Anti-hero Snake Plissken has become Kurt Russell’s trademark role and he embraces all the character’s quirks and traits. When he shot the film, Russell was still attempting to break-out from being a Disney child star and he puts his all into making Plissken memorable. A piss and vinegar attitude, Clint Eastwood whisper and eyepatch make the character one of the all-time cinematic greats.
Escape From New York is John Carpenter working at the top of his powers, bringing his visual style and dark humour to deliver an excellent sci-fi actioner with a wonderful central performance from Kurt Russell.
A beautifully crafted piece of low budget action cinema, 1981’s Escape From New York offers a wonderful dystopian alternate future (if you can have such a thing) and a bizarre selection of supporting characters played by an amazing cast: Ernest Borgnine, Lee Van Cleef, Isaac Hayes, Harry Dean Stanton and Adrienne Barbeau.
This behind the scenes images shows the late Isaac Hayes and Kurt Russell (sans eyepatch) on the set of Escape From New York. The film grossed $25.2 million in the US when it was released in 1981.