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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day is Duke of New York, A Number One!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! John Carpenter is a director you’ll see pop up a lot on this column. He’s one of my favorite filmmakers and today we’re looking at a shot from the making of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK. This photo didn’t come with a credit, but I know Kim Gottlieb-Walker was Carpenter’s onset photographer for most of this era, so it’s a good guess that she took this rather pretty image of Carpenter getting a shot of the New York skyline. I know there’s no Snake or Cabby or Duke in this pic, but what really grabbed me about it is how candid it is. This is more of the down and dirty side of filmmaking… grabbing a shot of a cityscape at either dusk or dawn (looks like morning light to me, but I’m no expert). Plus it’s a pretty large image whereas some of the other ESCAPE pics I have are tiny. Thanks to reader Michael Heintzelman for sending the pic along! Hope you guys enjoy it (click for the bigger version)!



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Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Jaws
- Die Hard
- Aliens
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Vertigo
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Labyrinth
- RoboCop
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Marathon Man
- Young Frankenstein
- Viva Las Vegas
- The Empire Strikes Back (Han driving a snow cat)
- Rio Bravo
- Giant
- Back to the Future
- The Time Machine
- War of the Worlds (1953)
- Alien (Chestburster)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- Dr. No
- The Twilight Zone
- Once Upon A Time In The West
- Lawrence of Arabia
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke in Wampa Cave)
- Edward Scissorhands
- The Warriors
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Requiem for a Dream
- The Princess Bride
- Hard Boiled
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
- They Live
- The Empire Strikes Back (Tippet with Wampa)
- Dirty Harry
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Blade Runner
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (Periscope Ride)
- 1941
- The Godfather (Coppola & Brando)
- The Lady Eve
- 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
- Godzilla
- The Empire Strikes Back (Bald Vader)
- Mary Poppins
- Alien 3
- Total Recall
- The Pink Panther
- Fawlty Towers
- The Trouble With Harry
- Beetlejuice
- The Shining
- Thriller
- An American Werewolf In London
- The Gate
- The Fly (1958)
- Halloween
- Army of Darkness
- Frankenstein
- Seed of Chucky
- Psycho
- John Carpenter’s The Thing (Bottin)
- Creature From the Black Lagoon
- Friday the 13th (1980)
- A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
- Creepshow
- Night of the Living Dead (’68)
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- Silence of the Lambs- The Exorcist
- Alien (crouching alien)
- Alfred Hitchcock being awesome
- Son of Frankenstein
- The Mummy (1932)
- Re-Animator
- Nosferatu (1979)
- Nosferatu (1922)
- War of the Worlds
- Vincent (Tim Burton)
- Evil Dead II
- The Evil Dead
- The Shining (Kubrick Self Portrait)
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
- Casablanca
- Sahara (1943)
- Pumpkinhead
- Back to the Future
- Inception
- MacBeth (1948)
- Superman
- Twilight Zone (Nightmare at 20,000 Feet)
- The Public Enemy
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Barbarella
- Ghostbusters II
- The Thin Man
- Faust
- Batman TV Show
- The Adventures of Superman
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- The Gold Rush
- Empire of the Sun
- Sunset Blvd.
- Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
- Star Trek: The Motion Picture
- The Seven Year Itch
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Dr. No
- Forbidden Planet
- The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner tribute)
- The Phantom of the Paradise
- Planet of the Apes
- The Incredible Hulk (TV)
- To Kill A Mockingbird

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  • Dec. 4, 2010, 4:29 p.m. CST

    too soon

    by Colonel Activity


  • Dec. 4, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Do you have any

    by Colonel Activity

    behind the scenes pics of Shaquille O'Neal as KAZAAM! the rapping genie on the set of KAZAAM!, the movie about the rapping genie?

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST

    The towers

    by I Max U Mini


  • Dec. 4, 2010, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Boxy Brown

    by Snowbie

    The real Duke of New York.

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 4:50 p.m. CST

    This series is amazing.

    by ackack

    I get a new desktop wallpaper every day. Great image!

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 5 p.m. CST

    Great Pic

    by Manatee

    No matter how much time passes, I still can't wrap my brain around the horror of 9-11.

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Carpenter should get another shot there...

    by BubbaDestructo

    ...this time without the towers.

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Great pic!

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    EFNY is one of my all time faves, and being a NY'er makes this one extra special!

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 5:24 p.m. CST


    by Greigy_Back_and_Pissed

    Just watched this with the wife on Blu Ray... she'd never seen it...

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 5:18 p.m. CST

    John Holmes

    by nolan bautista

    looking at the crack of dawn..

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Thx Quint

    by scrote

    ...One of my all time fave movies....The Carpster looks damn young there...

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 6:45 p.m. CST

    "I'm about to kick your ass out of the world, war hero!"

    by Voice O. Reason

    What a great unintentionally hilarious movie this ended up being. Snake crash-landing his glider on top of the World Trade Center? Priceless.

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 7:35 p.m. CST

    that shazam crap ain't funny

    by frank cotton

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Two Towers

    by TheUltimateMathTeacher

    I remember going there in the early 90's and going to the top of one of the towers. They look huge in pictures, but standing at the top is breathtaking. Cool looking shot. Makes me want to watch that movie again.

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST


    by SobchakSecurity

    Love it. Love it. Love it. This has to be one of my favorites so far in this series. I love Carpenter, I love EFNY, great story and cast, but this, this captures something special. Excellent choice.

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 8 p.m. CST

    Favorite scene in EFNY?

    by SobchakSecurity

    Spoilers! You have been warned if you haven't seen it yet................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ Well, I don't know if this would be my favorite, but it's probably the most poignant, but when Cabbie,the great Ernest Borgnine dies, and Snake gets this look of compassion/concern/remorse on his face,showing underneath his otherwise tough as nails exterior, which I think we should have more characters like, he does care, cause Cabbie was the one guy who went out of his way to like,selflessly and honestly help Snake and didn't try to screw him over and stab him in the back.

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 8:17 p.m. CST

    "Maybe I'll just beat it out of your squeeze."

    by phifty2

    I'm might have the quote wrong but damn could Carpenter(and Hill) write some great dialogue. <p> And yes, I like EFLA.

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 8:20 p.m. CST


    by phifty2

    That's good. You shouldn't.

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Voice O. Reason...

    by skellngtn

    not sure "unintentionally hilarious" is the right description for Snake landing his plane on top of the tower, is it?

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 8:35 p.m. CST


    by th3480

    First of all - love the name. Classic. Second of all - nice choice for favorite scene. Thirldy - my favorite scene is the initial meet between Snake and Bob Hauk. That is one badass conversation between two badass characters. Love that scene.

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Cool Pic

    by Kraven Morehead

    but it always depresses me when the date in a movie about the future comes to pass and things in that movie have still not occurred e.g. flying cars, world peace, human-enslavement by machine, etc. This movie has the strange aspect of being depressing because in the future those buildings aren't there. RIP WTC.

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 10:39 p.m. CST

    EFNY is the only Carpenter/Russell film I don't like

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Russell is just trying WAY too hard to act all "badass" (he was just aging out of his squeaky-clean Disney period), and the film is a trash-compactor of post-apocalypse cliches. Great use of matte paintings (some by young "Jimmy" Cameron), and Dean Cundey's photography is excellent, but the movie is just kind of a slog.<BR><BR>Compared to Escape From L.A., however, it's freaking The Road Warrior.

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 11:19 p.m. CST


    by nobodycallsmcflyachicken

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 11:45 p.m. CST

    R.I.P.-Never Forget....

    by Jobacca

    That John Carpenter used to be awesome. Man,what the hell happened to Carpenter? Pour a forty on the curb and think fondly of the man who gave us Snake Plisskin,Jack Burton,and Roddy Pipers magic sunglasses.

  • Dec. 4, 2010, 11 p.m. CST


    by SobchakSecurity

    Oh yeah! You can cut the tension with a knife in that scene!!! It's one of those great parts of two badasses each trying to outbadass the other one!!! That scene with the two actors there,Van Cleef and Russell, is proof positive of the excellent cast they pulled together for this. Everyone in it, regardless of there role in it, is great! I mean, maybe it's my nostalgia, but you don't get casts like that anymore. I mean, there was just something special I think about how it all came together. And of course, Harry Dean Stanton, who I'm always happy to see when he shows up in anything really. Ah yes, the name, well,glad someone got the reference. I had another one, Malcom Tucker jr, I had forgotten the password,then remembered I had this one, so I have been using this.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 12:12 a.m. CST

    I don't think it's "too soon" as some say...

    by SobchakSecurity

    The towers were there before the attacks, you can't go and erase them from movies that feature them, which does feel a bit odd when I see that. I think to deny there existence is rediculous. Oh, anyone else remember the original spider man teaser trailer?

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 1:13 a.m. CST

    The towers in my kid's mind

    by reagon

    In the 70's, I had an image of the twin towers in my head that had little to do with reality and all to do with Snake Plisskin and Dino De Laurentiis. Even as an adult, having never been to New York, those images made the towers seem bigger than life.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 3:07 a.m. CST

    I noticed it has those buildings

    by smackfu

    from before New York lost it's balls.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 3:20 a.m. CST

    Thats awesome.


    Best pic yet.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 2:55 a.m. CST

    Cool story.......

    by Righteous Brother

    which I read on that talkbacks here years ago. Somebody went to see Isaac Haye's live once and during the gig an audience member shouted out 'The Duke of New York A number one!!!' to which Isaac responded.......'Snaaaaaaaaake Plisken, I heard of you' I would love'd to have been there. Gotta a lot of love for EFNY.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    I have a vague memory that the Twin Towers were prominently featured in a movie but then the scene was excised after the tragedy... can't recall which tho?<p> They do look poignant and almost ghostly in this dawn photo.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Spider-man and Sopranos

    by vin_diggler

    both removed the towers after 911

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 9:14 a.m. CST

    They could never cut the towers out of this movie

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    How the heck would snake arrive on the island? You could even cut them out of the end without severely ruining the entire third act. They really should be removing the twin towers from any movie , I mean why hide that awesome spider-man trailer or why hide the orignal die hard poster, The towers stood strong for many decades no need to wipe them from existence just because some Camel rapers flew a plane into them

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Speilberg and Lucas also removed The two towers

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    Although I don't think te film was released yet, but Spielberg did go back last minute and paint them out of A.I. also There are rumours that George Lucas removed several scenes from the Coruscant skyline chase in attack of the clones, because they featured speeders crashing into high rise buildings

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST


    by pk68

    In the first trailer for the first Spider-Man flick the towers were in it a lot. Spidey webs up a helicopter full of bank robbers between them.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 9:50 a.m. CST

    I don't give a fuck about your war

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    Snake Plisskin: Ultimate Anti-Hero Badass

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Escape from Earth

    by KilliK

    come on Carpenter,do it before Russell gets too old for this shit.i am sure you have the connections to find a moderate budget for this flick to close the trilogy.come on.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST

    and FYI Snake Plisken = Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid

    by KilliK

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Replacing two towers with one tower is lame.

    by Nem_Wan

    Less is less. It's saying we don't have the confidence or money we had 40 years ago. Well actually we do have the money, but we're spending it on the most expensive memorial ever so we can remind ourselves of losing things and being outraged instead of building things and winning by being the best. USA, stop sucking already.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 1:03 p.m. CST

    The Twin Towers were in A.I.

    by TiVo1138

    At least they were the last time I watched it. And the movie came out before 9/11 happened.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Jim Cameron was the director of photography

    by skimn

    of special effects for the shoot. I recall, in maybe an old issue of Cinefex, that the vector graphics of the city that Snake saw inside the glider were filmed with a miniature of the city buildings outlined in phlorescent (sp) tape, because computer graphics at the time were too costly. Talk about old school.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Looks like Carpenter is having a ball

    by AsimovLives

    And damn good movie. This is what i call a proper fun moive. since when entertaiment has to be a whole mess of dumb, à lá Abrams Trek? ESCAPE FROM NEW YORk is the real deal. And so is it's memorable protagonist, one Snake Plissken, who everybody thinks he's dead.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Put the towers back.

    by dogu4

    Really...just as they were, and make the a*holes who helped to bring 'em down pay for them in more than just a little treasure...and then make sure that THEY (not us),those miserable a*holes never muther-f*kkin' ever forget that WE have not forgotten. Cheers. this photo, and I hate New York.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CST

    I visited the TWC

    by AsimovLives

    It was on august 2000, when id di my only vacation in the USA. It weas on a sunday. I loved the view from there. It was a sunny day, the city looked gorgeaus froma bove, and you could barely see the people down on the street. The view from above gave me the same type of sense and feeling that i have when i'm in a tall building looking down: peace and serenity. It has always been my life long dream to live in a very tall building at near the top floors.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Carpenter? I thought you were dead.

    by Flip63Hole

    I mean Snake, sorry...

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Removing the towers is stupid

    by GeorgieBoy

    To remove the towers completely from existence is to disgrace the memory of them and the people that died there. Shoot, maybe we should just erase the entire 2nd Lord of the Rings movie because it makes mention of "The Two Towers!" I mean, that's just as stupid as removing the WTC from every movie.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Instead of climbing the WTC...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...1976 Kong will now climb the side of ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 10:27 p.m. CST

    we lost the 'war on terror'

    by frank cotton

    when we failed to IMMEDIATELY rebuild the towers. we should have done that first, waited until the day they reopened, and THEN marched on SAUDI ARABIA

  • Dec. 5, 2010, 10:35 p.m. CST

    daisy dukes of new york

    by nobodycallsmcflyachicken

  • Dec. 6, 2010, 4:49 a.m. CST

    frank cotton

    by AsimovLives

    You lost the war on terror the moment when you invaded Iraq and believed the bullshit "justifications" of that George Dumbya Bush baboon. Good job, guys, very good job.

  • Dec. 6, 2010, 4:51 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Ye,s but what good movies they are. They are legend now. Unlike many of the movies you seem to like and praise made today. Most filmmakers can only dream of making one classic or cult film, Carpenter has a belly full of them.

  • Dec. 6, 2010, 5:17 a.m. CST

    Back when Carpenter made movies, period.

    by Charles Calthrop

    Before he got hooked on online gaming.