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District B13 (2004)

Banlieue 13 (original title)
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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Taha Bemamud (as Larbi Naceri)
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Lola (as Dany Verissimo)
François Chattot ...
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Patrick Olivier ...
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Jérôme Gadner ...
K2 boy 1
Tarik Boucekhine ...
Grégory Jean ...
Para 2
Warren Zavatta ...
Para 3
Dominique Dorol ...
Cerbère Taha
Ludovic Berthillot ...
Le gros mercenaire
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Storyline

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)

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Welcome to District B13 Welcome to the future

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

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2 June 2006 (USA)  »

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Budget:

€12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Cyril Raffaelli and David Belle had three months to prepare all their parkour stunts for the film. See more »

Goofs

In the English dub, when the code is being typed into the bomb, Tomaso reads it as "D13", but types "B13", due to the translation of Banlieue as District. See more »

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

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References Fantomas (1964) See more »

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Hip-Hop Kidnapping Bombe
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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Great ACTION film (don't go looking for deep plot)
12 October 2005 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

The French answer to Ong Bak coulda been the final word, with superior production values and a serviceable if not exactly profound story-line (how much story can you get in an 80 minute film that's 50% action though?). Unfortunately it's let down by "Hollywood style" over-editing of the action scenes. David Belle & Cyril Raffaelli have *real* skills, and showing them off is the raison de etre of the film - so why chop most of the best moves into 3 separate shots, so we can't really appreciate them? It's a tribute to the performers and Raffaelli's choreography that they're still amazing to watch! I'd love to see a re-edit that simply removes the unnecessary insert shots and shows the moves in their full glory. Despite this objection, I still rate the film 8/10 :)


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