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Encyclopedia > Escape From L.A
John Carpenter's
Escape From L.A.
Directed by John Carpenter
Produced by Debra Hill
Kurt Russell
Written by John Carpenter
Debra Hill
Kurt Russell
Starring Kurt Russell
Stacy Keach
Steve Buscemi
Peter Fonda
Georges Corraface
Cliff Robertson
Music by John Carpenter
Shirley Walker
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) August 9, 1996
Running time 101 min.
Language English
Budget $50,000,000
Preceded by Escape from New York
IMDb profile

John Carpenter's Escape From L.A. (better known as Escape From L.A.) is a 1996 film directed by John Carpenter. The sequel to the action film Escape from New York, the film again follows ex-war hero Snake Plissken, played by Kurt Russell. It co-stars Steve Buscemi, Stacy Keach and Pam Grier. Image File history File links Escape_From_LA.jpg impawards. ... John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, film score composer and occasional actor. ... Debra Hill (November 10, 1950–March 7, 2005) was an American screenwriter and film producer who co-wrote the horror movie Halloween. ... Kurt Vogel Russell (born March 17, 1951 in Springfield, Massachusetts) is an American actor. ... Stacy Keach (born June 2, 1941) is an American actor and narrator. ... Steven Vincent Buscemi (born December 13, 1957) is an Emmy and Golden Globe nominated American film and stage character actor and film director, based in New York City. ... Peter Fonda Peter Henry Fonda, born February 23, 1940 in New York, New York, is an American actor. ... European actor Georges Corraface has an international career in film and television, after many years in French theater - notably as a member of the famed Peter Brook Company. ... Cliff Robertson. ... Shirley Walker (April 10, 1945 - November 30, 2006) is a well-respected and renowned American film composer. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... August 9 is the 221st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (222nd in leap years), with 144 days remaining. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... John Carpenters Escape from New York is a 1981 science fiction action film directed and scored by John Carpenter. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, film score composer and occasional actor. ... Action films, or movies, are a film genre, where action sequences, such as fighting, stunts, car chases or explosions, take precedence over elements like characterisation or complex plotting. ... John Carpenters Escape from New York is a 1981 science fiction action film directed and scored by John Carpenter. ... Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken in a still from (1996) S.D. Snake Plissken is a fictional character in John Carpenters films Escape from New York and Escape from L.A., played by Kurt Russell. ... Kurt Vogel Russell (born March 17, 1951 in Springfield, Massachusetts) is an American actor. ... Steven Vincent Buscemi (born December 13, 1957) is an Emmy and Golden Globe nominated American film and stage character actor and film director, based in New York City. ... Stacy Keach (born June 2, 1941) is an American actor and narrator. ... Pamela Suzette Grier (born May 26, 1949) is an American actress. ...

Contents

Plot

In the year 2000, a huge earthquake hits the city of Los Angeles, causing it to be separated from the continental mainland and turning it into an island from Malibu to Anaheim. This article is about the year 2000. ... An earthquake is a phenomenon that results from the sudden release of stored energy in the Earths crust that creates seismic waves. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... The Malibu pier near the famous Surfrider Beach Dawn in the Santa Monica Mountains The Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) in central Malibu The Paradise Cove pier in Malibu Malibu is a city located in western Los Angeles County, California, United States. ... Location of Anaheim within Orange County, California Coordinates: Country United States State California County Orange Mayor Curt Pringle Area    - City 130. ...


Just prior to this, an American presidential candidate (played by Cliff Robertson), who is also an out-spoken Christian militant, had made a doomsday prediction of the disaster during his campaign, saying L.A. was a "city of sin", and that; "Like the mighty hand of God, waters will rise up and separate this sinful, sinful city, from our great nation." Cliff Robertson. ...


In the chaos that followed, the candidate is elected as the new President and a new constitutional amendment appoints him for life. This President declares that all people not conforming to the new "Moral America" laws he sets for the country (banning such things as smoking, eating red meat, and extramarital sex) will be deported to Los Angeles Island. Like New York in Escape from New York (which takes place sixteen years prior, in 1997), Los Angeles is turned into a penal colony of sorts. A containment wall is built around the shores of the mainland, armed guards and watchtowers are posted everywhere, and those sent to the island can never come back into the United States. Nickname: Big Apple, City that never Sleeps, Gotham Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Manhattan Queens Brooklyn Staten Island Settled 1613 Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... A Penal Colony is a colony used to detain prisoners and generally use them for penal labor in an economically underdeveloped part of the states (usually colonial) territories, and on a far larger scale than the prison farm. ...


Now in 2013, Cuervo Jones (played by Georges Corraface), a Che Guevara-like Shining Path Peruvian terrorist, seduces the President's daughter, Utopia (played by A.J. Langer), via a holographic internet system and brainwashes her into stealing her father's remote control to the "Sword of Damocles" superweapon; a series of high-tech satellites capable of destroying electronics anywhere on the planet using a focused EMP pulse. The President had threatened to use the system to render enemies of America "unable to function", and eventually dominate the world. Utopia gets away in an escape pod from Air Force Three and lands in L.A. Island to be with Cuervo. 2013 (MMXIII) will be a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... European actor Georges Corraface has an international career in film and television, after many years in French theater - notably as a member of the famed Peter Brook Company. ... Ernesto Guevara de la Serna (June 14, 1928 – October 9, 1967), commonly known as Che Guevara or el Che, was an Argentine-born Marxist revolutionary, political figure, and leader of Cuban and internationalist guerrillas. ... Shining Path poster supporting an electoral boycott The Communist Party of Peru (Spanish: El Partido Comunista del Perú), more commonly known as the Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso), is a Maoist guerrilla organization in Peru. ... Allison Joy Langer (born 1974 May 22) is an American actress who has starred in various roles in TV and movies. ... Sword of Damocles can refer to: The sword suspended over the head of Damocles in a Greek myth. ... Example of an electromagnetic pulse, in this case caused by the electrical discharge required to fire the Z machine. ...


With the satellites under his control, Cuervo promises to take back America with the assistance of an allied invasion force that is standing by for his signal to attack. Cuervo threatens that if the President tries to stop him, he'll "pull the plug" on the country, and demonstrates his power by blacking out the capital (which has been moved to the President's hometown of Lynchburg, Virginia). Cuervo also knows the secret "world code" (which is 666), that can activate all the satellites and knock out power for the entire Earth. The Allied Arts Building in downtown Lynchburg, completed in 1931. ...


Meanwhile, Snake Plissken (played by Kurt Russell), is captured for another series of crimes and forced to go to the island as an exile. Upon his arrival for deportation however, Snake is sent to meet the President and is offered the mission to retrieve the remote device. The President says he will give him a full pardon for all the crimes he has ever committed if he is successful. The President indicates he doesn't care if Utopia is returned or not, saying she is traitor and "dead to me". Initially, Snake refuses to get involved, but to ensure his compliance, Snake was secretly infected with the man-made "Plutoxin 7" virus which will kill him in a few hours. If he completes the mission, Snake will be given the antidote. Kurt Vogel Russell (born March 17, 1951 in Springfield, Massachusetts) is an American actor. ...


Once again, Snake is forced into a mission in exchange for his life. He is given a machine gun, a personal holographic projector, a thermal-camouflage overcoat, and a countdown clock for how long he has to live. The virus works fast, and Snake is given only 9 hours to find the device and get out before he dies. Like New York, Los Angeles is now in ruins, and a hot-bed of scum and weirdos. Snake sneaks into the city with a nuclear-powered mini submarine which he soon loses when an aftershock quake causes the sub to sink into the ocean.


Making his way across the island, Snake meets an array of characters, including those played by Steve Buscemi (as "Map to the Stars" Eddie, a swindler who makes a living selling interactive tours of L.A.), Pam Grier (as Hershe Las Palmas, a.k.a. Carjack Malone - a transsexual and former partner of Snake's, who also tells him the Plutoxin virus is a propaganda lie and won't kill him), Peter Fonda (as a hippie surfer), Valeria Golino (a lonely woman who falls in love with Snake, but is soon killed in a gang shooting), and also a cameo by Bruce Campbell (as the insane "Surgeon General of Beverly Hills"). Steven Vincent Buscemi (born December 13, 1957) is an Emmy and Golden Globe nominated American film and stage character actor and film director, based in New York City. ... Pamela Suzette Grier (born May 26, 1949) is an American actress. ... A transsexual (sometimes transexual) person establishes a permanent identity with the opposite gender to their assigned (usually at birth) sex. ... Peter Fonda Peter Henry Fonda, born February 23, 1940 in New York, New York, is an American actor. ... Valeria Golino in Hot Shots! Valeria Golino (October 22, 1966, Naples, Italy) is an Italian actress. ... Bruce Lorne Campbell (born June 22, 1958, Royal Oak, Michigan) is an American actor of Irish-Scottish descent. ...


Snake finally defeats Cuervo and gets ahold of the remote control (which looks like any typical remote device that one character states "everyone has"). The only difference is a special compact data disc which contains the codes for the satellites. This makes it easy for Snake to pull a switch when he gets back (similar to what he did with the President's summit tape in the first movie).


Eventually, Snake escapes the island with Utopia and hands off the wrong remote to the President while Utopia is taken to the electric chair for execution. The Plutoxin 7 virus is revealed to be nothing more than a fast, hard hitting case of the flu, not in the least bit lethal to Snake. Thinking he has control of the satellites, the President tries to use it to stop a Cuban invasion force threatening Florida. Activating the remote, the President hears only Eddie's "Map to the Stars" intro over I Love L.A. instead. is a song written and recorded by Randy Newman. ...


In anger, the President orders Snake to be executed, but Snake had activated his hologram projector and the Snake that gets shot is an illusion. Snake activates the device, entering the world code against pleas to stop, and returns the Earth to the Dark Ages. Snake disappears, but in reality is a few hundred yards away where he finds a pack of cigarettes on the ground and lights one up. He then says to himself; "Welcome to the human race." Petrarch, who conceived the idea of a European Dark Age. From Cycle of Famous Men and Women, Andrea di Bartolo di Bargillac, c. ...


Trivia

  • Snake is a legend in the underworld and there is a running gag in this film: whenever a character meets Snake for the first time they say they always imagined him being "taller". In the previous Escape from New York, characters keep telling Snake they heard he was "dead".
  • This movie was considered to be in many ways an exact copy of its predecessor, having only cosmetic alterations.
  • Kurt Russell actually made the basketball shots depicted in the 'Shot Clock' sequence, including the full-court shot. He went to the trouble of practicing every day between takes up until the scene was shot so that special effects wouldn't be necessary.

The running gag is a popular hallmark of comic and serious forms of entertainment. ...

Soundtrack

  • Comprised of the mid-90's alternative metal who's who, it features some of the most interesting work from some of the best bands that, mostly, never made it outta the 90's. First is Stabbing Westward's brooding "Dawn", a song that differentiates itself from the rest of the bands catalog with little electronics implied and a focus on the droning guitar/bass combo. As it dies away, Tool's "Sweat" explodes through the speakers giving fans and newbees a taste of their earliest offerings. With pounding drums and a chugging bass line, it features their harder less-artsy side. Just a straight balls-to-the-wall metal song about drugs and nostalgia. You can almost see executive producer John Carpenter going through a list of songs, finding this one, and upon hearing "Seems like i've been here before/seems so familiar" sung by the infamous Maynard, choosing this as a great addition to his sequel's soundtrack. White Zombie prove an exceptional addition with their song, "The One", possibly the best track on the disc. John Carpenter's eerie score samples build into an explosion of churning metal that brings back memories of bassist Sean Yseult headbanged in "Airheads", all the while painting a picture of big explosions, barren landscapes, lots of guns, and corny toughy one-liners. Butthole Surfers have a typical-for-their-style track of thrashing hillbilly punk that's reminiscent of their "Independent Worm Saloon" era. The Toadies have a decent straight-foward southern rocker, that could convert a fan of their harder offerings. Gravity Kills has a rare, less techno/more guitars remix of their song "Blame". Tori Amos, while seeming out of place, actually holds her own among the rest with her NIN-inspired track, "Professional Widow", from then-current album, "Boys For Pele". Sugar Ray bring a grin of disbelief and humor with their immature take on 90's Frat Rock with "10 Seconds Down". Ministry produced one of their best "Filth Pig" era songs on the heroin-fueled "Paisley". CIV was one of the precursors to pop punk like Blink-182 and The Used, but showed their metal side on their track, "Et Tu Brute". Orange 9mm has the standard soon-to-be-nu-metal rocker. Sexpod are a post-grunge pick that only helps date the disc, but doesn't turn down the volume. Clutch prove to be the only downer on this compilation. Their bland "Escape From The Prison Planet" would turn away a majority of prospective listeners who have heard the name Clutch, but never any of their normally interesting music. And the Deftones close out with probably one the best songs from their "Adrenaline" days, very reminiscent of "Around The Fur"'s hidden track "Damone".

The purpose of this soundtrack is to help paint a picture of what the movie represents and what the director wants you to focus on. The soundtrack helped by letting you make up your own version of the story in your head. A good compilation from the era of 90's movies-run-by-their-soundtrack (other examples: The Crow series, Natural Born Killers, Lost Highway, Singles, etc.). White Zombie was an American band named after the 1932 film White Zombie, which starred Bela Lugosi. ... The One is a promo single by White Zombie off the Escape from L.A. Soundtrack. ...


See also

John Carpenters Escape from New York is a 1981 science fiction action film directed and scored by John Carpenter. ...

External links


The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about actors, films, television shows, television stars, video games and production crew personnel. ...

The Films of John Carpenter
Feature films
Dark Star | Assault on Precinct 13 | Halloween | The Fog | Escape from New York | The Thing | Christine | Starman | Big Trouble in Little China | Prince of Darkness | They Live | Memoirs of an Invisible Man | In the Mouth of Madness | Village of the Damned | Escape from L.A. | Vampires | Ghosts of Mars | Psychopath
Made for television
Someone's Watching Me | Elvis | Body Bags | John Carpenter's Cigarette Burns | John Carpenter's Pro-Life
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