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12th Feb 2024

One of the biggest cult movies of all time is airing on TV tonight

Stephen Porzio

It has one of the greatest film premises ever.

Already seen the great gangster movie on Netflix and the underrated comedy series on Prime Video we’ve recommended?

Well, here are the films airing on TV this Monday night (12 February):

Escape from New York – Sky Max – 9pm

Our pick for this evening is this 1981 sci-fi action flick set in a near-future where the US has become overrun with crime, leading the government to turn Manhattan Island in New York into a giant prison.

However, when the US president (Donald Pleasance) finds himself trapped on the island after a plane crash, ex-soldier and current prisoner Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is forced to venture into the crumbling Manhattan filled with criminals and gangs to rescue him.

Escape from New York was co-written and directed by legendary filmmaker John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing) and also features amongst its ensemble cast incredible character actors like Adrienne Barbeau, Ernest Borgnine, Harry Dean Stanton, Isaac Hayes and Lee Van Cleef.

And thanks to its imaginative premise and world-building, as well as Russell’s iconic character and lead turn, Escape From New York is now still widely considered a cult classic – and even earned a sequel 15 years later.

The movie is also available to stream on Sky Movies. Check out a trailer for Escape from New York below:

The River Wild – Legend – 9pm

A young family (led by Meryl Streep and David Strathairn) are taken hostage by a pair of armed fugitives (Kevin Bacon and John C. Reilly) while on a white-water rafting holiday in this taut ’90s thriller.

Speed 2: Cruise Control – ITV4 – 9pm

Jason Patric steps in for Keanu Reeves in this critically reviled sequel.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back – Film4 – 9pm

Tom Cruise should have probably taken his own film’s advice and never made this lacklustre sequel.

What They Had – TG4 – 9.30pm

In this 2018 drama, two siblings (Hilary Swank and Michael Shannon) come into conflict with their father (Robert Forster) over whether or not to put their mother (Blythe Danner), who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, in a nursing home.

escape from new york

Jack’s Back – Legend Xtra – 10.50pm

James Spader has a dual role in this ’80s crime thriller horror about a serial killer in Los Angeles who celebrates Jack the Ripper’s 100th birthday by committing similar murders.

P.S. I Love You – BBC Two – 11.15pm

This partially-set in Ireland romantic drama stars Hilary Swank, again, and Gerard Butler.

World War Z – Film4 – 11.20pm

Brad Pitt stars in what is probably the biggest zombie movie of all time.

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