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Release Date:
5 November 1976 (USA) See more »
L.A.'s deadliest street gang just declared war on the cops. See more »
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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User Reviews:
Neat thriller from John `Claustrophobia' Carpenter See more (216 total) »


  (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)
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
Crew verified as complete

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91 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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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 | USA:X (original rating) | West Germany:18 (original rating) (1976)

Did You Know?

Darwin Joston's portrayal of convict Napoleon Wilson is inspired by Charles Bronson's character "Harmonica" in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) (Once Upon a Time in the West); when asked to explain themselves and their actions, both respond "Only at the point of dyin'." As Wilson explains why he has killed so many people, he recalls that when he first saw a preacher, the preacher told him "Son, there is something strange about you. You got something to do with death." This quote belongs to Jason Robards's character Cheyenne in "Once Upon a Time in the West" and is the title of Christopher Frayling's biography of 'Sergio Leone'.See more »
Continuity: Film takes place in Precinct 9, Division 13, not Precinct 13.See more »
Napoleon Wilson:I believe in one man.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Backstory: Halloween" (2002)See more »


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19 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Neat thriller from John `Claustrophobia' Carpenter, 5 July 2002
Author: Aidan McGuinness from Dublin, Ireland

`Assault on Precinct 13' shows Carpenter in the fine creative form of his earlier days, when he produced such thriller and horror gems like `Halloween', `The Thing' and this little movie. As usual he eschews a complex plot in favour of a great little central concept - in this case a group of civilians, prisoners and police trapped in a deserted police station under siege from a mysterious gang who want to get at one man inside.

The acting in these movies is generally bland, but Carpenter at least breathes some dimension into his characters. The lead role goes to Lt. Ethan Bishop (Austin Stoker), the cop in charge of minding the building for the night. Naturally he's honourable but there's also a good sense of pragmatism to his character. Similarly the prisoner Napoleon (Darwin Joston) isn't just a criminal - there's something quite human to him. The same goes for the civilians caught up - despite their disparities the characters become a relatively cohesive unit that's quite believable, enjoyable without veering into grating sentimentality ever. Naturally a lot of them are cannon fodder but the loss of individuals in such movies is one of the anticipations you expect in the genre.

Carpenter did a great service by making the protagonists of the piece silent. They never utter a word. They have nothing in common, hailing from all races. We have no motivation for their actions and thankfully we're spared weak, and frankly pointless, excuses. Instead their blank faced determinism, and the manner in which they mete out death, lends them a horrific cold bloodedness that is far more memorable than typical thriller character building. There's not so much a sense of palpable evil but a much more terrifying sense of complete inhumanity. Carpenter also uses his great skills with claustrophobia - even the outdoor scenes are deserted, lonely, isolated. The actual station under siege is well designed - we're made aware of the layout quickly, before the action starts, so that the action sequences make sense without confusing us on issues of location. The darkness of the proceedings - pale lighting and so forth - add to the edgy mood of the characters. And Carpenter once again has a nice musical score accompanying his movie - it may sound dated, but it suits the ambience and atmosphere to a tee.

`Assault on Precinct 13' is hardly clever. It's not claiming to be. It's a low budget work with a central `siege' idea. It works because of the claustrophobic element, the feeling of desperation in the characters, some neat villains and fairly well fleshed characters. It may not be the pinnacle of its type, but it sure is enjoyable while it lasts. 6.8/10.

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