ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK
- 9:30 ONLY
$7 Member $12.50 Regular
(1981, John Carpenter) Manhattan turns Alcatraz, and when a hijacked Air Force One crashes on the island prison, Kurt Russell's eye-patched outlaw Snake Plissken only has 24 hours to rescue the stranded President (Donald Pleasance) from his criminal captors. But what if time runs out? Approx. 99 min. DCP.
“It feels perfectly positioned between Hollywood’s ’70s-era political cynicism and the dawning age of the blockbuster. The movie proudly wears its affection for crusty Sergio Leone archetypes and countdown-clock suspense sequences; Carpenter was Tarantino long before Tarantino was. The pleasures are right in your face, beginning with the million-dollar idea of turning NYC into a walled-off prison where criminals run free. Even born-and-raised New Yorkers (of which Carpenter was decidedly not) could smile at that histrionic setup; it’s an outsider’s joke made funny by our willingness to be entertained.”
– Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York