Escape from New York with Kurt Russell
The name Snake Plissken (Kurt Russel) was actually taken from a real person. When writing the screenplay John Carpenter struggled…
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The name Snake Plissken (Kurt Russel) was actually taken from a real person.
When writing the screenplay John Carpenter struggled over assigning a memorable name to his main character.
Snake Plissken: I’m an asshole…
A friend of a friend suggested using the name of someone he knew in high school who he described as a “sort of a tough guy” who bore a large snake tattoo on his abdomen; his last name was Plissken and went by the nickname “Snake”. Said Carpenter “Anybody with a snake tattooed on them some place … that’s my kinda hero.”
Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken in Escape from New York
snake plissken lighting a fire
Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken,
Kurt Russell is Snake Plissken
snake plissken smoking in ecape from new york
Escape from New York with Kurt Russel
Escape from New York Kurt Russell and stunt double
Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken
Isaac Hayes & Kurt Russell on the set of John Carpenter's 'Escape From New York
Escape from New York by John Carpenter
Escape from New York is a 1981 science fiction film by John Carpenter starring Kurt Russell as Lieutenant S.D. “Snake” Plissken, Lee Van Cleef as Police Commissioner Bob Hauk, Ernest Borgnine as “Cabbie”, Donald Pleasence as President John Harker, Isaac Hayes as “The Duke”, Season Hubley as Girl in Chock Full o’ Nuts (Maureen), Adrienne Barbeau as Maggie.
Cyberpunk pioneer William Gibson credits the film “Escape from New York” as an influence on his novel Neuromancer.
“I was intrigued by the exchange in one of the opening scenes where the Warden says to Snake ‘You flew the Gullfire over Leningrad, didn’t you?’ It turns out to be just a throwaway line, but for a moment it worked like the best science fiction, where a casual reference can imply a lot.”
Escape from New York by John Carpenter Details
Official Sites: Escape from New York by John Carpenter
Release Date: 3 September 1981
Also Known As: Die Klapperschlange
Filming Locations: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Gross USA: $25,244,626
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $25,244,626
Production Co: AVCO Embassy Pictures, International Film Investors, Goldcrest Films International
Rating: ★★★★★ by milo