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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:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Austin Stoker ... Ethan Bishop

Darwin Joston ... Napoleon Wilson

Laurie Zimmer ... Leigh

Martin West ... Lawson

Tony Burton ... Wells

Charles Cyphers ... Starker

Nancy Kyes ... Julie (as Nancy Loomis)
Peter Bruni ... Ice Cream Man
John J. Fox ... Warden
Marc Ross ... Patrolman Tramer
Alan Koss ... Patrolman Baxter

Henry Brandon ... Chaney

Kim Richards ... Kathy

Frank Doubleday ... White Warlord
Gilbert De la Pena ... Chicano Warlord (as Gilbert De La Pena)
Peter Frankland ... Caudell
Al Nakauchi ... Oriental Warlord
James Johnson ... Black Warlord

Gilman Rankin ... Bus Driver
Cliff Battuello ... First Guard
Horace Johnson ... Second Guard
Valentine Villareal ... Chicano Tough
Kenny Miyamoto ... Oriental Tough
Jerry Viramontes ... Chicano Hood
Len Whitaker ... Black Hood
Kris Young ... Gang Member
Randy Moore ... Gang Member
Warren Bradley III ... Gang Member
Joe Woo Jr. ... Gang Member
Bill Taylor ... Gang Member (as William Taylor)

Brent Keast ... Radio Announcer (voice)
Maynard Smith ... Police Commissioner (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Carpenter ... Gang Member (uncredited)
James Jeter ... Precinct Captain (uncredited)

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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13" - , USA (DVD title)
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Runtime:
91 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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 (original rating) | France:12 (re-rating) (1982) | 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 (certificate #24701) | USA:X (original rating) | West Germany:18 (original rating) (1976)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Leigh's name is an in-joke reference to Rio Bravo (1959) scribe Leigh Brackett. Wilson always asking for a smoke is a running gag inspired by the cigarette gags in Howard Hawks westerns.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: While Kathy and her dad are trying to find their way to the nanny, Kathy spots a police car and suggests they ask the police for help. Looking out through the front window of the car, we see a deserted roadside with only the police car. Looking out the rear window a moment later, we see the police car in a row of other cars.See more »
Quotes:
Napoleon Wilson:In my situation, days are like women - each one's so damn precious, but they all end up leaving you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Saints Row 2 (2008) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
Assault On Precinct 13 (Main Title)See more »

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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Classic Carpenter, 28 October 2011
Author: Terrell Howell (KnightsofNi11) from United States

I long for the days when John Carpenter was ingenious enough to make such excellent films as his classics like Halloween, Escape From New York, and of course, The Thing. He's gone way downhill since those glory days but thankfully he built himself enough of a legacy that the aforementioned films will be the one's he is known for, along with a little film called Assault of Precinct 13. This is one of Carpenter's very first films, made back in 1976. It tells the story of a group of people holed up in a police station that is under siege by a ruthless South Los Angeles gang. It is a wicked film full of intense action, riveting suspense, and an incredible score written by Carpenter himself. It is a brief 90 minute flick that has a very low budget indie feel to it, but this only adds to the experience which makes this film into something truly remarkable.

It's hard to place exactly why I love this film. It is one of those that seems like it shouldn't be nearly as enjoyable and excellent as it is. There's plenty of cheese and its a very small scale low budget flick that doesn't possess any kind of pizazz, no remarkable production value, and no big name stars to carry the film. But it might just be all of these things that combine to make this film so much fun and so incredibly compelling. Carpenter makes the most out of what little he has and makes a uniquely awesome film. Herein lies a style that you either love or hate. If you can stand low budget action then you should love this film, as I do. If you long for something bigger then chances are you won't get much out of this. It's a matter of personal preference, but my preferences make me enjoy this film almost too much.

Something else that makes this film work is its overall tone. It's a very serious and hard hitting film. It is brutal and unapologetic when it comes to the level of violence, and it doesn't hold back. The immense darkness of the film makes us believe in what we are seeing and draws us deep into the film's driving emotion and sincerely intense action. This film is not satire, it's not a farce, it's not a parody. It is it's own type of film, managing to be utterly serious and absolutely wicked. This is a must see whether you are a John Carpenter fan or not.

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