In 1997, when the US President crashes into Manhattan, now a giant max. security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in for the rescue. We watch the escapade of Snake Plisken and his rough bunch through the destroyed streets of NY where gangs, punks, murderers and all shorts of low-life human beings try to stop them. Directed by John Carpenter. Starring Kurt Russel, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Lee Van Cleef and Adrienne Barbeau.