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Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

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The lone inhabitants of an abandoned police station are under attack by the overwhelming numbers of a seemingly unstoppable street gang.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Darwin Joston ...
Laurie Zimmer ...
Martin West ...
Nancy Kyes ...
Julie (as Nancy Loomis)
Peter Bruni ...
John J. Fox ...
Marc Ross ...
Alan Koss ...
Frank Doubleday ...
Gilbert De la Pena ...
Chicano Warlord (as Gilbert De La Pena)


Police ambush and kill several gang members in Los Angeles. Gang members make a pact of blood to strike back at police, and conduct a siege on the police station which is almost abandoned and due to be closed. Staff of the closing precinct and the criminals being held there while in transit must work together to fight off the attacking gang members. Written by Scott McKenna <>

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L.A.'s deadliest street gang just declared war on the cops. See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller


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5 November 1976 (USA)  »

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$150,000 (estimated)

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The story that Ethan Bishop (Austin Stoker) tells about his father sending him to the police station when he was 6 years old with a note, is actually a true story of Alfred Hitchcock. Hitchcock told this to François Truffaut in Truffaut's book "Hitchcock". See more »


When the patrol car turns around at the station before the final assault the two officers are clearly seen wearing their uniform hats inside the car. Before and after that scene the officers are shown inside the patrol car with no hats on. See more »


Leigh: I'm curious about one thing.
Napoleon Wilson: Just one?
Leigh: No, there are other things. But at the moment this one interests me the most.
Napoleon Wilson: What's that?
Leigh: Why didn't you climb through that vent and take off down the sewer in the other direction?
Napoleon Wilson: Well, there are two things a man should never run from, even if they cost him his life. One is a man who's helpless and can't run with you.
Leigh: What's the other?
[Napoleon stares at her]
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"Can't argue with a confident man"
15 September 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The gritty, stylish 'Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)' is my first experience with American director John Carpenter, labelled an "auteur" by the French and a "bum" by his compatriots. At this early stage, I'm siding with the French. This is one of the definitive "siege films," a deft, low-budget blend of the American Western (let's say '3:10 to Yuma (1957)') and a zombie movie ('Night of the Living Dead (1968)' being an obvious influence). In modern-day Los Angeles, the lone inhabitants of a closing-down police station – among them police officers (Austin Stoker), secretaries (Laurie Zimmer), and prisoners (an ice-cool Darwin Joston) – are affronted by dozens of armed gangsters, who are waging a bloody war with the authorities as payback for recent gang-member deaths.

After an extended prologue, in which disparate story lines fatalistically converge on each other (and featuring one particularly nasty moment than nearly landed the film an X-rating) the siege scenario begins… and the tension rarely lets up. One sequence in particular, a tense crawl towards a parked car, had me holding my breath for minutes, its conclusion a veritable kick in the guts. Carpenter, assisted by his own low-key but insistent synchronised score, manipulates the film's urban setting to his advantage: isolation becomes so much more unbearable when civilisation is so near, and yet so unattainable. Chillingly, most of the antagonists themselves remain faceless shadows in the darkness, representing an incomprehensible force of evil, consumed by bloodlust, and unafraid of the consequences.

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