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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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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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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Basic but very effective and fun See more (204 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 .... 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 | 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:
John Carpenter has acknowledged 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:
Factual errors: The silenced revolver that Wells uses would not be silenced. On the vast majority of revolvers have a gap between the cylinder and the barrel, through which some gas can escape, rendering the silencer ineffective.See more »
Quotes:
Wells:Look at that, two cops wishing me luck. I'm doomed.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Raid: Redemption (2011)See more »

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36 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Basic but very effective and fun, 31 May 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

When a man and his daughter drive down the wrong street they get into the middle of a gang shooting. The little girl is killed and the father left distraught, but armed with another victim's gun. He catches up with the gang and kills the leader before seeking refuge in a local police station. However the station is only manned by a few staff as it is in the process of being shut down. A prison wagon also arrives at the station with sick prisoners for temporary holding – however it is then that the street gang launch their attack with stolen and silenced automatic weapons.

I had half watched this film several years ago and didn't review it then because I knew I had been distracted and not able to give it enough attention to be able to form a fair opinion of it – however I didn't really enjoy it then. Giving it another chance produced a much more enjoyable film, even if it seems very basic on the face of it. The plot seems very simple and, in fairness, it is – gang outside, people inside, people try to keep gang out and stay alive. This is doing it a disservice of course because it creates an enjoyable tension from this simple set-up and delivers some enjoyable (if basic) action and thrills. The direction is good; my personal favourite shot being the shot near the end where the smoke clears! This effective delivery is also aided by Carpenter's own score that is nicely pulsating and still sounds great even if it is dated – the important thing is that it still fits the film and therefore works.

The dialogue is trashy but this fits the slight b-movie feel the film has. The characters are also quite simple (very basic backgrounds and personalities for each) but again this seems to work really well. The strength of having a mostly unknown cast is that you can't be sure who will live or die by the end of the film. Despite being mostly unknowns (to me anyway) the performances are generally very enjoyable even if no Oscars are being given out. Stoker and Joston lead the film really well and give good, natural performances with an overflow of charisma. I don't know the other's outside of these two but the rest were good as well, even if the film belongs to Bishop and Wilson. I was a bit let down by the lack of a central bad guy but in one regard the film also uses this well by making the gang an unseen threat that could be an isolated group or an army.

Overall this is a very basic film in several regards, but it is also a very effective and enjoyable one. If you are looking for film references then there are some to be had but for most of us the film's charismatic leads, action and effective tension will be what we stay for – and luckily it has all those with some to spare.

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