ESCAPE FROM L.A.
Screenplay by John Carpenter
Produced by Debra Hill
Directed by John Carpenter
Kurt RussellSnake Plissken
Steve BuscemiMap to the Stars Eddie
George CorrafaceCuervo Jones
Bruce CampbellSurgeon General of Beverly Hills
A pounding, metallic beat begins. Twists of sound in a tightrope
rhythm. The snap of a military snare drum.
Forces hostile to the United States grow
strong in the late 20th Century.
A DARK TABLEAU - CITY STREET - LOS ANGELES - NIGHT
Graffiti-smeared walls. Fires raging. Automatic weapons fire.
Shadowy figures dash through the southern California night.
A great moral crisis grips the nation as
social revolution and a breakdown of the
criminal justice system threaten society.
A LINE OF POLICEMEN - NIGHT
They stand like sentinels. Black uniforms. Battle helmets.
Gleaming military assault weapons. Bullet-proof shields with large
the American eagle against a red background, and in bold
letters underneath, "THE UNITED STATES POLICE FORCE".
To protect and defend its citizens, the
United States Police Force is formed.
A GLOWING HOLOGRAPHIC MAP
Of Los Angeles, on the coast of southern California.
The population of Los Angeles grows to 40
million. The city is ravaged by crime and
immorality. A Presidential candidate
predicts a millennium earthquake will
destroy the city in divine retribution.
The map of L.A. now glows a dark red.
EXT. DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES SKYLINE - DAY
A hot summer's day. Heat ripples distorts the towering shadowing
buildings in the dense smog.
An earthquake measuring 9.6 on the Richter
scale hits at 12:59 p.m., August 23rd, in
the year 2000.
Suddenly we are hit by the loudest, booming, rolling concussion
you have ever heard. The buildings begin to shake, swaying wildly.
The Bonaventure Hotel implodes, collapses inward in the thudding,
slamming freight train of an earthquake. The 4-level Interchange
as the Santa Monica Freeway shatters, crumbles, pulling exit
ramps, cars, trees, and nearby buildings with it.
SEQUENCE OF RAPID CUTS
Buildings shaking. Streets buckling. Cars rolling, crashing.
People running. Gas mains exploding. Buildings convulsing and
dropping like tinder against an inferno.
THE SANTA MONICA PIER
As the tsunami sweeps in from the ocean, smacking into the
shoreline like the hammer of God, plunging us into darkness.
After the devastation, the constitution is
damned, and the newly elected President
accepts a lifetime term of office.
Of the United States. A line tracks along the Mexican border, like
the Berlin Wall.
Fearing a massive terrorist invasion from
South America, the United States prepares
for war. The Great Wall is built along the
southern border, cutting off the flow of
A TORCH-LIT LANDSCAPE - NIGHT
The ruins of L.A. Rubble, smoke, a lethal wasteland. An army of
terrifying figures climbs atop a mountain of debris. They raise
their weapons into the night sky.
Street gangs, South American terrorists
and the criminally insane capture Los
Angeles, the once-great City of Angels.
ZOOM INTO A HOLOGRAPHIC MAP OF L.A
An unrecognizable L.A. After the big one. Surrounded by water,
L.A. is now an island off the new western shore, tilting on the
edge of the continental plate.