Sam Umland reports:

> One of my students broght to my attention an alleged internet rumor
> MGM was going to digitally alter John Carpenter's Escape From New York
> prior to releasing the Special Edition DVD later this year or early next.
> For those who by chance do not know the film, a group of terrorists hijack
> Air Force One and fly it into one of the World Trade Center Towers in an
> attempt to kill the President. I've heard no rumors about any possible
> influence the film may have had on the terrorists who performed the Sept.
> 11 attacks (highly unlikely). For those interested in the story, go to:

The link says that the rumor is unlikely, which I suspect is true.  In
the movie, Air Force One is hijacked and the President escapes in a
special pod that lands in a Manhattan of the future, which has been
sealed off as a high-security prison, and he is held hostage by the
criminals kept there.  Kurt Russell, as the hero, lands a glider on top
of one of the WTC towers as he begins his search for the President.
The tower itself is a wreck, of course, but still standing.

I doubt that the film had any more influence on the terrorists than
Spielberg's A.I., which also depicts a WTC in shambles (but standing)
after coastal waters have swamped the city.

Don Larsson

Donald F. Larsson, English Department, AH 230
Minnesota State University
Mankato, MN  56001

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