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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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Pierre Morel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cyril Raffaelli ... Capt. Damien Tomaso
David Belle ... Leïto
Tony D'Amario ... K2
Bibi Naceri Bibi Naceri ... Taha Bemamud (as Larbi Naceri)
Dany Verissimo-Petit ... Lola (as Dany Verissimo)
François Chattot François Chattot ... Krüger
Nicolas Woirion Nicolas Woirion ... Corsini
Patrick Olivier Patrick Olivier ... Le colonel
Samir Guesmi ... Jamel
Jérôme Gadner Jérôme Gadner ... K2 boy 1
Tarik Boucekhine Tarik Boucekhine ... Yoyo (para 1)
Grégory Jean Grégory Jean ... Para 2
Warren Zavatta Warren Zavatta ... Para 3
Dominique Dorol Dominique Dorol ... Cerbère Taha
Ludovic Berthillot 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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | Spanish

Release Date:

2 June 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

District 13 See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Box Office

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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Sound Mix:

DTS-ES | Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Despite common misunderstandings, the film is set in 2013 not 2010. The opening script on screen say that the sectioning off of District 13 was actioned in 2010 and as the camera surveys the wall you see markings that say "completed Oct 2010" in French. Then it says "Three years later" as the main film starts, making it 2013 and the sequel is 2016. 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 »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

The Europacorp logo turns into a writing on a stone wall at the beginning of the movie. 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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The Perfect Action Movie
12 June 2006 | by lyreSee all my reviews

This film takes everything that has been learned in the last 100 years about how to make an action movie and distills it into a perfect 85 minutes.

The stars are true athletes, including David Belle, the co-founder of the sport of Parkour. He has spent 18 years perfecting his skills, which means that most of the spectacular stunts are real, not done with special effects.

The plot is action-movie perfect as well: A criminal kingpin, a damsel in distress, an honest cop, a noble criminal, corrupt officials, double crosses, nearly superhuman enemies. And at stake: honor, truth and the lives of millions.

There are hardly any extraneous elements, few scenes that don't make sense, no characters that do something really stupid when they should have known better. Every loose end is wrapped up in a very satisfying way. And there's even meaningful social commentary. All (though I said it before) in 85 minutes.

Why do other action movies drag on for two or even three hours and have long slow spots? Why do other action movies have plot holes big enough to walk through? Why do some of them lack drama, get silly and end up feeling like a waste of time? Why can't they all be as taut and tightly written as this one?

Because it's hard. It's hard to reach this level of perfection. It's hard to make a movie in which every scene counts. It's hard to get the plot, the acting, the action and the emotions right.

It's so hard it took 100 years. But here it is. Don't miss it.


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