Escape from New York (1981)

Genres - Action, Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Sci-Fi Action, Escape Film  |   Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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The year is 1997. Manhattan Island is now a heavily guarded maximum-security prison, where the scum of the earth have converged. When Air Force One crash-lands in Manhattan, the president (Donald Pleasence) is held hostage by its denizens. One-eyed mercenary Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is strong-armed into rescuing the chief executive. He is aided, not always willingly, by a tough gal (Adrienne Barbeau) and a manic cab driver (Ernest Borgnine). Escape from New York was followed by a sequel of sorts in 1996, Escape From L.A., again starring Kurt Russell.

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anti-hero, mercenary, mission [quest], President, rescue, captive, prison, escape