Escape from L.A.

August 9th, 1996


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Snake Plissken is once again called in by the United States government to recover a potential doomsday device from Los Angeles, now an autonomous island where undesirables are deported.

Release Year: 1996

Rating: 5.4/10 (29,370 voted)

Director: John Carpenter

Stars: Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi, Stacy Keach

The year is 2013 and Snake Plissken is back but this time it's L.A., which through the agency of earthquakes has become an island of the damned. But something has gone wrong in this new moral order, because the President's daughter has absconded to L.A. with a detonation device, and Snake is commandeered to retrieve it. But just below the surface there is a coiled Snake ready to strike.

Writers: John Carpenter, Nick Castle

Kurt Russell - Snake Plissken
Steve Buscemi - Map to the Stars Eddie
Peter Fonda - Pipeline
Cliff Robertson - President
Valeria Golino - Taslima
Stacy Keach - Cmdr. Malloy
Pam Grier - Hershe Las Palmas
Bruce Campbell - Surgeon General of Beverly Hills
Georges Corraface - Cuervo Jones (as George Corraface)
Michelle Forbes - Brazen
A.J. Langer - Utopia
Ina Romeo - Hooker
Peter Jason - Duty Sergeant
Jordan Baker - Police Anchor
Caroleen Feeney - Woman on Freeway

Taglines: Snake Is Back.


Official Website: JohnCarpenter - movie site |

Release Date: 9 August 1996

Filming Locations: Courthouse Square, Backlot, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $50,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $8,912,557 (USA) (11 August 1996) (2312 Screens)

Gross: $42,277,365 (Worldwide) (1997)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

At the beginning of the film, Kurt Russell wears his costume from the original film, which still fits after 15 years.

Continuity: The size of the dot that Map of the Stars Eddie paints on the disk changes.

[after the President orders Snake executed]
Malloy: On my command... FIRE!
[the soldiers open fire, without effect. Malloy grabs a rifle, walks up to Snake, and swings the butt through his body]
Brazen: He's not even *here*! He's a hologram!
Snake Plissken: Catches on quick, doesn't she?

User Review

Snake is Back, baby

Rating: 10/10

This movie is very unfairly under-rated. Just because when it came out America was in a feel good phase with the 1996 Olympics and the release of Independence Day. A lot of people have criticized the visual effects but the surfing scene ain't that bad and are far superior to that of the flames in the tunnel in ID4.

Kurt Russell is brilliant as Snake, his most iconic character and the whole movie is kind of lighthearted. The music especially. I have also never seen a film with an ending quite like this. Now for the announced Escape from Earth, it may not happen due to the dark nature of the series and studio reluctance to not do anything but kiddie crap, but it would be a wonderful finale.