Escape from New York Pin-up FRAMED # 1 Snake Plissken Kurt Russell


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Escape from New York is a 1981 American science fiction action film co-written, co-scored, and directed by John Carpenter. The film is set in a then-near future 1997 in a crime-ridden United States that has converted Manhattan Island in New York City into a maximum security prison. Ex-soldier Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is given 22 hours to find the President of the United States, who has been captured by prisoners after the crash of Air Force One.

Carpenter wrote the film in the mid-1970s as a reaction to the Watergate scandal. After the success of Halloween, he had enough influence to get the film made and shot most of it in St. Louis, Missouri. The film is co-written with Nick Castle, who already collaborated with Carpenter previously by portraying Michael Myers in the 1978 film Halloween.

The film’s total budget was estimated to be $6 million. It was a commercial hit, grossing $25,244,700. It has since become a cult film.

In the 1980s, the crime rate in the United States had increased 400% above 1979 levels, so, in 1988, following a huge natural disaster, the island of Manhattan was evacuated and turned into a giant maximum-security prison in which all inmates serve a life sentence, as prisoners sent inside are never released, they can opt for an assisted suicide prior to imprisonment in order to be spared from the inevitable lawlessness and violence. A 50-foot (15 m) containment wall surrounds the island and many of Manhattan’s bridges and tunnels have either been dismantled or are covered with mines to prevent anyone escaping from the prison. The surrounding waters are patrolled and no civilians, not even prison guards, are allowed to set foot on the island.

The same year, the Cold War had erupted into a Third World War. However, the late 1990s have seen lessened fighting and more willingness by all sides to negotiate. In 1997, while traveling to a three-way peace summit between the United States, the Soviet Union, and the People’s Republic of China, Air Force One is hijacked by terrorists. The plane crashes into Manhattan, but the President (Donald Pleasence) makes it to an escape pod and survives. A security force is dispatched to track the President, only to be met by an underling of the “Duke of New York” (Isaac Hayes), who warns them that the “Duke” has taken the President hostage and that they have 24 hours to meet their sole demand; to allow all the Manhattan inmates access to the mainland. Should this not be granted, the President will be executed. Checkmated, the security forces withdraw from Manhattan.

New York Police Commissioner Bob Hauk (Lee Van Cleef) offers a deal to a U.S special forces soldier turned rebel “Snake” Plissken (Kurt Russell), who was convicted of attempting to rob the Federal Reserve: If Snake rescues the President and retrieves a cassette tape containing a vital speech within 24 hours, Hauk will give him a full pardon. When Plissken reluctantly agrees to attempt the rescue, Hauk has him injected with a “booster” he says is to fend off disease, but the tech performing the injection forces Hauk to reveal the injection implanted microscopic explosives that will rupture his carotid arteries within 24 hours. The explosives can only be defused in the last 15 minutes before they detonate, ensuring that Snake does not abandon his mission. If he returns with the President and the tape in time for the summit, Hauk will save him from his death by neutralizing the explosives with X-rays.

Russell described his character as “a mercenary, and his style of fighting is a combination of Bruce Lee, The Exterminator, and Darth Vader, with Eastwood’s vocal-ness.” All that matters to Snake, according to the actor, is “the next 60 seconds. Living for exactly that next minute is all there is.” Russell used a rigorous diet and exercise program in order to develop a lean and muscular build. He also endeavored to stay in character between takes and throughout the shooting, as he welcomed the opportunity to get away from the “lightweight” Disney comedies he had done previously. He did find it necessary to remove the eyepatch between takes, as wearing it constantly seriously affected his depth perception.

On March 18, 2013, Joel Silver and his studio company Silver Pictures teamed with StudioCanal to reboot the film as a trilogy, starting with an origin story in a fashion similar to the way Rise of the Planet of the Apes restarted that franchise. On March 24, 2013, it was announced British actors Jason Statham and Tom Hardy were two of the potential actors in consideration for the role of Snake Plissken. On February 10, 2014, Collider interview Silver about the film saying that the film’s script is inspired by the video game Batman: Arkham City.46 On August 28, 2014, Starlog reports that Charlie Hunnam, Jon Bernthal and Dan Stevens are the front runners for Snake but On September 1, 2014, Stevens has denied about the role.

Kurt Vogel Russell (born March 17, 1951) is an American actor. His first acting roles were as a child in television series, including a lead role in the Western series The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (1963–64). In the 1970s, he signed a ten-year contract with the Walt Disney Company, where he became, according to Robert Osborne, the “studio’s top star of the ’70s”. In 1979, Russell was nominated for an Emmy Award for the made-for-television film Elvis.

In 1983, he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for his performance opposite Meryl Streep in the 1984 film, Silkwood. During the 1980s, Russell was cast in several films by director John Carpenter, including anti-hero roles such as former army hero-turned robber Snake Plissken in the futuristic action film Escape from New York and its sequel, Escape from L.A., Antarctic helicopter pilot R.J. MacReady in the horror film The Thing (1982), and truck driver Jack Burton in the dark kung-fu comedy/action film Big Trouble in Little China (1986), all of which have since become cult films.

In 1994, Russell had a starring role in the military science fiction film Stargate. In the mid-2000s, his portrayal of U.S. Olympic hockey coach Herb Brooks in Miracle (2004) won the praise of critics. In 2006, he appeared in the disaster-thriller Poseidon, and in 2007 Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof segment from the film Grindhouse.

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