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Hey Brooklyn: Nitehawk is Hosting a Kurt Russell Retrospective

Hey Brooklyn: Nitehawk is Hosting a Kurt Russell Retrospective

Williamsburg specialty theater Nitehawk is launching a retrospective of the films of actor Kurt Russell, running weekends from June 7th to 28th. You can enjoy an alcoholic drink or full meal (meat and greens, not just nachos) while watching your favorite Russell picture, including the grimy post-apocalyptic John Carpenter thriller “Escape New York” or Carpenter’s sci-fi horror classic “The Thing.” For fans of Quentin Tarantino, you can also catch his Robert Rodriguez collaboration “Grindhouse.” I’m guessing Nitehawk will offer novelty drinks and food to match the campy thrills of Russell’s onscreen violence. Please find below the full list of films, with links to purchase tickets. 

JUNE 4 (9:30pm)


Uncensored sexuality and hardcore thrills! Kurt Russell stars as the murderous car driver in Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse contribution, Death Proof. Preying on innocent women and then brutally ending their lives in violent car crashes, this sexy serial killer meets his match when he takes on a gang of stunt women. Brilliant. But before we get to Russell, there’s Robert Rodriguez’s all-star cult film take on the zombie film, Planet Terror. Oozing brains and Rose McGowan with a machine gun leg? Sign us up! Grindhouse is well known for its fictional trailer intermission by the like of Eli Roth, Edgar Wight, and Rob Zombie but we’re taking it up a notch by screening real 35mm trailers from the golden era itself.

Read more + tickets – here.

JUNE 7 and JUNE 8 (11:45am)


Kurt Russell plays a carpenter who seeks revenge on a rich lady with amnesia in the romantic comedy cult classic OVERBOARD. The rich, mean and beautiful heiress Joanna Stayton (played to comedic perfection by Goldie Hawn) treats all those she deems beneath her with real cruelty; this includes the handsome carpenter Dean Proffitt (played by Kurt Russell) who has been hired to build a new closet on her yacht and whom she refuses to pay after a disagreement. But things take a turn when Joanna falls overboard and is fished out of the sea by Dean. Plotting his revenge, he takes advantage of her amnesia to make her believe that she’s his wife who takes care of the cleans and takes care of the house! While Joanna’s memory eventually returns, the life lesson she learns is ever-lasting.

Read more + tickets – here.

JUNE 14 and JUNE 15 (12:15am)


Kurt Russell’s iconic Snake Plissken must save the President from an imprisoned, futuristic Manhattan in John Carpenter’s ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK. Call him “Snake.” The future is 1997 and the island of Manhattan is now a maximum security prison. Unfortunately it’s also the location where convicts took down the President of the United States’ plane. So the government sends in the “not dead” eye-patch wearing bank-robbing Snake Plissken to go in to retrieve the president and his cargo. But this mission isn’t exactly on Snake’s terms and, given the violent nature of how things run now in New York, it certainly isn’t going to be easy. Escape from New York is the quintessential dystopic view of American society’s future mixed in with that Kurt Russell charm and John Carpenter score.

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JUNE 20 and JUNE 21 (12:15am)


Kurt Russell stars as the wise-cracking truck driver Jack Burton in John Carpenter’s ever-classic, BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA. All aboard the Porkchop Express! American truck driver Jack Burton enters into a whole different world when he picks up his pal’s Wang Chi’s fiancee from the airport. Bubbling up from the depths of Chinatown is the evil and body-less Lo Pan who must marry a girl with emerald green eyes in order to regain his form…and guess who has green eyes? Thus commences an epic mystical underworld battle between good and evil complete with some of the best lines lines in film…When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, and he looks you crooked in the eye and he asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol’ Jack Burton always says at a time like that: “Have ya paid your dues, Jack?” “Yessir, the check is in the mail.”

Read more + tickets – here.

JUNE 27 and JUNE 28


Kurt Russell battles against the cold and a mysterious alien life-form in the John Carpenter version of THE THING. A team of scientists working in the frozen landscape of the Antarctic encounter a shape-shifting and killer alien being after a strange dog enters the camp. This is, of course, after witnessing a Norwegian team chasing the dog to kill it but perish in a helicopter crash before they can and before they can explain. Isolated in a part of the world nearly as remote as space, Kurt Russell’s R.J. MacReady leads the charge for survival not just his team but for the entire human race. Overshadowed upon its release by the more family friendly film E.T., Carpenter’s The Thing is a terrifying look at outer space in our own world that combines brilliant special effects and humorously scary scenes to punctuate this contemporary version of The Thing from Another World.

Read more + tickets – here.

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