Escape from New York (1981)
Admittedly, Escape from New York is one of my all-time favorite movies. Plisskin is my gaming tag. Part of what made that film so great – apart from Carpenter’s vision of a dystopian America in response to the Watergate scandal – is the smarmy President played by Donald Pleasence. Kurt Russell’s Snake Plissken, against his own will, is tasked with rescuing the president after Air Force One crash lands in Manhattan. The island itself has been turned into the country’s largest maximum security prison, where violence and debauchery reign. Plissken, himself a convicted criminal, is given a presidential pardon for successfully carrying out the mission, but when Snake confronts the president about the people who died in his name, the president offers zero remorse.