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Escape from L.A.

"Snake is back."

R 1996-08-09 Action 1hr 40m

Into the 9.6-quaked Los Angeles of 2013 comes Snake Plissken. His job: wade through L.A.'s ruined landmarks to retrieve a doomsday device.

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Into the 9.6-quaked Los Angeles of 2013 comes Snake Plissken. His job: wade through L.A.'s ruined landmarks to retrieve a doomsday device.

  • Released
    1996-08-09
  • Revenue
    $42,277,365
  • Budget
    $50,000,000
  • Runtime
    1hr 40m
  • Genre
    Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    English
  • imdb-logo
    5.7
  • Production
    Paramount, Rysher Entertainment

Crew

John Carpenter
Director
Debra Hill
Screenplay
Debra Hill
Producer

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Cast

Kurt Russell

Kurt Russell

Snake Plissken
Bruce Campbell

Bruce Campbell

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Pam Grier

Pam Grier

Hershe Las Palamas
Peter Fonda

Peter Fonda

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Georges Corraface

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Cuervo Jones
Leland Orser

Leland Orser

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Jeff Imada

Jeff Imada

Saigon Shadow
Al Leong

Al Leong

Hershe Gang Member
James Lew

James Lew

Hershe Gang Member
Peter Jason

Peter Jason

Duty Sergeant
Jordan Baker

Jordan Baker

Police Anchor
Caroleen Feeney

Caroleen Feeney

Woman on Freeway
Paul Bartel

Paul Bartel

Congressman
Shelly Desai

Shelly Desai

Cloaked Figure
Julien Cesario

Julien Cesario

Mescalito (uncredited)
Thomas Rosales Jr.

Thomas Rosales Jr.

Gang Member (uncredited)
John Koyama

John Koyama

Hershe Gang Member (uncredited)
Leo Lee

Leo Lee

Hershe Gang Member (uncredited)
Stuart Quan

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Wyatt Russell

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Orphan Boy (uncredited)
Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis

Female Narrator (uncredited)

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Movie Reviews

Reviews for Escape from L.A.
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A Review by JPV852 6

Written by JPV852 on 2020-05-28

90s cheese not quite as good as 80s cheese, but still an entertaining enough action-thriller, though some moments were laughable and not in ... read more

90s cheese not quite as good as 80s cheese, but still an entertaining enough action-thriller, though some moments were laughable and not in a good way (Snake riding surfing a wave isn't all that bad ass), plus the effects work was rather poor. I don't have a great fondness for Escape from New York, however it was far superior. **3.0/5**

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A Review by Geronimo1967 5

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2022-07-06

So Los Angeles has become a glorified open-air prison (who'd have thought?) and "Snake" (Kurt Russell) is invited to do his "Mad Max" thing ... read more

So Los Angeles has become a glorified open-air prison (who'd have thought?) and "Snake" (Kurt Russell) is invited to do his "Mad Max" thing and go in, at considerable peril to himself, and fetch a gadget that could enable the US President (Cliff Robertson) - or anyone else with the codes, for that matter - to use a satellite in the best traditions of "Diamonds are Forever" (1971) and destroy parts or all of the world. The twist, well it turns out that it's "Utopia" (A.J. Langer), who just happens to be the president's disgruntled daughter, who is the one who took the device into the lawless wasteland in the first place and enforcer "Malloy" (Stacey Keach) is determined to get it back, regardless of whether or not she comes back with it. It's a derivative mess, this film. It's rooted in so many other stories that are much better executed; there is simply no menace or jeopardy at all, and John Carpenter seems unsure whether he wants an all-out action film or a semi-comedy. Russell is always at his more entertaining with the latter, here he just comes across as a man with a mission who is no more interested in the plot than I was. Steve Buscemi doesn't really add much either as the duplicitous "Eddie" and I am sure I spotted Peter Fonda in here too - a payday for a few actors who ought to have known better. The effects and pyrotechnics are adequate but the nadir in a basketball court surrounded by gun-toting assassins who could't hit a cow on the tit with a tin cup just put the icing on this really undercooked muffin.

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A Review by JPV852

90s cheese not quite as good as 80s cheese, but still an entertaining enough action-thriller, though some moments were laughable and not in a good way (Snake riding surfing a wave isn't all that bad ass), plus the effects work was rather p...

reviewer avatar

A Review by JPV852 6

Written by JPV852 on 2020-05-28

90s cheese not quite as good as 80s cheese, but still an entertaining enough action-thriller, though some moments were laughable and not in a good way (Snake riding surfing a wave isn't all that bad ...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by Geronimo1967 5

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2022-07-06

So Los Angeles has become a glorified open-air prison (who'd have thought?) and "Snake" (Kurt Russell) is invited to do his "Mad Max" thing and go in, at considerable peril to himself, and fetch a gad...

read more