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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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Taglines:

The gang that swore a blood oath to destroy Precinct 13... and every cop in it! See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1976 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

The Anderson Alamo See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

CKK See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby Stereo (DVD re-release)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

During the filming of the dialogue-heavy scene between Darwin Joston and Charles Cyphers on the prison bus, the bus was being driven, rather than towed. Joston couldn't hear his own voice, because the bus' loud engine was directly underneath him. See more »

Goofs

When Wells hot wires the car and speeds away, the director shows the audience a long insert of a car rapidly traveling a dirt road. The car is at least two blocks away before the gang member in the back seat shoots Wells with a silenced rifle. Yet Wilson, Bishop, and Leigh clearly see and hear the killing but rationalize the sound as perhaps a window breaking. See more »

Quotes

Julie: Why would anybody want to shoot at a police station?
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Connections

Referenced in Ghosts of Mars (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

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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