Escape From New York

*Flashback Friday*, January 19th, at 9:15pm!

In 1997, a major war between the United States and the Soviet Union is concluding, and the entire island of Manhattan has been converted into a giant maximum security prison. When Air Force One is hijacked and crashes into the island, the president (Donald Pleasence) is taken hostage by a group of inmates. Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell), a former Special Forces soldier turned criminal, is recruited to retrieve the president in exchange for his own freedom. Alcohol sales benefitting Muse Writers Center.  (1981, R, 106mins)

“It’s a toughly told, very tall tale, one of the best escape (and escapist) movies of the season.” – Vincent Canby, NY Times

“It has got an intriguing premise, an effective cast, and it has been expertly mounted.” – Arthur Knight, Hollywood Reporter

“Boasting one of the most iconic characters ever in Plissken, and an effective sci-fi set-up, this is entertainment of the highest order.” – Ian Freer, Empire Magazine