Assault on Precinct 13

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Overview

Cops, secretaries, and prisoners stuck in a soon-to-be-shuttered L.A. police station fight off a horde of murderous gang members in director John Carpenter's homage to Howard Hawks. When police officer Bishop Austin Stoker is left in charge of Precinct 13 on the last day it's open, he isn't prepared for the onslaught of a murderous street gang who have come into the possession of an enormous arsenal of guns. Finding himself trapped in the precinct with a pair of secretaries Laurie Zimmer and Nancy Loomis, a few ...
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Overview

Cops, secretaries, and prisoners stuck in a soon-to-be-shuttered L.A. police station fight off a horde of murderous gang members in director John Carpenter's homage to Howard Hawks. When police officer Bishop Austin Stoker is left in charge of Precinct 13 on the last day it's open, he isn't prepared for the onslaught of a murderous street gang who have come into the possession of an enormous arsenal of guns. Finding himself trapped in the precinct with a pair of secretaries Laurie Zimmer and Nancy Loomis, a few civilians and a handful of prisoners, Bishop is unable to call for help because the phones have already been disconnected and the precinct is in a run-down, out-of-the-way neighborhood. Holding out for a rescue, he and his fellow prisoners band together to barricade themselves in and hold the bandits at bay. But as the casualties mount and the supplies run low, they must choose between a daring escape attempt, a fiery offensive, or certain death. The sophomore feature from auteur-in-the-making John Carpenter, Assault on Precinct 13 reunited the director with Douglas H. Knapp, his cinematographer on 1974's Dark Star.
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Special Features

New interviews with actress Nancy Loomis Kyes and Art Director/Sound Effects Designer Tommy Lee Wallace; Audio Commentary by Writer/Director John Carpenter; Interview with John Carpenter and actor Austin Stoker; Theatrical trailer; Radio spots
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Although its production values are a solid step up from the audaciously pieced-together Dark Star, John Carpenter's sophomore features remains another example of the director's ability to do more with less. Lean, frill-free, and focused on action, the film earns constant comparisons to Howard Hawks' Rio Bravo and George Romero's Night of the Living Dead. The differences are as illuminating as the similarities, however, for Assault on Precinct 13 lacks the socially conscious overtones of the Romero film and the tough-guy heroics of the Hawks one. That leaves tight plotting, tight-lipped dialogue, and a beautiful tableaux of breaking windows and bouncing bullets. The cast is supremely functional, for they aren't characters so much as pieces on a chess board, but with a minimum of fuss they embody the coiled fear and languorous boredom of life under intermittent siege -- especially Laurie Zimmer and Nancy Loomis as a pair of police secretaries. Though a few chuckles come during an early sequence in which the world's most annoyingly precious little girl gets her comeuppance, there's little explicit humor to leaven the proceedings. But the legion of B-movie biker villains and the sheer glee with which Carpenter choreographs his mayhem help make Assault on Precinct 13 first and foremost a popular entertainment. Considering that it was filmed for a fraction of what it costs to shoot a high-concept Hollywood action flick 25 years later, this one really should be a film-school staple.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/2013
  • UPC: 826663144352
  • Original Release: 1976
  • Rating:

  • Source: Shout Factory
  • Region Code: A
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 8,165

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Austin Stoker Bishop
Gilbert De la Pena Chicano Warlord
Darwin Joston Wilson
Al Nakauchi Oriental Warlord
Laurie Zimmer Leigh
Gil Rankin Bus Driver
Martin West Lawson
Cliff Battuello First Bus Guard
Tony Burton Wells
Charles Cyphers Starker
Horace Johnson Second Bus Guard
Kim Richards Kathy
Nancy Loomis Julie
Valentine Villareal Chicano Tough
Peter Bruni Ice Cream Man
Kenny Miyamoto Oriental Tough
John "Red" Fox Warden
Jerry Viramontes Chicano Hood
Len Whitaker Black Hood
Kris Young Gang Member
Warren Bradley III Gang Member
Joe Woo Jr. Gang Member
Brent Keast Radio Announcer
Maynard Smith Police Commissioner
Peter Frankland Candell
Randy Moore Gang Member
Alan Koss Patrolman Baxter
Frank Doubleday White Warlord
James Johnson Black Warlord
William Taylor Gang Member
Henry Brandon Chaney
Technical Credits
John Carpenter Director, Score Composer, Editor, Screenwriter
Richard Albain Special Effects
Don Bledsoe Makeup
J. Stein Kaplan Producer
Joseph Kaufman Executive Producer, Producer
Douglas H. Knapp Cinematographer
Rueben Joe Melendez Stunts
James Nichols Asst. Director
Douglas Olivares Choreography
John Roy Rogers Stunts
John Syrjamaki Production Manager
William Waldman Choreography
Tommy Lee Wallace Art Director
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2002

    AN INSTANT CLASSIC

    ASSAULT ON PCT. 13 is an under rated masterpiece that unfortunately got passed off as drive-in fare. Better minds rescued it from obscurity. This is an instant classic of urban terror that is smart, stunning and genuinely horrific. Get this masterwork to DVD quicker than a SWAT team to the ill fated precinct.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE Movie

    Assault on Precinct 13 is one of the all time best movies ever made. John Carpenters hard work is all shown on this 176 film. It is worth the money....Check it out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very good neophyte work from John Carpenter

    Interesting little action film by the director of 'Halloween' the action scenes are well executed with good pacing; Carpenter's musical score also helps. Some scenes are going to be hard to forget (the part with the gang confronting the ice cream truck driver is harsh, but realistic). Some downsides to the film are bad dialogue and wooden acting. Although it's not as good as Carpenter's first film Darkstar, Assault might still be worth renting if you're into low-budget, cheesy, yet smart action filmaking

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this movie ROOOCCCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this is the best 'gangster' film ever made before 'colors' or 'boyznthahood.' it's gritty , exceedingly violent, and has some of the most remarkable dialog of any of Carpenters films. I have seen them all and this is my favorite hands down. releasing it on DVD is a treat for me. the final scene is a DOOZY. if you like carpenter, this is a must have.

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