Escape from L.A. (1996)
Front Cover Actor
Kurt Russell Snake Plissken
Steve Buscemi Map to the Stars Eddie
Stacy Keach Malloy
Peter Fonda Pipeline
Cliff Robertson President
Georges Corraface Cuervo Jones
Peter Jason Duty Sergeant
Jeff Imada Saigon Shadow
A.J. Langer Utopia
Leland Orser Test Tube
Michelle Forbes Brazen
Pam Grier Hershe Las Palmas
Valeria Golino Taslima
Movie Details
Genre Action; Adventure; Sci-Fi; Thriller
Director John Carpenter
Producer Debra Hill; Kurt Russell
Writer John Carpenter; Nick Castle
Studio Paramount
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 1 hr 41 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
Kurt Russell reprises his role as Snake Plissken, of the near-future thriller Escape from New York, in this reworking of that film's basic premise. Instead of New York being a maximum-security prison, this time it's L.A., which through the agency of earthquakes has become an island of the damned. This penal colony is where the film's future rulers, something very like the Moral Majority, send those deemed guilty of "moral crimes." But something has gone wrong in this new moral order, because the President's daughter has absconded to L.A. with a detonation device, and Snake is commandeered to retrieve it. The film's dark dystopia, with its satrical elements taking aim at our dwindling freedoms, and the eclipsing of democracy by narrow interests, are more the subject this time. As a result the action suffers, and the plot devices are sometimes weak and predictable. But just below the surface there is a coiled Snake ready to strike. Steve Buscemi's performance as a weasely hawker of L.A. tour maps is a standout, and the presence of Peter Fonda and Pam Grier adds to the fun. In fact, just the sight of Fonda surfing down the flooded corridor of Sunset Boulevard is reason enough to check this movie out. --Jim Gay
Personal Details
My Rating
Seen It Yes
Viewing Date 3/11/04
Seen Where Home
Index 1156
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 3/13/04
Store Copy
Owner NF
Links IMDB
Amazon US
IMDB
Folder 010
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
UPC 097363324973
Chapters
Release Date 2003
Subtitles Spanish
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby