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Escape from New York (1981)
John Carpenter's Escape from New York

Nomination Year: 1992
SYNOPSIS:  In 1987, crime becomes so rampant that the U.S. government is forced to surround Manhattan with a giant wall and make the entire city a maximum-security prison (everyone remembers that back in '87, right?). Inside is another world, filled with gangs, drugs, and murder. The authorities don't care, as long as nobody gets out. When the President's plane crashes in the heart of town, the government calls in super-gritty super-mercenary Snake "Everyone-Seems-To-Think-I'm-Dead" Plissken to rescue him.

Most Ludicrous Premise

Would Anyone Notice the Difference?
Oh, sure. Like the government would wall off NYC and use it as a holding pen for the most violent and despicable dregs of humanity. Why would they spend all that money on a wall? Seems to be working fine as it is.

Actors/Directors of Note
Actor Claim to Fame
Kurt Russell Teen actor in numerous Disney films turned hunk 
Lee Van Cleef Plays bad guys and martial artists, even though he's as Western as a Texas omelette 
Ernest Borgnine Was TV's "McHale," won an Oscar for Marty, then played lots of B-Movie and B-TV bit parts; ubiquitous 
Donald Pleasence His bald pate shows up here and there in both Bad and Legitimate films and made-for-TV movies 
Isaac Hayes Composer/singer of Shaft theme; "Chef" on South Park 
Harry Dean Stanton Bud in Repo Man and Toot-Toot (the crazy coot) in The Green Mile 
Adrienne Barbeau She put the "Thing" in Swamp Thing 
George Flower quite possibly appeared in more Smithee films than anyone else, ever ... also wrote The Bikini Carwash Company 
Director Claim to Fame
John Carpenter Giant in the horror/sci-fi directing biz: Halloween, The Thing, Christine, Starman, to name but a few -- and of course, some Smithee films 

Bryan Cassidy

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