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  • Actors: Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi, Stacy Keach, Peter Fonda, Cliff Robertson
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Writers: Kurt Russell, John Carpenter, Debra Hill, Nick Castle
  • Producers: Kurt Russell, Debra Hill
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Jun. 2001
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059H22
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,386 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Snake Plissken, futuristic outlaw of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK fame, enters the island of Los Angeles (after THE earthquake) to retrieve a top-secret weapons device that, in the wrong hands, could destroy the world.


Fifteen years after John Carpenter squandered a great idea on a mediocre movie (Escape from New York), he does it again--this time on the Left Coast. Kurt Russell is back as the terminally cynical one-eyed action hero Snake Plissken who, this time, has been coerced into saving the world in Los Angeles. It's 2013 and L.A. is now an island maximum-security prison off the coast of California. Snake has 10 hours to find a doomsday weapon that's fallen into the hands of revolutionaries before he dies of a virus with which he's been injected. But the action is clumsy and unimaginative: lots of shootouts and very little suspense. Even the bad guys aren't particularly inventive; only Pam Grier, as a transsexual gang leader, strikes any sparks. Russell growls his way through the role but can only blame himself: He cowrote the script with Carpenter. --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve Dilks on 22 Feb. 2013
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John Carpenter and Kurt Russel satirise Hollywood and remake their own film in ESCAPE FROM L.A. This is "Snake" Plisskin doing what Snake does best. All the moves and motifs from the first film are there- dusted down, wheeled out and lazilly rebooted for that '90s L.A. "chic". It works well as a cynical poke in the eye... just how Snake likes it. The action is good and the characters bizarre and insane. What more could you want? Bring on ESCAPE FROM NASHVILLE!!
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A deliciously campy send-up of everything we love to hate about the Left Coast and the entertainment biz. The film was in development for over ten years with a script commissioned in 1985, written by screenwriter Coleman Luck. Carpenter would later describe the script as "too light, too campy".The project remained dormant following that time until the 1994 earthquake and the L.A. riots revived it. Carpenter and Kurt Russell got together to write with their long-time collaborator Debra Hill. Carpenter insists that it was Russell's persistence that allowed the film to be made, since "Snake Plissken was a character he loved and wanted to play again".Principal filming began in December 1995. Carpenter has stated that if he ever did another sequel for the Escape films he would call it Escape from Earth.Russell has also stated that out of all the characters he has done in his career, Snake Plissken is his favorite.Escape from L.A. was a box office bomb, only earning $25,477,365 from its $50 million budget--about as much as its predecessor, but little more than half its significantly higher budget.It was an attempt to satirize the genre while exploiting it: "[Escape from L.A.] has such manic energy, such a weird, cockeyed vision, that it may work on some moviegoers as satire and on others as the real thing."A third sequel was going to be made titled Escape from Earth which would have had Snake escaping Earth after a dark matter experiment resulted in 99% of the Earth's population becoming Zombie like creatures. However, the negative reaction to this film prevented the sequel from being developed. The Plutoxin 7 virus was originally going to be part of the first movie, but was never used. Steve Buscemi took the part in this film to help fund his directorial debut, Trees Lounge. According to an interview with John Carpenter, Kurt Russell not only came up with but wrote the entire ending of the movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave on 8 Mar. 2011
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I love this movie, its not as dark as the original but thats ok. It's a shame there are no more movies with Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken. I did hear they were going to remake EFNY with some other guy in the lead but the whole thing fell through, just as well, wouldn't be the same. Kurt Russell is Snake Plissken in the same way that Sylvester Stallone is Rocky Balboa.

First time I watched it there were lots of little things that just didn't do it for me, like the surfing scene, Pam Greer's role, the Presidents daughter and many other things, but they all grew on me as time went by. The ending is amazing with Snake effectively shutting down the planet and sending us back to the stone age.

Sometimes I'd like to do that myself. :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caligula II. on 27 May 2014
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ESCAPE FROM L.A. is pretty much a carbon copy/remake of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK. A few more cynical puns, a lot more satire (The United States depicted here are probably very much what obama wants the real America to look like).
ESCAPE FROM L.A. is by no means a bad movie, still I'm "only" giving it 3 stars, because it just did not fulfill my high expectations.
First of all, while watching ESCAPE FROM L.A. you get the same overall theme and a LOT of deja vu.
I expected more than just a carbon copy of the original movie. We all know Carpenter has talent, so why???
We get served the exact same things we got in the predecessor. The same incentive (OK no bomb this time, but a virus, still...), save a black box (sound familiar?), Plissken teams up with an old friend (remember Brain?), we get a similar cynical ending. It felt like watching FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 103 or NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET PART 99, only with one defining difference: you expect Jason and Freddy to be the same over and over again. You expect a little more from John Carpenter.
The supporting cast includes Steve Buscemi, Peter Fonda, Pam Grier, Stacy Keach, Michelle Forbes and a cameo of Bruce Campbell (barely recognizable).
3.0 OUT OF 5.0 STARS


Reviewed version: 2001 Paramount UK DVD
Feature running time: 97 mins. (uncut)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 15 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 / 16:9 (anamorphic)
Audio: English 5.1, German 5.1
Subtitles: English, English HoH, Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Swedish and Turkish
Chapters: 27
Extras: Theatrical Trailer
Region: 2

Picture: C
Audio: C+
Extras: F
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alistair McConnachie on 13 April 2009
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This is a clever and crazy film - especially notable, on a basic level, for its wacky special effects which make it look more 1950s than 1990s, and which need to be enjoyed in the spirit of this film.

On a more considered level, there's a lot going on, politically.

Right up to the end, it is not clear on which side John Carpenter is standing - if he is standing anywhere - nor the intended take-home message.

From the start, it is clear that Carpenter is vilifying, among other things, a certain kind of extreme theocratic Christianity. In the USA, that is a hugely political thing to attempt to do. The film bombed at the box-office and perhaps this is part of the reason. The anti-Christian message is pretty well to the fore. For example, the President is portrayed throughout the film as a lunatic who will kill his own daughter - who "needs to pray" and who clutches a Bible. For some people, that will be offensive.

However, we don't find spiritual or ideological refuge in the opposing side either!

The President's opposite number, the leader of the prisoners on Los Angeles island, is a Che Guevara lookalike, called Cuervo Jones - who initially seems like some kind of hip Third World alternative, until we discover that he likes to murder people for fun in the disused sporting arena.

While the prisoners on Los Angeles island are leading a much "freer" existence than the inhabitants of the US mainland - unlike the mainlanders, they can smoke, drink alcohol, eat red meat, own guns and wear fur coats - they are not using their freedom in any constructive way.

For example, on landing on the island, the first thing Snake Plissken finds them doing is machine-gunning each other out of car windows.
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