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Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

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A police sergeant must rally the cops and prisoners together to protect themselves on New Year's Eve, just as corrupt policeman surround the station with the intent of killing all to keep their deception in the ranks.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Smiley (as Jeffrey 'Ja Rule' Atkins)
Officer Kevin Capra
Ray Portnow
Peter Bryant ...
Lt. Holloway


On New Year's Eve, inside a police station that's about to be closed for good, officer Jake Roenick must cobble together a force made up cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to kill mobster Marion Bishop. Written by IMDb Editors

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The only people more dangerous that the hardened criminals... are the cops. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language throughout, and for some drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 January 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Masacre en la cárcel 13  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,502,724 (USA) (21 January 2005)


$281,429 (South Africa) (17 June 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Laurence Fishburne's character is called Bishop. This was also the last name of the protagonist of the original Assault on Precinct 13 (1976). See more »


Just after Roenick pulls the doc back from the front door after she tried to leave on her own: The lasers lines veers back and forth in much wider angles through the windows than would be coherent with the shooters being so far away that the story indicates. There's even some darting in a very steep angle upwards indicating that the shooters would be sitting few meters away from the building. See more »


[first lines]
Jake Roenick: Listen to me. What are we talking about, really? Getting high? No. We're talking about a journey, man. A subconscious safari. A mental expedition, OK, a mind trek. This planet has been raped, pillaged and fucked! And the mind is the only uncharted territory
[picks up cocaine]
Jake Roenick: And this shit is the ship. It's the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria and you... are fuckin' Magellan.
[spills a little bit of cocaine]
Jake Roenick: Oh fuck... I spilled some.
[laughs hysterically]
Jake Roenick: So what do you say my ...
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whoever green-lighted this one should have been fired
14 May 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

One of the worst movies I have ever seen. I have a hard time imagining that any of the major actors read the script before accepting their roles. Both Hawk & Fishburne are capable of so much more, have their careers really sunk so low that they have to make this kind of garbage? The characters were such one-dimensional clichés, it's no wonder that the only attempt at character development was a gratuitous shoot out at the beginning which had nothing to do with the rest of the film The story was unbelievable. Scrambled cell phone signals? Calling in helicopter support without anyone else in the department noticing? A forest magically appearing in the middle of inner city Detroit? It's pretty insulting that the producers thought so little of their audience's intellect.

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