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LEAVE THE BRONX. Sign up for a new house in enchanting New Mexico.

Escape 2000, originally known as Escape from the Bronx, is the 1983 sequel to the 1982 post-apocalyptic action film 1990: The Bronx Warriors, which combined The Warriors with Escape from New York in its tale of Rebellious Non-Royal Princess Ann falling in love with biker punk Trash (Mark Gregory) as they try to stop her family's Mega-Corp from oppressing the Wretched Hive that is THE "future" BRONX.

Years later, a new Mega-Corp, the General Construction Corporation, is planning to put the entirety of THE BRONX through urban renewal, and their Mooks are forcing people to "LEAVE THE BRONX" for new houses in New Mexico by any means necessary — one way or another. Trash and a few others continue to fight on the surface, but many of the gangs, led by textbook Boisterous Bruiser Dablone (Antonio Sabato), are content to hide underground until everything blows over.


Trash saves an Intrepid Reporter who nearly died trying to expose the truth of the GCC's actions, and she suggests a more direct way to stop the GCC — kidnap the company's president and hold him hostage!

For the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version, please go to the episode recap page.

Not to be confused with the Ozploitation film Turkey Shoot, which was also marketed as Escape 2000 in the US.

1990: The Bronx Warriors and Escape from the Bronx/Escape 2000 contain examples of:

  • Artistic License – Geography: THE BRONX has always been known for its scenic views of Lower Manhattan, and the Williamsburg Bridge is the best way to get to Riverdale.
    • In all fairness, Queens Warriors and Escape from Queens would be lousy titles for a dystopian action film.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Hoffman, the new president of the company had already seized control, successfully pinned the deaths from the final battle on the gangs before it was even fought, and can probably refresh his forces with a single job fair. Meanwhile Wengler (the most unstable and publicly criticized element of his company) and the entire resistance are all dead leaving the area open to development.
    • It should be noted, however, that in the complete version (since the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode edited some footage out due to time issues) Junior kills Hoffman with a grenade.
  • Big Bad: 1990: The Bronx Warriors has the unnamed Vice President of the Manhattan Corporation, who sends Hammer to go after Ann.
    • Escape 2000 has President Clark, the executive who ordered the genocide of the Bronx.
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  • Black and Grey Morality: Bordering on Black And Black Morality if not for Moon, who at least as the best interests of the people at heart, though she is a Well-Intentioned Extremist herself.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Dablone, a musclebound gang leader who chews the scenery with gusto. It used to be called "The Toblerone" in his honor.
  • Brick Joke: Trash gets his team out of a confrontation with the tapdancing Ironmen in the first film by promising to sleep with their leader. In the second film she has a cameo and tells Trash "listen, honey, I am still waiting."
  • The Cameo: Director Enzo G. Castellari appears as a corporate flunky in Bronx Warriors and the mustachioed radio operator in Escape 2000.
  • Camp Gay: Some of Dablone's rebels look more like a Broadway musical cast.
  • Canned Orders over Loudspeaker: LEAVE THE BRONX! YOU ARE ORDERED TO LEAVE THE BRONX!
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Wengler. He even says informatively, "I'm worse than anyone."
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Examples abound.
    Trash: You fuck! It could be a pile of shit from someone's asshole!
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: President Clark, everyone from the Manhattan Corporation.
    • Actually, Clark is an altar boy compared to his assistant Hoffman, who uses Henry Silva to bump him off and take over as President.
  • Crapsack World: The Bronx is an anarchic hellhole in a constant state of gang war where a Mega-Corp can commit genocide while covering it up with relative ease.
  • The Dragon: Floyd Wengler
  • Dull Surprise: Trash. Unsurprising since Mark Gregory was a salesman at a shoe store in Rome before Castellari spotted him and made him the lead in these films.
  • Dumb Muscle: This was probably not the intention but Trash certainly comes off as this, although moreso in the second film than the first.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Moon Grey, AKA the Rat Woman.
  • '80s Hair: Trash looks like the drummer from Ratt...'s brother.
  • Every Car/Helicopter Is a Pinto: And all it takes is a few shots from a little revolver. Who knew?
    • Apparently GMC vans will explode if you shoot them with a shotgun.
  • Evil vs. Evil: The company wants to use lethal force to drive out the citizens of THE BRONX, while the "heroes" want to preserve THE BRONX as is to continue selling drugs and ruling the citizens with gang violence, crime and fear. Either way, it must really suck to be an ordinary citizen in THE BRONX.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Big Little Man, one of Toblerone's henchmen.
  • Kill ’Em All: Both films end this way more or less.
    • 1990: The Bronx Warriors: Trash escapes from Ogre's burning compound dragging Hammer's body behind his motorcycle after the National Guard kill the rest of the cast after Hammer kills Ann.
    • Escape 2000: Of the main cast only Strike, Junior and Trash are left alive in war-torn THE BRONX.
  • Kill It with Fire: Both movies have Mooks wielding flamethrowers.
  • Klingon Promotion: Apparently how corporations work.
  • Large Ham: There is no ham too large for DABLONE, eh!? AH-HA-HA-HA!
    • Unless you count the incomparable Henry Silva. PRO-CEEEED!!!
  • Made of Explodium: Damn near everything.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: Both in-universe, GCC causing a genocide in the Bronx and showing no remorse whatsoever; and the movie itself, due to the sheer number of mooks, civilians, and secondary characters in both sides, and all sans two of them wind up dead by the end of Escape 2000.
  • The Mockbuster: The title is an obvious cash-in of Escape from New York. The similarities don't end there, but then again, the plots are completely different.
  • Mooks: Oh so many, on both sides.
  • Non-Indicative Name: It's not really an escape from THE BRONX. They're welcome to LEAVE THE BRONX. The entire point is not to LEAVE THE BRONX.
  • Non-Royal Princess: Ann in the first film. She's the daughter of the Manhattan Corporation's president.
  • Now What?: Escape 2000's ending suggests that this is what Trash is thinking.
  • Psycho for Hire: Wengler.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Sure Trash manages to stay in the Bronx, but only Junior and Strike survive and everybody else who helped him or wanted to stay in the Bronx is dead, his family is dead, the gangs were completely wiped out, his girlfriend from the first movie is dead, half of the Bronx was destroyed and/or demolished in the battle, the two reporters that tried to expose GCC's genocide in the Bronx are dead, and the General Construction Corporation, the company made the whole mess to begin with is still at large.
  • Rebellious Princess: Ann is the daughter of the leader of the Mega-Corp, and a whole lot more humane.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Trash racks up an impressive body count with just a small handgun, even managing to destroy a helicopter with it.
  • The Sociopath: Floyd Wengler, a mercenary who'll commit genocide for money, and betray his boss for the same.
  • The Starscream: Vice President Hoffman.
  • The Strategist: Strike, the master criminal our anti-heroes persuade to help kidnap the GCC president.
    • Moon Grey might count as well, since she's the one who thought up the kidnapping plan to begin with.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Might be one of the best examples.
  • Shrouded in Mystery: Mark Gregory (Trash) vanished from public view and quit acting in about 1989 and hasn't been seen or heard of ever since.
  • Tagalong Kid: Junior, Strike's son.
  • Unfortunate Names: One must wonder what kind of parents would think Trash is a good name for their son.
  • Unknown Rival: Trash and Wengler never meet nor share a single scene together through all of Escape 2000. Trash never even knows of his existence or plans, and kills him only because the other tried to run him over with a truck and shot him in the process.
  • What a Drag: 1990: The Bronx Warriors ends with Trash spearing Hammer the Exterminator through the gut when he decides to gloat about the massacre he led at the climax, attach the spear's chain to the back of his motorcycle, and drive off with Trash behind.
  • Wretched Hive: THE BRONX. It's a hellhole full of gangs and the faction willing to Clean Up the Town is evil and going Up to Eleven with said mandate (to the point of borderline Omnicidal Mania).
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Bye bye President Clark.

Alternative Title(s): Nineteen Ninety The Bronx Warriors, Escape From The Bronx, Bronx Warriors


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