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District B13 (2004)

Banlieue 13 (original title)
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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)
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
Ludovic Berthillot ...
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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Several members of the gang in B13 wear American National Football League (NFL) jerseys from the New York Giants, New Orleans Saints, and the New York Jets. The production did not secure permission from the NFL Players Association to display any player's name, thus per the recommendation of the studio's lawyers, the names on the back were digitally removed before the film was released theatrically. See more »


When Damien attempts to punch in "3" to deactivate the bomb, the layout of the keypad is different than at any other time. 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 »


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Cuban Calor
Written by Atahlya and Itshy Tendaï
Performed by Atahlya and Itshy Tendaï
©2004 EuropaCorp
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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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