Snaaake Plissken. I've heard of you...
Welcome to the ultimate Escape from New York fan page, this website is dedicated to one of the greatest cult films ever made. Since 1981 when the film first opened in theaters, fans of the post apocalyptic films have been facinated by the dark and realistic vision that director John Carpenter had for the future of humanity. He also brought to life the most bad ass charcter ever, Snake Plissken, played by Kurt Russell. We have a deep admiration for what Snake stands for in a world that has gone absolutely insane, his integrtity and honor in the face of a crumbled America speak volumes as to his character. He does what's right when it benefits him, and he doesn't take any shit from anyone, and at the same time can show compassion. Those are pretty good rules to live by in any past, present, or future. We hope you enjoy this website, it will constantly be updated with photo's and information for those fans out there who love Escape from New York as much as we do. Enjoy...
Computer graphic showing all the best take out spots in New York City.
"Breaking out is impossible. Breaking in is insane!" This fact is exclaimed right on the movie poster for the classic Sci-Fi thriller “Escape from
The President of the United States played by Donald Pleasance of Halloween fame, is on his way to the Hartford Summit meeting with cassette tape (How 80’s) containing very important information vital to the survival of the human race. Air force 1 is high jacked by very disgruntled terrorists who then crash the airliner into a building inside the perimeter of
We then see the arrival of everybody's favorite bad ass anti-hero "Snake Plissken" played by Kurt Russell. An ex Special Forces war veteran turned criminal mastermind. He fought for his country in
After robbing the Federal Reserve Depository in
Snake was being escorted through the Security Control Center and was about to be processed to enter the prison when he was intercepted by the duty sergeant and brought to the Police Commissioner "Bob Hauk" played by spaghetti western tough guy Lee Van Kleef. Hauk, who is also ex Special Forces himself, and offers Snake a full Presidential pardon to go into
Snake takes off in the Gulf Fire and flies toward the prison in just an awesome piece of movie making. The special effects in this scene are just marvelous blend of models, matt paintings and actual footage. The simulated computer graphics inside the glider were cutting edge back then, and still hold up nicely today. In my opinion they look more realistic than any CGI effect I have ever scene in today’s movies. James Cameron was the wizard behind the curtain, and made the effects in Escape just stand out.
Original storyboard drawing ( 1 ) Matte painting by James Cameron ( 1 )
Original storyboard drawing ( 2 ) Matte painting by James Cameron ( 2 )
The best meter free parking spot in New York
Once on the roof of the Trade Center Snake would descend on the streets of
There was a lot of cinematic slight of hand in putting scenes together; one in particular was right at the beginning of the movie. There is the scene when Rheme played by Tom "Thrill Me” Atkins is walking to a security booth on
Above is the movie poster for the movie, it just happens to be my favorite movie poster ever, even though it makes no sense at all that Lady Liberty's head is smack in the middle of the street, that would've sucked big time during rush hour traffic. The inmates chasing Snake & company look like The Village People holding, axes, bats, clubs and many other cool weapons that could be had by looting the neighborhood five & dime just down the street.
Escape from New York was just one of those movies where timing was everything, with the state of world affairs in termoil and New York city being the epicenter of filth it was the perfect time to make this film. You either liked it,or hated it. I absolutely loved it and I went to the movies in 1981 not knowing a single thing about it. I went to see the movie "Tron", which was the first movie in a double feature that I saw that day. Tron was an incredible movie in it's own right,but I have never seen anything like Escape from new York before. At thirteen years old I have never seen an R rated movie before. Then the coolest charcter in the universe came on the screen and was so bad ass and he cursed. "I don't give a fuck about your war, or your President." Just they way he said it and how he owned the screen was awesome. I knew I was in for a hell of a ride when he took off in the glider and was set to land on the roof of the World Trade Center! The effects were mind blowing and still manage to impress me every time I see it.
The mucic was incredible facet of this movie as well. John Carpenter sure knew how to score a movie and he did an awesome job on Escape, the music is intense,eerie and showed the urgencey of the situation like no other movie that I can remember. John Carpenter was truly a master,unfortunately he seemed to have lost his touch somewhere along the road and starting spewing out really bad movies like Ghost's of Mars and most regretably Escape from L.A. I believe that he waited way too long for another Escape movie and really should have made the next one when he was filming "Big Trouble in Little China". A charcter like Snake doesn't come along very often and you have to strike while the iron is hot. Debra Hill was the driving force behing Escape and had several projects in the works including a short lived comic book and video game when she passed away from cancer. May God rest her soul. I guess that an Escape franchise was not to be and that is a real shame, there is just so much potential there.
Here are two photographs that are most likely publicity shots of an Indian sneaking up behind Snake with a garrote; one actually shows him putting it around his neck. Set photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker confirmed that the scene was in fact shot because she took the pictures.
It's a shame that this footage is probably lost forever, along with others scenes rumored to have been shot as well. There are other pictures that have appeared on German lobby cards of Snake running away from the World Trade Center, this photo also made it’s way into an issue of Starlog Magazine. There is also a companion shot in this set of Lobby cards that shows a gang of thugs chasing after him.
You can easily tie up what it says in the novelization about the above mentioned scene and the visuals in the lobby cards and publicity stills, as concrete proof that the scene where Snake gets jumped inside the W.T.C had actually been shot. There is another picture of Snake running outside the building that was used as Madison Square Garden in the movie in the scene where he fights “Slag” played by wrestler "Ox" Baker. This photo depicts what happens right after Snake leaves the arena on his way to the W.T.C.
It’s a shame that in the age before DVD’s with special features chocked full of extra’s including tons of deleted scenes and actor commentaries, that better cataloging wasn’t inherent in movies like Escape from New York. Take Star Wars for instance, there are entire warehouses full of archival material for the original trilogy and scores of books with reference photo’s in an encyclopedia style format available everywhere. There is not a whole lot available anywhere when it comes to Escape from New York. Very rarely does something show up on Ebay that might raise an eyebrow,or two. There have been the little model's of buildings that were used in the film, and on occasion original, or copies os storyboard drawings and a diagram of the Chain of Rocks bridge in St. Louis which doubled for the 59th street bridge in the movie. Other than that it seems that the well is not that deep. That is what made searching for the jacket and the rest of the props that Russell used in the film so damn hard.
The boots were probably the hardest thing to identify, as no good photographs exist showing the details of the the most awesome footwear ever to grace the silver screen. For years people thought that the boots were Alpine Stars because of the metal shin plates that are the first thing you can make out on Snake's boots. Another misconception was that they were probably Sidi Fullbores.
The Alpine Star Highpoints below are from my personal collection and are almost the exact style used in the movie Mad Max and worn by the charcter "Goose" I had them re-soled with Vibram soles that look a little closer to the ones used in the film. And ofcourse the new sole makes it alot more comfortable to wear and walk in ,as a steel shank in the original sole made it very hard to walk down the street.
The Sidi's are the exact boots used in the 70's Television show Battlestar Galactica. As you can see from the photo's these boots had seven buckles running down the sides with shiny metal latches,and that makes them look alot like Snake's. Even though these boots were made between 1977 and 1979 they look very futuristic.
Alpine Stars Sidi Fullbore
Another really cool prop was the life clock that Snake wore around his wrist for most of the film. It lit up and showed how much time he had left before the explosives in his neck would detonate and kill him. The movie prop itself did not really work, it was a digital LED counter that was hooked up to an external battery with wires that ran up Russell's arm. With movie smoke and mirrors it appeared that the clock was all self contained unit that actually worked. This was not the case.
The other props include Snake's walkie talkie and the little device he uses to attempt to track down the President. These were fairly easy and common knowledge among Escape from New York as well as prop fans alike. The walkie talkie was a Fannon kids walkie from the 70's. It was painted over with black & silver paint for use in the the film,and it actually looked futuristic and it was small enough to wear on his belt with the flimsy little belt clip on the back panel of the unit.
The tracker that Snake used to attempt to find the President was a sub marine game made by Tiger electronics in the 70's as well. The bottom half had periscope handles, this section was cut off the unit until only the little square box was left. Electronics were mounted to the inside with LED lights and a board for beeping sounds to make the unit appear that it actually did somthing. How cool!
Prop used in the film The actual game The games original packaging
Above is a picture of me in my complete Snake plissken costume. I wear it to Sci-Fi and Horror conventions and the annual New York City Halloween parade. I am very proud of this accomplishment as Escape from New York is my all time favorite movie, and Snake is the the most badd ass anti-hero ever to grace the silver screen.
Going somewhere, how much time do you have left?
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