Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Detroit Getting RoboCop Sculpture; St. Louis Needs Snake Plissken Statue

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 10:25 AM

click to enlarge Snake Plissken: You know this guy's statue would be a major tourist draw.
  • Snake Plissken: You know this guy's statue would be a major tourist draw.
So, the other day we here at Daily RFT discovered that Detroit is getting a statue of RoboCop, based on the 1987 film about a half-cyborg, half-human police officer fighting for justice in a futuristic version of the Motor City. And that got us thinking...

No knock against RoboCop, but in our minds a more statue-worthy, '80s flick depicting a crime-ridden city of the future was the 1981 film Escape from New York -- a movie shot largely in St. Louis.

Kurt Russell played the main character of Snake Plissken, a criminal sent into the penal colony of New York City to rescue the president of the United States. St. Louis was chosen as a filming location because writer/director John Carpenter (Halloween) needed a decrepit urban core that could pass for a burned-out New York of the future.

As documented on IMDB and this fantastic website, several St. Louis landmarks made their way into the movie, including the Fabulous Fox Theatre (prior to its renovation), Union Station (ditto the Fox parenthesis) and the downtown streets of Locust and Washington avenues.

So, how about it, St. Louis? Wouldn't a big statue of Snake Plissken look great somewhere downtown? Perhaps at the corner of Washington and Tucker to -- you know -- scare the criminal element away from the nightclub and loft district?

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