As the poster reads,
"1997, New York City is a walled maximum security
prison. Breaking out is impossible, breaking in is
insane." Released in 1981, Escape from New York
starred Kurt Russell as ex-soldier (and ex-con) Snake Plissken.
The movie was a science-fiction, action flick directed
by John Carpenter. The movie was a success on both
the ox office and review side of the fence.
In the movie, crime has risen
dramatically in NYC, and it is actually the island of
Manhattan that has become a prison. Prisoners
inside have all received life sentences, so once in,
there is no escaping. Not only is Manhattan walled
off, but the waters surrounding the island are patrolled
by guards, who are not allowed to go onto the island.
While the President of
the USA flies to a peace summit with Russia and China to
put an end to World War III, Air Force One crashes in
Manhattan. The President is kidnapped and held for
hostage by the prisoners. Snake, a prisoner on the
inside, is asked by the police commissioner to rescue
the President and retrieve his taped speech in exchange
for his freedom. A 24 hour bomb is placed inside
Snake, that can only be diffused by the police, so Snake
is stuck with the mission whether he likes it or not.
Snake goes about the business of trying
to find the president while interacting with the
colorful, criminal element of the island. Snake
finds the president being held by a criminal called the
Duke of New York. Eventually, with the help of
friends, Snake rescues the president, gets the speech,
and has the bomb diffused. At the end of the
movie, the President shows little regret for the lives
lost trying to rescue him, so Snake slips a different
tape to him instead of his speech. The movie ends
with the song "Bandstand Boogie" playing in the
background. which is what the President thought was his
tape, while Snake destroys the real tape.