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Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

A police sergeant and an unlikely band of criminals defend a closing LA precinct office on New Years Eve against an army of gang members.

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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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A cop with a war on his hands. His enemy... an army of street killers. His only ally... a convicted murderer. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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5 November 1976 (USA)  »

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John Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13  »

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$150,000 (estimated)
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John Carpenter: as one of the gang members shot trying to climb in through a window See more »

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Film takes place in Precinct 9, Division 13, not Precinct 13. See more »

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Wilson: That basement's not a bad place to be if they come at us again. The only way in aside from the vent is through that long narrow hallway. We might be able to hold them back for a couple of minutes... at best.
Lt. Ethan Bishop: We'd be trapped down there. No chance of escape.
Wilson: Well, we're not going to last one minute up here with only eight shots between us. The upstairs is out. It's flat, wide open up there. No cover at all.
Lt. Ethan Bishop: [after a pause; confident tone] Someone will come.
Wilson: A man with faith. That's a rare quality.
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Referenced in Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks: The Car (2015) 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 (Perth, Australia) – See 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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