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Actor + Director | 40 Great Collaborations In Movies
1. Kurt Russell & John Carpenter   View Complete List Page 1/40 Next

John Carpenter
Kurt Russell

Best Film
Escape From New York. Don�t get us wrong, we love Kurt Russell as The Thing�s put-upon chopper pilot but it�s legally impossible to look past Snake Plissken, a man so hard he popped out of the womb throwing punches. Given just 22 hours to rescue the US President from a lawless Manhattan, Plissken proceeds to spend a good 12 of them punching Ox Baker in the head.
Notable Pairings
The Thing, Big Trouble In Little China, Escape From New York

What's The Secret Of Their Success?
Kurt Russell is at his best bringing growly charisma to bear as an everyman trapped in just the kind of insanely demented situations Carpenter loved subjecting his characters to. The pair had a personal affinity off-screen too. "I feel like I have a smarter older brother in John," says Russell of the man who put an eyepatch on him and made him an icon.

Were They As Good With Anyone Else?
The indie god practically reinvented the thriller genre with Assault On Precinct 13, a murky, paranoiac update of Rio Bravo, while low-budget sci-fi (Dark Star) and horror (Halloween, The Fog) also got the Carpenter treatment in his �70s/early �80s golden patch. Russell has gone on to make genre pieces, compelling (Backdraft) and otherwise (Tequila Sunrise).

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