History Film / EscapeFromNewYork

3rd Apr '16 8:17:32 AM DeepRed
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* TheBigRottenApple: Obviously. While the premise was far-fetched, at the time it wasn't inconceivable. By the early 80's most major American cities had seen anyone who could afford it flee to the suburbs, infrastructure was decaying, cities were bankrupt, and of course crime was out of control. New York, as America's largest and most prominent city was the ultimate symbol of this urban decay. In the late 70's the federal government refused to bail the city out. This led many New Yorkers to declare "America has given up on New York".

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* TheBigRottenApple: Obviously. While the premise was far-fetched, at the time it wasn't inconceivable. By the early 80's most major American cities had seen anyone who could afford it flee to the suburbs, [[{{Suburbia}} suburbs]], infrastructure was decaying, cities were bankrupt, and of course crime was out of control. New York, as America's largest and most prominent city was the ultimate symbol of this urban decay. In the late 70's the federal government refused to bail the city out. This led many New Yorkers to declare "America has given up on New York".
3rd Apr '16 8:16:43 AM DeepRed
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* [[CaliforniaDoubling Illinois and Missouri Doubling]]: Filmed in East St. Louis and St. Louis to keep the budget low. Entire areas were in such a state of neglect, to the point where sets didn't even have to be built. Four years later, the scene of the BatterUp BloodSport (see above) was renovated into a hoity-toity shopping area -- visual MoodDissonance.

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* [[CaliforniaDoubling Illinois and Missouri Doubling]]: Filmed in East St. Louis and St. Louis to keep the budget low. Entire areas were in such a state of neglect, neglect - urban fires had severely damaged them only a few years earlier - to the point where sets didn't even have to be built. Four years later, the scene of the BatterUp BloodSport (see above) was renovated into a hoity-toity shopping area -- visual MoodDissonance.
3rd Apr '16 8:15:22 AM DeepRed
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* OffTheShelfFX: What appeared to be an impressive (for 1981) wire-frame CGI image of Lower Manhattan was actually a physical model with the buildings outlined with glow-in-the-dark green tape and filmed in black light. Courtesy of none other than Creator/JamesCameron.

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* OffTheShelfFX: What appeared to be an impressive (for 1981) wire-frame CGI image of Lower Manhattan was actually a physical model with the buildings outlined with glow-in-the-dark green tape and filmed in black light. Courtesy of none other than Creator/JamesCameron. At the time, real CGI was still a nascent technology and too expensive for indie film-makers like John Carpenter.
24th Mar '16 3:10:07 AM Mdumas43073
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->''In 1988, the crime rate in the United States rises four hundred percent. The once-great city of New York becomes the one maximum security prison for the entire country. A fifty-foot containment wall is erected along the New Jersey shoreline, across the Harlem River, and down along the Brooklyn shoreline. It completely surrounds Manhattan Island. All bridges and waterways are mined. The United States Police Force, like an army, is encamped around the island. There are no guards inside the prison, only prisoners and the worlds they have made. The rules are simple: Once you go in, you don't come out.''

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->''In ->''"In 1988, the crime rate in the United States rises four hundred percent. The once-great city of New York becomes the one maximum security prison for the entire country. A fifty-foot containment wall is erected along the New Jersey shoreline, across the Harlem River, and down along the Brooklyn shoreline. It completely surrounds Manhattan Island. All bridges and waterways are mined. The United States Police Force, like an army, is encamped around the island. There are no guards inside the prison, only prisoners and the worlds they have made. The rules are simple: Once you go in, you don't come out.''"''



TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture (well, sixteen years, as the film takes place in the year 1997), the President's plane crashes in New York City -- 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 New York City 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.
24th Mar '16 3:09:41 AM Mdumas43073
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1981's '''''Escape from New York''''' is a cult-classic action film featuring the dream team of director Creator/JohnCarpenter and star Creator/KurtRussell.

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1981's '''''Escape Released in 1981, ''Escape from New York''''' York'' is a cult-classic action film featuring the dream team of director Creator/JohnCarpenter and star Creator/KurtRussell.



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29th Feb '16 12:34:51 PM Morgenthaler
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** The "Crazies" are, no doubt, a ShoutOut to the George Romero movie of the [[TheCrazies same name]].

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** The "Crazies" are, no doubt, a ShoutOut to the George Romero movie of the [[TheCrazies [[Film/TheCrazies same name]].
17th Jan '16 3:07:01 AM TheGreenHerring
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* UsefulNotes/AirForceOne: A terrorist crashes it into New York with the President on board, who survives only by getting into an EscapePod.

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* UsefulNotes/AirForceOne: A terrorist crashes it into New York with York, and the President on board, who survives only by getting into an EscapePod.



%%* CoolOldGuy: Cabbie.

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%%* * CoolOldGuy: Cabbie. Cabbie, who drives a taxi in the middle of the New York City prison and has done so for 30 years--suggesting he's a native New Yorker who won't let the City's new status as a maximum security penitentiary stop him from living there. He's always on the lookout for his friends, and not even the violence common on its streets can dampen his optimism.



%%* PhraseCatcher: See RunningGag below.

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%%* * PhraseCatcher: See RunningGag below.Everyone who knows about Snake greets him with a variant of, "Snake Plissken? I thought you were dead."
9th Jan '16 7:30:44 PM TheGreenHerring
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%%* UsefulNotes/AirForceOne

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%%* UsefulNotes/AirForceOne* UsefulNotes/AirForceOne: A terrorist crashes it into New York with the President on board, who survives only by getting into an EscapePod.



%%* BulletholeDoor

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%%* BulletholeDoor* BulletholeDoor: During his escape from the Crazies, Snake makes one of these in a dilapidated apartment wall and kicks it in.



-->'''Hauk:''' About an hour ago, a small jet went down inside New York City. The president was on board.
-->'''Snake:''' The president of what?
-->'''Hauk:''' That's not funny, Plissken.

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-->'''Hauk:''' About an hour ago, a small jet went down inside New York City. The president was on board.
-->'''Snake:'''
board.\\
'''Snake:'''
The president of what?
-->'''Hauk:'''
what?\\
'''Hauk:'''
That's not funny, Plissken.



* FingerInTheMail: Romero taunts the government troops with the kidnapped President's severed finger (complete with a ring with the Presidential Seal.)

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* FingerInTheMail: Romero taunts the government troops with the kidnapped President's severed finger (complete with a ring with the Presidential Seal.)Seal).



%%* ImAHumanitarian: The "Crazies".

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%%* * ImAHumanitarian: The "Crazies"."Crazies" come out at night when they run out of food, and the Cabbie claims that they'll "kill you and strip you in ten seconds flat."



-->'''Mook #1:''' That Brain is a real pain in the ass. He's always sniffing around like a dog.
-->'''Mook #2:''' He comes up with the gas...

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-->'''Mook #1:''' That Brain is a real pain in the ass. He's always sniffing around like a dog.
-->'''Mook
dog.\\
'''Mook
#2:''' He comes up with the gas...



-->'''Snake''': We have to move fast.
-->'''The President''': You're goddamn right I'll move fast!
** He doesn't.

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-->'''Snake''': We have to move fast.
-->'''The
fast.\\
'''The
President''': You're goddamn right I'll move fast!
** He
fast! ''[He doesn't.]''



--> '''Hauk:''' You go in, find the President and bring him back in 24 hours, and you're a free man.
--> '''Snake:''' 24 hours, huh?

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--> '''Hauk:''' You go in, find the President and bring him back in 24 hours, and you're a free man.
-->
man.\\
'''Snake:''' 24 hours, huh?



--->'''Snake:''' *holding his gun to Brain's chest* Where's the president?!
--->'''Brain:''' Swear to God, Snake, I don't know-
--->'''Snake:''' Don't ''fuck'' with me!

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--->'''Snake:''' *holding his gun to Brain's chest* Where's the president?!
--->'''Brain:'''
president?!\\
'''Brain:'''
Swear to God, Snake, I don't know-
--->'''Snake:'''
know--\\
'''Snake:'''
Don't ''fuck'' with me!



--->'''Brain:''' Listen, Snake, I thought you were dead-!
--->'''Snake:''' Yeah, you and everybody else!

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--->'''Brain:''' Listen, Snake, I thought you were dead-!
--->'''Snake:'''
dead-!\\
'''Snake:'''
Yeah, you and everybody else!



%%* ScaryBlackMan: The Duke (Isaac Hayes).

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%%* * ScaryBlackMan: The Duke (Isaac Hayes).of New York (played by Isaac Hayes), who is not only physically imposing but has a fearsome reputation throughout the city-prison.
--> '''Snake:''' I want to meet the Duke.\\
'''Cabbie:''' You can't meet the Duke! Are you crazy? Nobody gets to meet the Duke. You meet him once and then you're dead!



%%* SleevesAreForWimps: Snake.

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%%* * SleevesAreForWimps: Snake.Snake, the {{antihero}}, spends most of the rescue mission wearing a shirt with no sleeves, showing off his powerful arms.
8th Jan '16 7:56:49 AM wittylibrarian
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* HighConcept: The President has been taken hostage in a future Manhattan that's been turned into a city-wide prison. And it's up to a {{Badass}} criminal to get him out.
24th Nov '15 9:57:05 AM Morgenthaler
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** "I thought you were dead" was also a running gag in the 1971 JohnWayne movie ''BigJake''.

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** "I thought you were dead" was also a running gag in the 1971 JohnWayne Creator/JohnWayne movie ''BigJake''.''Film/BigJake''.
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