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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Capt. Damien Tomaso
... Leïto
... K2
Bibi Naceri ... Taha Bemamud (as Larbi Naceri)
... Lola (as Dany Verissimo)
François Chattot ... Krüger
Nicolas Woirion ... Corsini
Patrick Olivier ... Le colonel
... Jamel
Jérôme Gadner ... K2 boy 1
Tarik Boucekhine ... Yoyo (para 1)
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

Opening Weekend USA:

$411,544, 4 June 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,197,786, 27 August 2006
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Trivia

In the scene where Leito (David Belle) is being chased near the beginning of the film, the way in which he does it in is in fact an activity called Parkour and was invented by Belle himself, influenced by his father Raymond Belle. There weren't any special effects (wirework, computer graphics...) used in 90% of the Parkour scenes. See more »

Goofs

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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References Blazing Saddles (1974) 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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Great ACTION film (don't go looking for deep plot)
12 October 2005 | by 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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