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Directed by John Carpenter (1981, USA, 99 min.). DCP.
John Carpenter’s action classic conjures a world where crime in the United States has exploded, leading the government to turn the entire island of Manhattan into a high-security prison with no guards and no rules. When a group of extremists led by a vigilante named Maggie (Adrienne Barbeau) kidnap the US President (Donald Pleasence) and hold him captive on the hellish island, the Feds recruit freshly convicted felon Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) to rescue the President in exchange for Snake’s freedom. Harry Dean Stanton stars as Brain, a savvy inmate who has made the New York Public Library his personal fortress. Also starring Ernest Borgnine, Lee Van Cleef, and Isaac Hayes.