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District B13 (2004)
"Banlieue 13" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  2 June 2006 (USA)
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Set in the ghettos of Paris in 2010, an undercover cop and ex-thug try to infiltrate a gang in order to defuse a neutron bomb.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony D'Amario ...
Bibi Naceri ...
Taha Bemamud (as Larbi Naceri)
Dany Verissimo-Petit ...
Lola (as Dany Verissimo)
François Chattot ...
Nicolas Woirion ...
Patrick Olivier ...
Jérôme Gadner ...
K2 boy 1
Tarik Boucekhine ...
Grégory Jean ...
Para 2
Warren Zavatta ...
Para 3
Dominique Dorol ...
Cerbère Taha
Le gros mercenaire


In the near future, the worst ghettos of Paris, France are literally walled off and among the worst is District B13. Controlled by the ruthless crime lord, Taha, a young righteous punk named Leïto is determined to bring him down. When the boss retaliates by kidnapping his sister, Lola, a rescue attempt by Leïto is destroyed by betrayal that gets him arrested and Lola kept in the clutches in Taha. Six months later, a crackerjack undercover cop named Damien is given a urgent mission: a neutron bomb has been stolen by Taha in District B13 which has an automatic timer function engaged and set to detonate in less than 24 hours. Now with time running out, Damien and Leïto must work together to find and stop the bomb, but there is far more to this crisis than any of the field players realize. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Welcome to District B13 Welcome to the future


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

2 June 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

District 13  »

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Box Office


€12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,324,693 (France) (19 November 2004)


$1,197,786 (USA) (25 August 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Alexandre Aja was originally hired to direct the movie. See more »


(at around 50 mins) When Keijman leaves the Ministry he gets into a Mercedes with license plate "654 EGT 75". In the next shot, the license plate has changed to "388 EGU 75". See more »


[first lines]
Title Card: Paris, 2010 / As crime spirals out of control, the government constructs a wall around highest risk housing projects.
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Crazy Credits

The Europacorp logo turns into a writing on a stone wall at the beginning of the movie. See more »


Featured in District 13: Ultimatum (2009) See more »


Hip-Hop Supermarché
Written by Fred Dudouet, Franck Mantegari and Ismaïla Diop
Performed by Fred Dudouet, Franck Mantegari and Ismaïla Diop
©2004 EuropaCorp / EMI Music Publishing France
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User Reviews

totally excellent from a non-action movie buff
24 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

i just saw an advanced screening of this in l.a. for this organization genart. This movie from the very beginning is very captivating with the smooth shots that flow and literally "jump" with the characters is amazing. it keeps you in the movie the whole time and the action scenes are the most unique i've seen since matrix, but a whole lot cooler. the movie is in french and has subtitles but actually adds to the movies authenticity and cool factor. its great hearing the actors speak in their native languages and it ends up making you want to learn french. the two leads are quite the french hotties and martial arts masters. its a simple enough plot with some twists to it. and less than 90 minutes its well worth your money. i plan on owning this once its out on DVD and definitely am waiting to see it again in theatres when it does come out. i'm not an action movie buff at all but this movie definitely kept my attention with the quick wit and humor from the characters and the quick but focused action. it was really mindboggling stunts that i kept saying ohmigod to. so definitely well worth a watch and recommendation to your friends.

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