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[-[[caption-width-right:350:The original mulleted, eyepatched badass named Snake.]]-]

->''"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."''
-->-- '''[[Creator/JamieLeeCurtis Narrator]]'''

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

TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture (well, sixteen years, as the film takes place in the year 1997), the President's plane crashes in 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.

This film is a classic of the dystopian future genre, and Snake himself is a classic JerkWithAHeartOfGold AntiHero. Snake's history is mostly just hinted at, but an out-of-print {{Novelization}} [[AllThereInTheManual fills in some of the details]].

The supporting cast includes a lineup of memorable character actors, including the aforementioned Van Cleef, Creator/DonaldPleasence, Creator/HarryDeanStanton, Creator/ErnestBorgnine, Adrienne Barbeau, and Adrienne Barbeau's cleavage (which frankly deserves its own credit).

Fifteen years later, Russell and Carpenter reunited for a sequel, ''Film/EscapeFromLA'', which dispensed with much of this film's grittiness to lampoon Los Angeles and Hollywood culture. It was not met with nearly the same level of acclaim as this film.

A remake currently sits in DevelopmentHell.


!! ''Escape from New York'' contains the following tropes:

* AbsoluteCleavage: Maggie, played by [[http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3145242624/nm0000105 Adrienne Barbeau]], displays copious decolletage in every scene.
* ActionGirl: Maggie is pretty handy with a pistol.
* AfraidOfNeedles: Snake. "I don't like needles," he says before the physician Cronenberg injects him with a supposed anti-viral and bacterial serum. Turns out he was right to be untrusting, as the injection was actually an ExplosiveLeash.
* UsefulNotes/AirForceOne: A terrorist crashes it into New York, and the President survives only by getting into an EscapePod.
* AKA47: The United States Police use M16's with their handguards removed, presumably to give the rifles an unfamiliar 'futuristic' look, rather than because the police like scorching their hands after a few bursts.
* TheAlcatraz: New York Maximum Security Penitentiary, AKA Manhattan Island Prison. The only bridge into the island is mined, and the entire island is surrounded by a wall, and the perimeter is patrolled by helicopters and monitored 24/7. Escape is essentially impossible, and once prisoners go in, they never come out.
* 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.
* AlternateHistory: The film's backstory and setting has become this.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Romero, as seen from his painted fingernails and some camp body movements.
* 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.
* TheHyena: Romero. His laugh itself is quite reminiscent of a hyena's.
* AntiHero: Snake. Also counts as a UnscrupulousHero at best, and a NominalHero at worst.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Snake Plissken.
* BatterUp: Snake vs. a huge guy in a BloodSport.
* BigBad: The Duke of New York, who captures the president and uses him as a hostage in a plan to get himself and his followers out of Manhattan without being killed by the police force surrounding the island.
* 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 [[{{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".
* TheBladeAlwaysLandsPointyEndIn: Snake's throwing knife is always right on target. It helps that it has two blades, allowing it to land anyway.
* BloodSport: The Duke arranges for an entertaining deathmatch between his GiantMook and Snake.
* BondOneLiner: [[spoiler: The President]] of all people gets one when he kills the Duke. Doubles as a CallBack and an IronicEcho.
--> [[spoiler: '''President''']]: You are the Duke of New York. But you ain't number one.
* BottomlessMagazines: Snake's MAC-10 is never reloaded once, and it fires about 10x as many bullets as he apparently brought with him. This also applies to Snake's revolver; not only does it only get reloaded once (and Snake only seems to have brought two speedloaders if the loadout on the table is any indication), but when [[spoiler:Maggie gets charged at by the Duke]], the revolver '''''with six chambers''''' is fired '''''seven times.'''''
* BoxedCrook: Snake, at the beginning of the film. He's about to be sent into Manhattan as a prisoner but gets roped into rescuing the president by Hauk.
* BulletholeDoor: During his escape from the Crazies, Snake makes one of these in a dilapidated apartment wall and kicks it in.
* CastFullOfCrazy: Nobody in this film could be called completely sane. Even the President gets in on the lunacy in the end during his KickTheDog moment.
* ChekhovsGun: Subverted. Snake takes a wide array of weapons with him, but doesn't get a chance to use them all.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Brain acts just loyal enough to Snake and the Duke on different occasions to avoid being shot, but doesn't hesitate to screw them both over if it helps him get away.
* CloudCuckooLander: Cabbie has been driving his taxi in Manhattan for 30 years which means it's possible that he's not even there for any crime, but may have refused to leave when the city was walled up.
--> '''Cabbie:''' Ahh, Snake Plissken in my cab! Wait til I tell Eddie!
* ContrivedCoincidence: Pretty fortunate for the guards that Snake was entering the prison just moments after Air Force One crashed in the city.
%%* CombatPragmatist: Snake.
* CoolCar: The Duke's Cadillac Fleetwood with hydraulic suspension and chandeliers on the hood.
* CoolOldGuy: 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.
* CrapsackWorld: The United States seems to have become this, with the crime rate rising by 400% in 1988 and Manhattan island being converted to a maximum security prison. When the movie was made in 1981, this didn't seem too unreasonable to expect of the future.
* DavidVersusGoliath: Snake versus Ox Baker's GiantMook character, Slag. Snake is obviously at a disadvantage in terms of raw strength, but he manages to beat Slag due to his superior speed.
* DeadpanSnarker: Snake.
-->'''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.
* DecoyProtagonist: The woman Snake meets in the Chock Full 'O Nuts is set up to be Snake's sidekick, [[spoiler: but she gets killed (and eaten?) by the Crazies.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution
** Being sent to Manhattan Island means a life sentence with no chance of release. Once you go in, you don't come out. There are no provisions inside to keep the prisoners fed and housed (though food is implied to be sent once a month by the girl in Chock Full O' Nuts), they simply fend for themselves [[ImAhumanitarian in any way that they can.]] It's heavily implied that everyone who commits a crime in the United States gets thrown in there.
** Subverted with Cabbie: He's just a cab driver who refused to leave.
* 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 by his given name, "Harold".
* TheDragon: Romero for the Duke, as he's the one the Duke sends to deliver the ultimatum to Hauk, and the one guarding the president when the Duke holds him hostage.
* TheDreaded: The Duke of New York, A-Number-One. As Cabbie says: "You can't meet the Duke! Are you crazy? Nobody gets to meet the Duke. You meet him once and then you're dead!"
* TheDriver: Called, appropriately enough, ''Cabbie''. He provides transportation for Snake, Brain, and Maggie, and the president after he's rescued.
* DubNameChange: In Italy, Snake is known as "Jena" (hyena), due to "Serpente" (snake) being too long to properly sync up with the video (oddly enough, the Spanish dub averts this, in spite of their word for snake - ''Serpiente'' - being even ''longer'').
* EscapePod: Air Force One has one for the President only, enabling him to survive the crash.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Brain hates being called by his actual name, Harold.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Snake's not evil, but he's a criminal. However, he's genuinely disgusted about the President's [[StealthInsult obtuse, half-hearted regret]] after he asked him how he felt about the people who died saving his life.
* EventTitle
* EverybodyCallsHimBarkeep: Cabbie, who actually identifies himself ''as'' "Cabbie" when visiting Brain.
* EvilLaugh: Romero, TheDragon to [[BigBad the Duke]] has a high-pitched, mocking cackle.
* ExactTimeToFailure: The explosives planted near Snake's carotid artery will kill him at a pre-set time unless he returns with the president.
* ExplosiveLeash: The government ensures that Snake won't give up his mission by implanting explosives into his body that will kill him if he doesn't return within a day.
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The entire movie takes place over the course of just a little more than 24 hours.
* EyepatchOfPower: Snake, of course.
* FemaleGaze: Come on, ''you'' know [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything where]] you were looking during Snake's ShirtlessScene...
* FingerInTheMail: Romero taunts the government troops with the kidnapped President's severed finger (complete with a ring with the Presidential Seal).
%%* FilkSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3ZsyFNmkcY "The Escape"]] by Julia Ecklar.
* ForcedPrizeFight: Snake is forced to fight a GiantMook after he's captured by The Duke, but he manages to win the fight despite his leg wound.
* GiantMook: Ox Baker's character, a huge, bearded, shirtless guy (called "Slag" in the script) who battles Snake in a makeshift arena, for the amusement of the Duke and his men.
%%* GoodHairEvilHair: Snake Plissken.
* TheGovernment: Fascist and totalitarian.
* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: In 1997, the Cold War has turned hot and the USA is fighting a (presumably conventional) war against the USSR.
* HandcuffedBriefcase: After a terrorist takes control of Air Force One, the President handcuffs a briefcase to his wrist and enters the plane's EscapePod. Later on it's revealed that the briefcase holds a tape which explains the secret of nuclear fusion.
* HeroicNeutral: Snake, obviously. "I don't give a fuck about your war, or your president." He would prefer to just take the Gullfire and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere fly straight to Canada]], letting the US, China and the Soviet Union blow each other to hell, but he can't because of the ExplosiveLeash he's injected with.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Maggie]]. Later, Snake asks the President if he knew how many people died to save him. The President's rote response doesn't please Snake.
* HellBentForLeather: Snake's old worn out leather coat.
* HiddenDepths: Snake does prove to legitimately care about Brain, Maggie and Cabbie.
* 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.
* HollywoodHealing: Averted with the arrow snake takes to the leg. He limps the rest of the movie and is clearly in pain at times, the rest of the time he's probably going on adrenaline.
* HollywoodSilencer: Averted with Snake's MAC-10.
* IJustWantToBeFree: Snake's entire motivation is that he just want to get away and be left alone to his own devices.
* ImAHumanitarian: The "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."
* InexplicablyAwesome: The movie tells us that Snake is an ex black ops soldier twice decorated who turned his back on his country and tried to rob the Federal Reserve. No reasons for Snake's choices that led him down that path are ever presented, at least in the movie. The novelization says he feels betrayed by the government for the "Leningrad Ruse" (the military action that cost him his eye), and that his parents were burned alive in their home by the United States Police Force.
* InsufferableGenius: Brain. It's a minor miracle he's still alive in Manhattan since everyone ''hates'' him, save Maggie and Cabbie. Brain is also the only person in Manhattan who can produce gasoline, possibly refined from crude oil obtained from the pump briefly shown well panning through his base (presumably the New York Public Library).
-->'''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...
* ItsAllAboutMe:
** Snake cannot be persuaded to give a shit about anything but his own interests. Considering there is [[BlackAndGrayMorality no particularly good side]] for him to be on, one can hardly blame him.
** Every single supporting character is like this. Hauk wants Snake to do his dirty work. Brain just wants to escape. The Duke, Romero, and his army of goons will happily murder anyone on their way to busting out. The President is a selfish uncaring asshole too. The only character who's even remotely nice or thinks of anyone but himself is Cabbie, and even he will [[CowardlySidekick cut and run]] if the Duke is nearby. In the end, caring about Snake gets Cabbie killed along with nearly everyone else.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Snake. He only wants his freedom, though he is shown to be remorseful for the innocents (relatively speaking) who died to get the President out.
* KeepTheReward: After the rescue, the president is willing to give Snake anything he wants as a reward. Snake wants only one thing.
-->'''The President''': I want to thank you. Anything you want, you just name it.\\
'''Snake''': Just a moment of your time.\\
'''The President''': Yes?\\
'''Snake''': We did get you out. A lot of people died in the process. [[SecretTest I just wondered how you felt about it.]]
* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler:Cabbie]]. He spends most of the whole movie as a happy-go-lucky, overly friendly wide-eyed optimist who looks out for [[spoiler:Plissken]] (even to the extent of [[spoiler:throwing a molotov cocktail at some thugs, driving him for free and coming back for him just in time)]]. Then, despite being in an explosion that leaves the others inexplicably unscathed, he dies horribly. Thankfully, Snake gets some justice for his unnecessary death [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome by screwing the ungrateful president.]]]]
%%* LaughingMad: Romero.
* LivingLegend: Everyone knows Snake Plissken, even the inmates of Manhattan. Everyone Snake talks to knows about the Kansas city incident and thought Snake was dead. Even ''Cabbie'', who's been in New York since before it became a prison and couldn't have heard about Snake's activities except by rumor from other inmates.
* TheLoad: The president.
-->'''Snake''': We have to move fast.\\
'''The President''': You're goddamn right I'll move fast! ''[He doesn't.]''
* MacGuffin: The tape with the secret of nuclear fusion.
* MrFanservice: Snake has...quite a following.
* MsFanservice: Adrienne Barbeau as Maggie.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Snake Plissken.
* NiceGuy: Cabbie is the only character who ever sports a sunny smile and disposition at any time.
* NinetiesAntihero: Snake exemplifies this despite being nine years ahead of his time, making him an UrExample. Possibly TropeMaker?
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Cabbie is the only genuinely nice guy in the entire film, and helping Snake and the President escape gets him killed by a landmine in the end. Snake avenges him, in a way.
* NominalHero: Snake, established as a hardened criminal, only agrees to rescue the President of the United States because an ExplosiveLeash will kill him if he doesn't return with the President in a day. Otherwise, Snake would be happy to hijack his glider, fly off to Canada and let the world conflict take care of itself.
* NoodleIncident
** There has to be a reason everybody thinks Snake is dead.
** The Kansas City incident where Brain abandoned Snake and Fresno Bob is another one. It's possible that Snake could have almost died there, as he asks Brain "Do you know what they did to Bob?"
** The incident '''''was''''' filmed, but was removed for pacing. It is available on the Blu-Ray re-release of the film, revealing Bob's fate. He was [[spoiler: skinned alive]] in front of Snake. William "Bill" Taylor, Snake's old war buddy and partner in crime, was gunned down, although in a slightly excessive way.
* NoNameGiven: The woman Snake meets in the Chock Full O' Nuts. She doesn't give her name and is listed in the credits as "Woman in Chock Full O' Nuts".
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: The cassette tape holding the secret of nuclear fusion.
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: Snake absolutely despises the authorities who literally have to coerce him into working for them with a [[ExplosiveLeash tailor-made "kill you in 24 hours" device]] in his body or he'd just bail on them in a heartbeat.
* 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.
* OhCrap:
** The President when he discovers [[spoiler: that Snake's switched the nuclear fusion tape with Cabbie's, and thus he's playing the dignitaries "Bandstand Boogie"]].
** Hauk and his second-in-command when the flight code ID for the plane trespassing over the prison airspace comes through -- revealing that it's Air Force One.
* TheOnlyOne: Snake is told he's the man for the job due to his prior black ops experience and his expendability.
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: Well for starters he sounds British. An in-universe reason was given, but seriously it was to give Donald Pleasance the role.
* ParrotExposition: An example occurs early on in the film. Also HilariousInHindsight.
--> '''Hauk:''' You go in, find the President and bring him back in 24 hours, and you're a free man.\\
'''Snake:''' 24 hours, huh?
* PhraseCatcher: Everyone who knows about Snake greets him with a variant of, "Snake Plissken? I thought you were dead."
* PlotArmor: A landmine neatly bisects a car between the front and back seats with only one out of the five passengers being killed.
* PrecisionFStrike
** Snake's initial response to Hauk's proposal:
-->''I don't give a fuck about your war, or your president.''
** And again when Brain tries to dodge his questions:
--->'''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!
* PunchClockHero: Snake, although kinda motivated since he has microscopic explosives that will rupture his carotid arteries in 24 hours.
* TheQuincyPunk: A few of The Duke's henchmen sport this getup.
%%* RatedMForManly:
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Hauk, as he keeps his word about letting Snake go after he rescues the president. Even Snake seems to think this, despite the TeethClenchedTeamwork.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Snake attempts this at the start of the film but Hauk manages to convince him to go along with the plan, then deploys an ExplosiveLeash.
* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: "I heard you were dead." For some reason everyone thinks Snake Plissken is dead. He's most assuredly not.
* RunningGag
** "Snake Plissken? I thought you were dead." Lampshaded later in the film, where Snake meets up with Brain and the others after they ditched him to get to the glider.
--->'''Brain:''' Listen, Snake, I thought you were dead-!\\
'''Snake:''' Yeah, you and everybody else!
** "Call me Snake". followed up by later "The name's Plissken".
* SanitySlippage: The President suffers one, combined with a RoaringRampageOfRevenge when he ''stops'' the winch that's bringing Snake to safety (keep in mind, he's about to be killed by explosives in his neck), to machine gun The Duke, screaming, "You're the Duke! You're the Duke! You're the Duke!... [[BondOneLiner You're the Duke - you're ''A-Number One''.]]"
* ScaryBlackMan: The Duke 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!
* SecretTest: Snake gives the President one after they get back out. [[spoiler:El Presidente completely fails it, which leads Snake to secretly destroy the [[MacGuffin nuclear fusion tape]] as punishment, leaving him to humiliate himself by playing Cabbie's copy of "Bandstand Boogie" to the dignitaries.]] [[spoiler:Of course, it's not just to make the President look bad. The US is in the midst of war and the President is in possession of something that will make **him** truly the most powerful man in the world. Had he expressed remorse about the lives lost and gratitude toward them, Snake might have very well let him keep the tape in the hopes that El Presidente might do the right thing. Instead, Snake single-handedly kept him from gaining that power. The humiliation was just a bonus.]]
* TheSeventies: Despite being released in 1981, the film still predates the optimism of TheEighties and is very much a product of 70s grit and pessimism. Creator/JohnCarpenter wrote the script in the mid-70s in response to the [[{{Scandalgate}} Watergate scandal]].
%%* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Snake, in a weird way.
* ShonenHair: Romero's wild, spiky upswept 'do.
* ShoutOut
** "I thought you were dead" was also a RunningGag in the 1971 Creator/JohnWayne movie ''Film/BigJake''. Several times throughout that movie, people tell Jake [=McCandless=] (Wayne's character) that they heard he was dead.
** The "Crazies" are, no doubt, a ShoutOut to the George Romero movie of the [[Film/TheCrazies same name]].
** The characters Cronenberg (the doctor who injects Snake with the explosives) and Romero (the spiky-haired {{Mook}} with the crazy laugh) are named after Creator/DavidCronenberg and George Romero, respectively.
* SleevesAreForWimps: Snake, the {{antihero}}, spends most of the rescue mission wearing a shirt with no sleeves, showing off his powerful arms.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Although not intended, this film's premise is fairly similar to ''Film/TheWarriors'', in which the protagonists have one night to escape from a dystopian New York City crawling with street trash and urban warlords. Some parts of the soundtracks even sound similar.
* StateSec: The ''United States Police Force'', who despite their name has arms and equipment on par with the military.
* StealthPun: The abandoned store where Snake and a woman are attacked by crazies is called Chock Full O' Nuts.
* StylisticSuck: The song "Everyone's Coming To New York" is sung by various criminals, and even on the soundtrack CD, the singers sing slightly out of tune, and various interludes are played on kazoos. Why yes, [[HilarityEnsues hilarity most certainly does ensue]].
%%* TallDarkAndSnarky: Snake.
* TimedMission: Snake has to get the President out of New York before the timer on his ExplosiveLeash hits zero.
* TrackingDevice
** Snake is given a tracer. When he pushes a button his position can be tracked for 15 minutes.
** The President wears a vital signs bracelet that broadcasts a "sig pulse". Snake is given a device that can home in on the signal, showing direction and distance to the device.
* TrashcanBonfire: In the scene where Romero approaches Bob Hauk to deliver an ultimatum.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: This film takes place in 1997. In 1988, the US crime rate rose 400%; Manhattan was turned into the maximum security prison for the whole country and the US became an authoritarian nation as a result. There is a (presumably non-nuclear) war going on with the Soviet Union, and the whole film begins as Communist terrorists skyjack UsefulNotes/AirForceOne. UsefulNotes/ColdWar-phobia was very popular in TheEighties.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: After Snake lands in New York, Cabbie is the first major character encountered. Cabbie takes Snake, Brain and Maggie to the Duke's headquarters, then drives off after panicking over the Duke's reputation. Later, as Snake, Brain and Maggie [[spoiler:make their way with the President to the 69th Street Bridge]], Cabbie suddenly returns, with no explanation as to where he was throughout a third of the movie. Seems like ContrivedCoincidence.
** He's a taxi driver in New York (it's implied that he's a New Yorker who never left). [[FridgeBrilliance If there's a fare involved, he'll show up]].
** It can be assumed that since Cabbie traded for the tape, he was still around Duke's other men when Brain and Maggie broke out the President, and he could have followed Duke's men (who were following Brain and Maggie).
* WorldWarIII: The Cold War apparently became hot at some point. Snake Plissken is noted to be a decorated veteran from the Battles of Leningrad and Siberia, and the main plot revolves around retrieving the President so he can present an offer to Russia and China that could end the war.
* {{Zeerust}}: While cassette tapes were still widely used in 1997, telex were gone by then. The wireframe guidance images in the glider might raise some eyebrows, but it's conceivable that such a light aircraft would use simple computer graphics.