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Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

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An unlikely partnership between a Highway Patrol Officer, two criminals and a station secretary is formed to defend a defunct Los Angeles precinct office against a siege by a bloodthirsty street gang.

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John Carpenter

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John Carpenter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Austin Stoker ... Ethan Bishop
Darwin Joston ... Napoleon Wilson
Laurie Zimmer ... Leigh
Martin West ... Lawson
Tony Burton ... Wells
Charles Cyphers ... Starker
Nancy Kyes ... Julie (as Nancy Loomis)
Peter Bruni Peter Bruni ... Ice Cream Man
John J. Fox John J. Fox ... Warden
Marc Ross Marc Ross ... Patrolman Tramer
Alan Koss Alan Koss ... Patrolman Baxter
Henry Brandon ... Chaney
Kim Richards ... Kathy
Frank Doubleday ... White Warlord
Gilbert De la Pena Gilbert De la Pena ... Chicano Warlord (as Gilbert De La Pena)
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Storyline

Police ambush and kill several gang members in Los Angeles. Gang members make a pact of blood to strike back at police, and conduct a siege on the police station which is almost abandoned and due to be closed. Staff of the closing precinct and the criminals being held there while in transit must work together to fight off the attacking gang members. Written by Scott McKenna <smckenna@lcb.state.nv.us>

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L.A.'s deadliest street gang just declared war on the cops. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1978 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13 See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)
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CKK See more »
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Mono | Dolby Stereo (DVD re-release)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The station house is referred to as "Precinct 9, Division 13", yet the sign above the door reads "Division 14". See more »

Goofs

When Bishop is hammering in the station has moved sign in front of the station, there are two bullet holes on each side of the front door on the white concrete. Later in the film he dodges bullets when he goes out of the front door to check on the Sergeant after Julie thinks the Sergeant fell down. Bishop dodges the bullets at night when he tries to check on the Sergeant. The two holes are created in that scene. See more »

Quotes

Napoleon Wilson: Someone will come.
Leigh: A man with faith, a rare quality.
Leigh: What about you?
Napoleon Wilson: I've never had too much faith in anyone coming to my rescue.
Napoleon Wilson: Maybe you've been associating with the wrong people.
Leigh: I've been with policemen for five years.
Napoleon Wilson: That's enough to grow hair on a rock.
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Referenced in Cowgirl (2004) See more »

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Assault On Precinct 13 (Main Title)
Written by John Carpenter
Performed by John Carpenter and Tommy Lee Wallace
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A 1970s suspense classic. Absolutely brilliant!
1 July 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Watching John Carpenter's latest 'Ghosts Of Mars' recently I couldn't help but wonder what happened to Carpenter's vision. 'Assault On Precinct 13' was made 25 years earlier on probably a tenth of the budget and is basically the same movie only ten times better! Carpenter self-consciously uses Hawks' 'Rio Bravo', adds a touch of Romero's 'Night Of The Living Dead' and comes up with arguably the most exciting siege movie of all time. This gem is a perfect example of superior low budget film making. Relative unknowns Austin Stoker ('Abby') and Darwin Joston ('Eraserhead') are both outstanding as the stars of this taut and unpredictable thriller, and the supporting cast includes Laurie Zimmer (sadly her only movie), Nancy Loomis ('Halloween'), Kim Richards ('The Car' - in the movie's most controversial and memorable scene), and Carpenter semi-regular Charles Cyphers ('Escape From New York'). One of Carpenter's best efforts and overall an extraordinarily underrated movie. 'Assault On Precinct 13' is a classic! Add this to your "must see" list immediately!


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