In the future, crime is out of control and New York City's Manhattan is a maximum security prison. Grabbing a bargaining chip right out of the air, convicts bring down the President's plane in bad old Gotham. Gruff Snake Plissken, a one-eyed lone warrior new to prison life, is coerced into bringing the President, and his cargo, out of this land of undesirables.
- Year: 1981
- Country: United Kingdom, United States of America
- Genre: Science Fiction, Action
- Studio: AVCO Embassy Pictures, Goldcrest, International Film Investors, City Films
- Keyword: new york city, taxi, martial arts, street gang, usa president, war veteran, kidnapping, hostage, liberation of prisoners, gangster, dystopia, anti hero, post-apocalyptic future, wrestling, villain, attempt to escape, rescue mission, police operation, cyberpunk, urban setting, reluctant hero
- Director: John Carpenter
- Cast: Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Isaac Hayes, Season Hubley