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Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

A police sergeant and an unlikely band of criminals defend a closing LA precinct office on New Years Eve against an army of gang members.

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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 <smckenna@lcb.state.nv.us>

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The gang swore a blood oath to destroy Precinct 13... and every cop in it! See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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5 November 1976 (USA)  »

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$150,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Carpenter has acknowledged that Night of the Living Dead (1968) was an influence on the marauding street gang. Like George Romero's zombies, they're completely dehumanized. They hardly talk and almost seem supernatural in their ongoing resilience. See more »

Goofs

In the infamous "Ice Cream Truck" scene, you can see a box of Skittles on top of the freezer in the truck. This film was released in 1976, probably shot in 1975. Skittles didn't become available in the United States until 1979, and then only as an import. It didn't become a domestic product until 1982. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Ethan Bishop: [shoves cop violently to one side] Get away from him!
[to Wilson]
Lt. Ethan Bishop: It would be a privilege if you'd walk outside with me.
Napoleon Wilson: [deadpan] I know it would.
Lt. Ethan Bishop: [smiles] You're pretty fancy, Wilson.
Napoleon Wilson: [smiles] I have moments.
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Referenced in Beyond the Grave (2010) See more »

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Assault On Precinct 13 (Main Title)
Written by John Carpenter
Performed by John Carpenter and Tommy Lee Wallace
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"Can't argue with a confident man"
15 September 2010 | by 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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