Escape From New York (1981) Retrospective / Review (RE-UPLOAD)
Dystopia can also have a masculine, “down on the average man” side too. This is what the cult classic ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981) showed us in full living color. The classic from 1981 showed the “conspiracy theorist” nightmare of the prison industrial complex, on steroids. NYC has been turned into a prison and the world’s largest. It’s a No-Escape Facility. Once you go in, you’re not coming out, unless in a figurative or literal body bag. The prison has no guards and the prisoners run free, to do as they wish.
In enters our hero, Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell). He’s sent in to save the President of the United States (POTUS) who has had to eject and crash land from Air Force One. Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is hired to retrieve him. We won’t ruin the rest, but this flick needs to be scene and stands up to the test of time.
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From a fashion standpoint, this flick was so ahead of it’s time. Showing the micro-societies of the gangs allowed to run wild in NYC. The looks showed both what they valued and how they wished to express themselves.
LOVE THIS GUY! Lee Van Cleef was good, and intense actor and perfect for the role of the warden. Casting did a wonderful job. Ciao…