Escape from L.A. is a 1996 American science fiction action film co-written, co-scored, and directed by John Carpenter, co-written and produced by Debra Hill and Kurt Russell, with Russell also starring as Snake Plissken. A sequel of Escape from New York, Escape from L.A. co-stars Steve Buscemi, Stacy Keach, Bruce Campbell, and Pam Grier. On August 23, 2000, an earthquake strikes Los Angeles, causing the San Fernando Valley to flood and turning a portion of California into an island from Malibu to Anaheim. An American presidential candidate (portrayed by Cliff Robertson), who is also an outspoken Christian theocrat, has been saying that L.A. is a "city of sin," and that "like the mighty fist of God, waters will rise up and separate this sinful, sinful city from our country." The candidate is shortly elected president and, by an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, his term is made permanent.