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Assault on Precinct 13 -- A street gang vows revenge on the police officers who ambushed them in this vintage trailer
Assault on Precinct 13 -- 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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Writer:
John Carpenter (written by)
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Release Date:
5 November 1976 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
L.A.'s deadliest street gang just declared war on the cops. See more »
Plot:
The lone inhabitants of an abandoned police station are under attack by the overwhelming numbers of a seemingly unstoppable street gang. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Directed by
John Carpenter 
 
Writing credits
John Carpenter (written by)

Produced by
Steve Fine .... assistant producer
J. Stein Kaplan .... producer (as J.S. Kaplan)
Joseph Kaufman .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
John Carpenter 
 
Cinematography by
Douglas Knapp (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John Carpenter  (as John T. Chance)
 
Art Direction by
Tommy Lee Wallace  (as Tommy Wallace)
 
Makeup Department
Don Bledsoe .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
James Nichols .... post-production supervisor
John Syrjamaki .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Nichols .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Dick Girod .... set painter (as Richard Girod)
Craig Stearns .... property master
 
Sound Department
Alan Cassidy .... boom operator
William Cooper .... sound recordist
Bill Varney .... sound re-recordist
Tommy Lee Wallace .... sound effects (as Tommy Wallace)
 
Special Effects by
Richard Albain .... special effects (as Richard Albain Jr.)
Ken Speed .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Rueben Joe Melendez .... stunt driver
John Roy Rogers .... stunt driver
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack English .... gaffer
Michael Everett .... best boy
Trippy Gafford .... grip
William E. Mareneck .... best boy (as William Mareneck)
Douglas Olivares .... assistant camera
Rena Small .... still photographer
William Waldman .... assistant camera
Kurt Young .... key grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nancy Kyes .... wardrobe mistress (as Louise Kyes)
 
Editorial Department
Debra Hill .... assistant editor
Curt Schulkey .... second assistant editor
 
Music Department
Peter Bergren .... music engineer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Trippy Gafford .... driver
 
Other crew
Tom Hansen .... production assistant
Debra Hill .... script supervisor
Marla Miller .... production assistant
Randy Moore .... production assistant
Blake Schaefer .... production assistant
Jocelyne Stoikovitch .... production assistant
Maxine Syrjamaki .... payroll
 
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Runtime:
91 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Certification:
Australia:R | Canada:PA (Manitoba) (original rating) | Canada:18A (Manitoba) (re-rating) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1995) | Finland:K-18 (cut) (1978) | France:16 (cut) (original rating) | France:12 (re-rating) | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2005) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:18 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 (cut) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2008) | UK:18 (video rating) (1986) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (original rating) (1976)

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Trivia:
Some of the gang members were played by USC students. They apparently had lots of fun finding ways of dying while spilling blood over themselves.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In two police radio conversations the dispatcher refers to the unit he is talking to by one call sign; they reply identifying themselves by an entirely different call sign.See more »
Quotes:
Leigh:I go through all that, and his gun isn't even loaded.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Halloween: 25 Years of Terror (2006) (V)See more »

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65 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
Awesome Assault, 6 June 2004
Author: MovieAddict2014 from UK

John Carpenter is one of few directors who can successfully transform their movies into giant roller coaster rides without insulting the audience. James Cameron does this, sometimes, but usually adds more plot to his stories. Carpenter just takes simple premises, throws some characters together, and lets everything evolve and unwind on their own. "Assault on Precinct 13" deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as "Dawn of the Dead," or perhaps the overrated "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," as a very low-budget horror/thriller that takes a cast of unknowns, places them together, doesn't really delve into their backgrounds, but lets everything just work itself out like clockwork. There's an eager new cop, an infamous death row murderer, and a relocating precinct, all stuffed together into a movie about a vicious gang assault. It's brilliant in a very subtle way; a sign of things to come for a director who has implemented some of the most oft-used camera tricks in the horror world.

He pioneered the first-person killer perspective in "Halloween" - an effect sorely missed on full screen TV and VHS versions, to once again be savored on the wide screen DVD presentation. Carpenter received quite a number of critical jabs in 1978 for his use of the POV technique, explained to be too voyeuristic and potentially dangerous to be shown in a mainstream motion picture. Hitchcock used the POV technique very subtly in "Psycho's" famous shower sequence, but in "Halloween" it was far blunter, resulting in an uproar of moral complaints.

No matter. "Halloween" became movie horror legend, casting a spell over its viewers, inspiring major knock-offs such as the "Friday the 13th" series (which has overall made more money than the "Halloween" franchise due to more sequels than "Police Academy").

"Assault on Precinct 13" was one of Carpenter's very first efforts at directing. It shows. The movie is flawed, imperfect, both technically and otherwise (some of the dialogue in particular could have used fixing, and the acting is nothing incredible by any means). But it still has an addictive sense of urgency and frantic pacing that makes the movie feel like one long, non-stop, brutal assault - even though the setup for the film takes over forty minutes. It may not be a flawless film but it is one of my favorites.

It's about a new cop named Bishop (Austin Stoker) who is put in charge of a transferring L.A. police precinct - number thirteen. As equipment is carried out of the building and last-minute closings are made, far away a bus load of convicts, including notorious murderer Wilson (Darwin Joston), decide to stop at precinct 13 due to the fact that one of the criminals seems to be coming down with a harsh cough. And downtown, a young girl is shot by a ruthless gang member. Her father shoots the killer, and then flees to precinct thirteen, hunted by the gang members, who eventually begin to siege the precinct in a suicide raid. Trapped with two killers, a few cops and a jail warden, Bishop and company try to think of a way out of the place without getting shot by the vicious gang outside.

That's basically it - people stuck inside a police station trying to get out without dying in the process. The movie is only ninety minutes long, give or take, which is a good thing, because if it had been any longer it might have lost some of its pacing and become tiring. Instead, there isn't a single scene in "Assault on Precinct 13" that I think should have been cut. I'm sure there are some that could have been tossed onto the editing room floor, but I'm glad that the movie is the way it is - it flows smoothly and we don't ever feel like a scene has gone on too long or too short. In that sense, it's just about perfect.

Carpenter has had one of the most successful careers of all time, followed by a legion of cult fans. His "Halloween" is one of the greatest horror films of all time, and one of the most influential. He occasionally makes his duds, like any director, but in this case, the good far outweighs the bad. "Assault on Precinct 13" is an utterly refreshing film experience that manages to maintain a fast speed but never appears to be cheating its target audience, or treating them stupid. The movie is being remade in 2005, with a considerably higher budget, bigger names, and probably worse directing. I don't really look forward to this remake because I can almost guarantee that, given the age it is being made in, there will be many pointless plot explanations, worse dialogue and bad direction. "Assault on Precinct 13" does not really need to be made again because the first one works so well. History has taught us that most remakes are not at all on the same level as their influences - just look at Hitchcock's "Psycho," then Van Sant's. If it isn't broken, don't fix it. "Assault on Precinct 13" is not broken and it does not need to be fixed.

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