRONENBERG
This is an experimental unit, Hauk. I've never tried it on a man...

HAUK
You can test it out.

A POLICE SERGEANT enters the room.

SERGEANT
They just took him in to quarantine.

HAUK
Bring him to my office



Two Cops Rolling Out The GulfFire From A Huge Hangar


EXT. AIRSTRIP - HANGAR - NIGHT

Plissken strides across an empty airstrip. He is still dressed in his own clothes. Leather jacket. Fatique pants. The survival holster is strapped on.

CAMERA MOVES WITH HIM toward a huge hangar. The doors slowly open. Inside, under eerie neon lights, is the GulfFire glider. TWO COPS roll it out of the hangar.



Plissken Running Into The World Trade Center


INT. WORLD TRADE CENTER - NIGHT

The car konks out completely and rolls to a stop. Plissken jumps out. Looks at his watch.

CLOSE ON WRIST WATCH

2:05:34, 33, 32...

ON PLISSKEN

He runs into the World Trade Center