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Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

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A police sergeant must rally the cops and prisoners together to protect themselves on New Year's Eve, just as corrupt policeman surround the station with the intent of killing all to keep their deception in the ranks.

Writers:

John Carpenter (earlier film), James DeMonaco (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ethan Hawke ... Sgt. Jake Roenick
Laurence Fishburne ... Marion Bishop
Gabriel Byrne ... Capt. Marcus Duvall
Maria Bello ... Dr. Alex Sabian
Drea de Matteo ... Iris Ferry
John Leguizamo ... Beck
Brian Dennehy ... Sgt. Jasper O'Shea
Ja Rule ... Smiley (as Jeffrey 'Ja Rule' Atkins)
Currie Graham ... Mike Kahane
Aisha Hinds ... Anna
Matt Craven ... Officer Kevin Capra
Fulvio Cecere ... Ray Portnow
Peter Bryant ... Lt. Holloway
Kim Coates ... Officer Rosen
Hugh Dillon ... Tony
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Storyline

On New Year's Eve, inside a police station that's about to be closed for good, Officer Jake Roenick must cobble together a force made up of cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to kill mobster Marion Bishop. Written by IMDb Editors

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When bad boys turned heroes. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | Serbian

Release Date:

19 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Masacre en la cárcel 13 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,502,724, 23 January 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,976,073, 20 February 2005
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In the original movie, Bishop was the police officer and the Caucasian actor was the criminal. See more »

Goofs

Just after Roenick pulls the doc back from the front door after she tried to leave on her own: The lasers lines veers back and forth in much wider angles through the windows than would be coherent with the shooters being so far away that the story indicates. There's even some darting in a very steep angle upwards indicating that the shooters would be sitting few meters away from the building. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jake Roenick: Listen to me. What are we talking about, really? Getting high? No. We're talking about a journey, man. A subconscious safari. A mental expedition, OK, a mind trek. This planet has been raped, pillaged and fucked! And the mind is the only uncharted territory
[picks up cocaine]
Jake Roenick: And this shit is the ship. It's the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria and you... are fuckin' Magellan.
[spills a little bit of cocaine]
Jake Roenick: Oh fuck... I spilled some.
[laughs hysterically]
Jake Roenick: So what do you say my ...
[...]
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Good remake, but no competition for Carpenter.
20 November 2005 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

When they first announced there was a remake of John Carpenter's "Assault on Precinct 13" in progress, my immediate reactions were a little something like: "What?...Why?... This is blasphemy! ... This movie doesn't need to be remade!... etc etc" John Carpenter's original definitely was a revolutionary cult film. It was shocking, disturbing and politically incorrect and they simply can't make movies like that anymore nowadays, no matter how cliché that sounds. Therefore it was impossible for this remake by Jean-François Richet (never heard of him) to improve over the 1976-version. The good news, however, is that Richet never really tries to steal Carpenter's thunder and he surely delivered the best possible movie he could. Assault '05 is an A-budgeted movie that often has the charm of a B-movie and hangs together by adorable clichés, stereotypes and very explicit violence. On new years eve 2004, moments before the transfer towards a brand new police precinct, the old and abandoned precinct 13 is besieged by a gang of heavily armed and well-trained police officers. The reason? Top-gangster Marion Bishop, who was arrested earlier that night, has too much knowledge regarding the corrupt cop Marcus Duvall and his unit. In order to save their own careers, they have to eliminate Bishop before dawn, but also the innocent cops and random people who're in the precinct, because they know too much too now. The film offers quite a lot of suspense, good acting performances (by an impressive cast) and hard-boiled action. The setting (Chicago during a severe blizzard) adds to the tension. John Carpenter's original (which was, in fact, already a sort of remake of "Rio Bravo") will always remain one of the coolest, groundbreaking action movies ever (if it were only for that brutal and hugely controversial ice cream-truck sequence alone), but this film is a neat tribute.


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