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Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

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An unlikely partnership between a Highway Patrol Officer, two criminals and a station secretary is formed to defend a defunct Los Angeles precinct office against a siege by a bloodthirsty street gang.

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Chicano Warlord (as Gilbert De La Pena)
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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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A White Hot Night of Hate! See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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5 November 1976 (USA)  »

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John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13  »

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$150,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Listed in Premiere Magazine's list of "50 Unsung Classics" (July 1999). See more »

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Film takes place in Precinct 9, Division 13, not Precinct 13. See more »

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Wilson: That basement's not a bad place to be if they come at us again. The only way in aside from the vent is through that long narrow hallway. We might be able to hold them back for a couple of minutes... at best.
Lt. Ethan Bishop: We'd be trapped down there. No chance of escape.
Wilson: Well, we're not going to last one minute up here with only eight shots between us. The upstairs is out. It's flat, wide open up there. No cover at all.
Lt. Ethan Bishop: [after a pause; confident tone] Someone will come.
Wilson: A man with faith. That's a rare quality.
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Referenced in 'Halloween' Unmasked 2000 (1999) 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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intense to say the least
14 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is possibly one of Carpenter's best films,with the exception of The thing.It is one of the great siege films of all time.The scene with Kim Richards(escape to witch mountain) is one of my favorites.This movie proves you don't have to have a multimillion dollar budget and big name stars to make a great movie.The performance by Laurie Zimmer was incredible.I can't believe she was never cast in another film(but thats Hollywood for you).If you like action and thrillers this film is definitely worth a look.Its not perfect, the plot has some holes, the premise is at times shaky, but all of the actors produce believable performances,especially Austin Stoker,Darwin Joston, and of course Zimmer.


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