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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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Director:
Writer:
John Carpenter (written by)
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Release Date:
5 November 1976 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Violent and witty See more (209 total) »

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 Jr. .... special effects
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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2.35 : 1 See more »
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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 | Netherlands:16 (Original rating) | 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:
In 1983, Sydney based rock and roll band New Christs released a single 'Born Out Of Time'. The song was inspired by that line in the movie, the back of the sleeve features "Dedicated to Napoleon Wilson".See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: After the little girl is shot, the father chases the suspect. The car chase clearly starts during the light of day and continues into late dusk. A two hour chase in a populated city wouldn't go unnoticed by police.See more »
Quotes:
Wells:Look, they've moved the cars.
Bishop:I can't belive it. They parked them where they were before.
Wells:Why'd they do that?
Wilson:From a distance, the street looks normal. Like nothing happened.
Bishop:Like nothing happened? They gunned down five police officers! A secretary, one prisoner, we kill a dozen of them, and that's nothing happened?
Bishop:Well, where are the bodies?
[Bishop looks down at the ground and notices nothing there]
Bishop:They took them away!
Wells:How'd they do it so fast?
Wilson:Maybe they got the good fairy to help them.
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55 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
Violent and witty, 17 August 2004
Author: jbarnett76 from United Kingdom

This is rightly considered a classic cult movie from the 1970's by the once reliable John Carpenter (who also composed the edgy early synth score). Basically it's a faint mish-mash of other movies, the dialogue is reminiscent of great westerns as a black policeman and a white convict battle against gang members in a Night of The Living Dead re-working. It's also tempting to draw Vietnam allegories (as with many American movies of the mid 1970's and after); the faceless, nameless gang members die in the droves but keep attacking the besieged police station and the lawmen and the lawbreakers, black and white, must unite to defeat them and escape with their lives.

The real joy of this movie, however, is the playing of the two virtually unknown leads, Austin Stoker and the late Darwin Joston. They have a great, almost wry chemistry and use Carpenter's stripped-down witty dialogue to great effect. Because there are no 'stars', there are no real expectations, and the shocks when they come (including the famous ice cream sequence) are more shocking for it.

The representation of women leaves a little to be desired (the two female characters obviously shop at the same sweater store!) but the character Lee shows some inner strength and resolve, and even has time for some kind of upper hand in terms of sexual tension between herself and Joston's Napoleon Wilson.

If you haven't seen this movie I urge you to watch it; in terms of B movies and cult thrillers it's the yardstick in my opinion; simple, stylish, violent, witty and not remotely sentimental.

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