Don’t let the title of this post fool you, it’s not about defying the lock-down in the Empire State. Nope, it’s about the 1981 dystopian thriller starring Kurt Russell and directed by John Carpenter.
So anyway, I was surfing Youtube the other day when I ran across this video. It’s a deleted scene from the beginning of Escape that showed the heist that got Snake Plissken arrested and sent to the maximum security prison on Manhattan Island. I’m sure this clip has been floating around for years, but I wasn’t aware of it until recently.
This scene is pretty cool, but I really think the movie was better without it. Introducing Snake to the audience as he’s being lead into the prison in handcuffs really worked. Everything we need to know about his back story we learn from his conversation with Hauk (Lee Van Cleef).
I guess sometimes less is more. Still, it was fun seeing the heist.