History Film / EscapeFromNewYork

6th Aug '16 5:24:50 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* AllThereInTheManual: In 1981, Bantam Books published a movie tie-in novelization written by Mike McQuay that adopts a lean, humorous style reminiscent of the film. The novel is significant because it includes scenes that were cut out of the film, such as the Federal Reserve Depository robbery that results in Snake's incarceration. The novel provides motivation and backstory to Snake and Hauk - both disillusioned war veterans - deepening their relationship that was only hinted at it in the film. The novel explains how Snake lost his eye during the Battle for Leningrad in World War III, how Hauk became warden of New York, and Hauk's quest to find his crazy son who lives somewhere in the prison. The novel fleshes out the world that these characters exist in, at times presenting a future even bleaker than the one depicted in the film. The book explains that the West Coast is a no-man's land, and the country's population is gradually being driven crazy by nerve gas as a result of World War III.
15th Jun '16 11:09:01 PM Doug86
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TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture (well, sixteen years, as the film takes place in the year 1997), the President's plane crashes in NewYorkCity -- specifically Manhattan, which has become a giant penal colony filled with savage gangs that are led by "The Duke of New York" (Isaac Hayes). The commissioner of the United States Police Force, Bob Hauk (Creator/LeeVanCleef), is left without any realistic options for a rescue, so he recruits the most {{Badass}} criminal he can find to get the President out: [[AwesomeMcCoolname Snake Plissken]] (Russell). When Plissken says he wants nothing to do with the mission, Hauk forces Snake into compliance with an ExplosiveLeash -- if Snake doesn't get the President out of New York within a certain amount of time, the leash goes boom and Snake goes with it.

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TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture (well, sixteen years, as the film takes place in the year 1997), the President's plane crashes in NewYorkCity UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity -- specifically Manhattan, which has become a giant penal colony filled with savage gangs that are led by "The Duke of New York" (Isaac Hayes). The commissioner of the United States Police Force, Bob Hauk (Creator/LeeVanCleef), is left without any realistic options for a rescue, so he recruits the most {{Badass}} criminal he can find to get the President out: [[AwesomeMcCoolname Snake Plissken]] (Russell). When Plissken says he wants nothing to do with the mission, Hauk forces Snake into compliance with an ExplosiveLeash -- if Snake doesn't get the President out of New York within a certain amount of time, the leash goes boom and Snake goes with it.
12th Jun '16 12:50:42 PM TheBigBopper
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* DoNotCallMePaul: Brain hates being called by his given name, Harold.

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* DoNotCallMePaul: DoNotCallMePaul:
** In both ''Escape from New York'' and ''Film/EscapeFromLA'', the U.S. government is on a LastNameBasis with protagonist Snake Plissken, to which he consistently replies, "Call me Snake." However, during the respective climaxes of both movies, when one of the government's men finally does call him Snake, he reverses his previous attitude with the reply, "The name's Plissken".
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Brain hates being really doesn't care to be called by his given name, Harold."Harold".



* InsistentTerminology / DoNotCallMePaul: In both ''Escape from New York'' and ''Film/EscapeFromLA'', the U.S. government is on a LastNameBasis with protagonist Snake Plissken, to which he consistently replies, "Call me Snake." However, during the respective climaxes of both movies, when one of the government's men finally does call him Snake, he reverses his previous attitude with the reply, "The name's Plissken".
** Also, Brain really doesn't care to be called "Harold".
12th Jun '16 12:49:10 PM TheBigBopper
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* TheDriver: Called, ironically enough, ''Cabbie''. He provides transportation for Snake, Brain, and Maggie, and the president after he's rescued.

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* TheDriver: Called, ironically appropriately enough, ''Cabbie''. He provides transportation for Snake, Brain, and Maggie, and the president after he's rescued.
12th Jun '16 12:47:35 PM TheBigBopper
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* {{Badass}}: The protagonist of the film, Snake Plissken, is already famous for being a pretty badass infiltration expert, which is why Hauk chooses him to be the one to rescue the president.
5th Jun '16 8:32:05 PM ManEFaces
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* AnAesop: That HumansAreBastards when they have power over many, no matter how much they try to whitewash over it. The President is a shining example of humanity's savage murderous asshole nature. His ordeal as a prisoner of the Duke turns him from a typical CorruptBureaucrat into a LaughingMad killer taking revenge on the man who held and humiliated him, showing that he is NotSoDifferent from the scum that were thrown away and forgotten by the rest of the country. And the fact that he can go right back to being a stuffy bureaucrat again in the blink of an eye drives the point home that everyone with power is one step away from being a complete bastard in this dystopia. Contrast with Cabbie who is a simple, friendly, honest man with no agenda and winds up dead for it. Also contrast with Snake who's a selfish bastard, but is honest about who and what he is.

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* AnAesop: That HumansAreBastards when they have power over many, no matter how much they try to whitewash over it. The President is a shining example of humanity's savage murderous asshole nature. His ordeal as a prisoner of the Duke turns him from a typical CorruptBureaucrat into a LaughingMad killer taking revenge on the man who held and humiliated him, showing that he is NotSoDifferent from the scum that were thrown away and forgotten by the rest of the country. And the fact that he can go right back to being a stuffy bureaucrat again in the blink of an eye drives the point home that everyone with power is one step away from being a complete bastard in this dystopia. Contrast with Cabbie who is a simple, friendly, honest man with no agenda and winds up dead for it. Also contrast with Snake who's a selfish bastard, but he doesn't want power and doesn't commit acts of violence for pleasure. He is also honest about who and what he is.
5th Jun '16 3:18:46 AM ManEFaces
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* AnAesop: That HumansAreBastards when they have power over many, no matter how much they try to whitewash over it. The President is a shining example of humanity's savage murderous asshole nature. His ordeal as a prisoner of the Duke turns him from a typical CorruptBureaucrat into a LaughingMad killer taking revenge on the man who held and humiliated him, showing that he is NotSoDifferent from the scum that were thrown away and forgotten by the rest of the country. And the fact that he can go right back to being a stuffy bureaucrat again in the blink of an eye drives the point home that everyone with power is one step away from being a complete bastard in this dystopia. Snake's character arc is about being honest about who and what he is.

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* AnAesop: That HumansAreBastards when they have power over many, no matter how much they try to whitewash over it. The President is a shining example of humanity's savage murderous asshole nature. His ordeal as a prisoner of the Duke turns him from a typical CorruptBureaucrat into a LaughingMad killer taking revenge on the man who held and humiliated him, showing that he is NotSoDifferent from the scum that were thrown away and forgotten by the rest of the country. And the fact that he can go right back to being a stuffy bureaucrat again in the blink of an eye drives the point home that everyone with power is one step away from being a complete bastard in this dystopia. Snake's character arc Contrast with Cabbie who is about being a simple, friendly, honest man with no agenda and winds up dead for it. Also contrast with Snake who's a selfish bastard, but is honest about who and what he is.
5th Jun '16 3:14:52 AM ManEFaces
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* AnAesop: That HumansAreBastards when they have power over many, no matter how much they try to whitewash over it. The President is a shining example of humanity's savage murderous asshole nature. His ordeal as a prisoner of the Duke turns him from a typical CorruptBureaucrat into a LaughingMad killer taking revenge on the man who held and humiliated him, showing that he is NotSoDifferent from the scum that were thrown away and forgotten by the rest of the country. And the fact that he can go from that right back to being a stuffy bureaucrat again in the blink of an eye drives the point home that everyone is a bastard in this universe. Snake's character arc is about being honest about who and what he is.

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* AnAesop: That HumansAreBastards when they have power over many, no matter how much they try to whitewash over it. The President is a shining example of humanity's savage murderous asshole nature. His ordeal as a prisoner of the Duke turns him from a typical CorruptBureaucrat into a LaughingMad killer taking revenge on the man who held and humiliated him, showing that he is NotSoDifferent from the scum that were thrown away and forgotten by the rest of the country. And the fact that he can go from that right back to being a stuffy bureaucrat again in the blink of an eye drives the point home that everyone with power is one step away from being a complete bastard in this universe.dystopia. Snake's character arc is about being honest about who and what he is.
5th Jun '16 3:11:45 AM ManEFaces
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* AnAesop: That HumansAreBastards when they have power, no matter how much they try to whitewash over it. The President is a shining example of humanity's savage murderous asshole nature. His ordeal as a prisoner of the Duke turns him from a typical CorruptBureaucrat into a LaughingMad killer taking revenge on the man who held and humiliated him, showing that he is NotSoDifferent from the scum that were thrown away and forgotten by the rest of the country. And the fact that he can go from that right back to being a stuffy bureaucrat again in the blink of an eye drives the point home that everyone is a bastard in this universe. Snake's character arc is about being honest about who and what he is.

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* AnAesop: That HumansAreBastards when they have power, power over many, no matter how much they try to whitewash over it. The President is a shining example of humanity's savage murderous asshole nature. His ordeal as a prisoner of the Duke turns him from a typical CorruptBureaucrat into a LaughingMad killer taking revenge on the man who held and humiliated him, showing that he is NotSoDifferent from the scum that were thrown away and forgotten by the rest of the country. And the fact that he can go from that right back to being a stuffy bureaucrat again in the blink of an eye drives the point home that everyone is a bastard in this universe. Snake's character arc is about being honest about who and what he is.
5th Jun '16 3:11:03 AM ManEFaces
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* AnAesop: That HumansAreBastards when they have power, no matter how much they try to whitewash over it. The President is a shining example of humanity's savage murderous asshole nature. He goes from being a typical CorruptBureaucrat to a LaughingMad killer taking down the Duke, showing that he is NotSoDifferent from the scum that were thrown away and forgotten by the rest of the country. And the fact that he can go from that right back to being a stuffy bureaucrat again in the blink of an eye drives the point home that everyone is a bastard in this universe. Snake's character arc is about being honest about who and what he is.

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* AnAesop: That HumansAreBastards when they have power, no matter how much they try to whitewash over it. The President is a shining example of humanity's savage murderous asshole nature. He goes His ordeal as a prisoner of the Duke turns him from being a typical CorruptBureaucrat to into a LaughingMad killer taking down revenge on the Duke, man who held and humiliated him, showing that he is NotSoDifferent from the scum that were thrown away and forgotten by the rest of the country. And the fact that he can go from that right back to being a stuffy bureaucrat again in the blink of an eye drives the point home that everyone is a bastard in this universe. Snake's character arc is about being honest about who and what he is.
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