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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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Tony D'Amario ...
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Bibi Naceri ...
Taha Bemamud (as Larbi Naceri)
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Lola (as Dany Verissimo)
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Jérôme Gadner ...
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Grégory Jean ...
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Warren Zavatta ...
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Dominique Dorol ...
Cerbère Taha
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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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Rated R for strong violence, some drug content and language | See all certifications »

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10 November 2004 (France)  »

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€12,000,000 (estimated)

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£98,747 (UK) (7 July 2006)

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$1,197,786 (USA) (25 August 2006)
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David Belle nailed the stunt where he jumps up and smashes through the tiny window above a door in just two takes. See more »

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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 »

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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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Cuban Calor
Written by Atahlya and Itshy Tendaï
Performed by Atahlya and Itshy Tendaï
©2004 EuropaCorp
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A great not-a-lot-of-brain pure adrenalin movie
26 June 2006 | by (Paris) – See all my reviews

In the usual big-budget American action movie of those days, there would be, besides the action, a love story and a bad boy redemption. No such crap here, this movie is much close to "Escape from New York" (I'd say it is even a little kind of a remake) than to an usual action blockbuster. There is not a lot of moral but some kind of a political message about the french suburbs. Anyhow the action is great, the acting is surprisingly good (even if I'm sure that the young Dany Verissimo - the girl - is not very well used). So ? Worth watching. Violent, like kids schoolyard games, not horrific (no torture, no blood), not "adult" (even if Dany Verissimo happens to be a famous adult movie actress), but not too unbelievable either : while you watch, you're in, you believe in all, the action and the plot.


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