How John Carpenter's "Escape From New York" Made Kurt Russell A Star

By Kellar Ellsworth
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1981’s “Escape From New York” helmed by iconic director/writer John Carpenter transformed Kurt Russell from “Jungle Boy” on Gilligan’s Island into a bonafide action star. The film also gave life to a string of sci-fi flicks like “Blade Runner”, which actually borrowed various set pieces from “Escape From New York.”

While the film ranks as an all-time cult classic without Carpenter's legendary “Halloween” success in 1978, “Escape From New York” might never have been made. These are the behind-the-scenes stories that made “Escape From New York” an unforgettable film.