John Carpenter is the best [film] director I've ever worked with. One of the main reasons is his bravery in the way he's cast me in his films. By casting me as the president in ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and as the essentially good Dr. Loomis in the original HALLOWEEN, he gave me the opportunities that might have been missed had I stayed a stereotypical madman.
1997: FUGA DA NEW YORK (Italian title)
CAST AND CREW:
KURT RUSSELL (Snake Plissken)
LEE VAN CLEEF (Commissioner Bob Hauk)
ERNEST BORGNINE (Cabbie)
DONALD PLEASENCE (The President of the United States)
ISAAC HAYES (The Duke of New York)
SEASON HUBLEY (Girl in Chock Full O'Nuts)
HARRY DEAN STANTON (Brain/Harold Hellman)
ADRIENNE BARBEAU (Maggie)
TOM ATKINS (Rehme)
CHARLES CYPHERS (Secretary of State)
Directed by JOHN CARPENTER
Written by JOHN CARPENTER and NICK CASTLE
Produced by DEBRA HILL and LARRY J. FRANCO
In the future, the city of New York has become a walled maximum security prison for the nation's worst criminals. When Air Force One crashes into the prison, a master outlaw must go in and risk his life to save the President of the United States.
Pleasence plays the President of the United States, who is kidnapped and tortured by the prison citizens of New York.