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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?


Luc Besson wrote the part of Lola specifically for Dany Verissimo-Petit. See more »


The keypad on the bomb is inconsistent between views. In most close-ups it shows, top to bottom: '1 2 3 a' '4 5 6 b' '7 8 9 0', but when Damien tries to enter the last digit, the key 3 is in the bottom right corner. 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 »


References Escape from New York (1981) 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

GREAT action movie
14 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

People people people...anyone expecting Citizen Kane out of this movie needs to have their head examined. BUT...if you were looking for a thrilling, fast paced roller-coaster, that's what you will find.

For the past year, I have been seeking out alternatives to American cinema because it has become so formulaic and awful. I troll IMDb and eBay to see what else is happening in the world. Sure, B13 is derivative, but it is certainly more exciting than another "re-imagining" of a 70s cop show.

The opening sequence took my breath away. I was half-way through the film before I felt it was sage to dart to the kitchen for a drink. I said to my wife "THIS is the movie I've been searching for." Even the subtitles were good. The verbiage and spelling were very authentic and slang-conversational. It did not feel forced as many foreign films do. It was definitely subbed with the British market in mind, as some of the banter evoked thoughts of Lock, Stock or Layer Cake or Football Factory.

If I want a truly compelling story, I'll look elsewhere, but check out B13 for the some great fight scenes, excellent scenery and mind-blowing athleticism.

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