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The Duke pursues them onto the bridge in his customized Cadillac, setting off mines as he tries to catch up. Brain guides Snake, but they hit a mine, and Cabbie is killed. As they continue on foot, Brain is killed by another mine.
Maggie refuses to leave him, shooting at Duke's car until she is run down. Snake and the president reach the wall, and guards raise up the president via a rope. The Duke opens fire, killing the guards, but the president kills the Duke with a dead guard's assault rifle. Snake is lifted to safety, and the micro-explosives are neutralized after he hands over the cassette tape to Hauk.
As the president prepares for a televised speech to the leaders at the summit meeting, he thanks Snake and tells him that he can have anything he wants. All Snake wants to know is how the president feels about the people who died saving him. The president offers only half-hearted regret and lip service for their sacrifice. As Snake walks away in disgust, Hauk offers him a job as his deputy, but Snake just keeps walking.
The president's live speech commences, and he plays the cassette tape. To his embarrassment, it only plays Cabbie's song, " Bandstand Boogie. The narrator was voiced by Jamie Lee Curtis.
Actor Joe Unger filmed scenes as Snake's partner-in-crime Taylor, but they were cut from the final film. Carpenter originally wrote the screenplay for Escape from New York in , in the aftermath of Nixon 's Watergate scandal. Carpenter said, "The whole feeling of the nation was one of real cynicism about the president.
He did not agree with this film's philosophy, but liked how it conveyed "the sense of New York as a kind of jungle, and I wanted to make a science-fiction film along these lines". AVCO Embassy Pictures , the film's financial backer, preferred either Charles Bronson or Tommy Lee Jones to play the role of Snake Plissken to Carpenter's choice of Kurt Russell, who was trying to overcome the "lightweight" screen image conveyed by his roles in several Disney comedies.
Carpenter refused to cast Bronson on the grounds that he was too old, and because he worried that he could lose directorial control over the picture with an experienced actor. At the time, Russell described his character as "a mercenary, and his style of fighting is a combination of Bruce Lee , The Exterminator , and Darth Vader , with Eastwood 's vocal-ness. Living for exactly that next minute is all there is. He also endeavored to stay in character between takes and throughout the shooting, as he welcomed the opportunity to get away from the Disney comedies he had done previously.
He did find it necessary to remove the eyepatch between takes, as wearing it constantly seriously affected his depth perception. Carpenter had just made Dark Star , but no one wanted to hire him as a director, so he assumed he would make it in Hollywood as a screenwriter.
The filmmaker went on to do other films with the intention of making Escape later. After the success of Halloween , Avco-Embassy signed producer Debra Hill and him to a two-picture deal. The first film from this contract was The Fog. Initially, the second film he was going to make to finish the contract was The Philadelphia Experiment , but because of script-writing problems, Carpenter rejected it in favor of this project.
However, Carpenter felt something was missing and recalls, "This was basically a straight action film. And at one point, I realized it really doesn't have this kind of crazy humor that people from New York would expect to see. Castle invented the Cabbie character and came up with the film's ending. The film's setting proved to be a potential problem for Carpenter, who needed to create a decaying, semidestroyed version of New York City on a shoe-string budget. The film's production designer Joe Alves and he rejected shooting on location in New York City because it would be too hard to make it look like a destroyed city.
Carpenter suggested shooting on a movie back lot, but Alves nixed that idea "because the texture of a real street is not like a back lot. Bernardi suggested East St. Louis, Illinois , because it was filled with old buildings "that exist in New York now, and [that] have that seedy run-down quality" that the team was looking for.
Louis, sitting across the Mississippi River from the more prosperous St. Louis, Missouri , had entire neighborhoods burned out in during a massive urban fire. Hill said in an interview, "block after block was burnt-out rubble. In some places, there was absolutely nothing, so that you could see three and four blocks away.
The filmmaker purchased the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge for one dollar from the government and then gave it back to them, for the same amount, once production was completed, "so that they wouldn't have any liability," Hill remembers.
Louis were used, including Union Station and the Fox Theatre , both of which have since been renovated,  as well as the building that would eventually become the Schlafly Tap Room microbrewery. Carpenter and his crew persuaded the city to shut off the electricity to 10 blocks at a time at night. The film was shot from August to November It was a tough and demanding shoot for the filmmaker as he recalls.
I'd wake up around 5 or 6 pm, depending on whether or not we had dailies, and by the time I got going, the sun would be setting. So for about two and a half months I never saw daylight, which was really strange. Louis Union Station. Russell has stated, "That day was a nightmare. All I did was swing a [spiked] bat at that guy and get swung at in return. He threw a trash can in my face about five times I could have wound up in pretty bad shape. Louis, Carpenter shot parts of the film in Los Angeles.
Various interior scenes were shot on a sound stage ; the final scenes were shot at the Sepulveda Dam , in Sherman Oaks. New York served as a location, as did Atlanta , to use their futuristic-looking rapid-transit system the latter scenes were cut from the final film. They let us have the whole island to ourselves. We were lucky.
It wasn't easy to get that initial permission. They'd had a bombing three months earlier and were worried about trouble". Carpenter was interested in creating two distinct looks for the movie. That was easy to shoot compared to the Manhattan Island prison sequences, which had few lights, mainly torch lights, like feudal England".
Cameron was also one of the directors of photography on the film. As Snake pilots the glider into the city, three screens on his control panel display wireframe animations of the landing target on the World Trade Center and surrounding buildings.
Carpenter wanted high-tech computer graphics, which were very expensive, even for such a simple animation. The effects crew filmed the miniature model set of New York City they used for other scenes under black light , with reflective tape placed along every edge of the model buildings. Only the tape is visible and appears to be a three-dimensional wireframe animation.
He does clean work, but settles for too little. He uses Russell well, however". It's a trip worth taking". It's a toughly told, very tall tale, one of the best escape and escapist movies of the season". Christopher John reviewed Escape from New York in Ares Magazine 10 and commented that "It is solid summer entertainment of unusually high caliber. By not pretending to be more than it is, but by also not settling for any less than it could be, Escape becomes an exciting, fast-moving drama, the likes of which we haven't seen in years.
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