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Assault on Precinct 13

Assault on Precinct 13

3.4 5
Director: Jean-François Richet

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne, Drea de Matteo


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This action-packed remake of the John Carpenter classic tells the tale of an under-manned Detroit police precinct on its last day of operation that finds itself under siege by a ruthless force that will not stop. This time, a notorious cop-killer and mobster Marion Bishop (Laurence Fishbourne) is unexpectedly brought into the precinct during a blizzard on New Year's


This action-packed remake of the John Carpenter classic tells the tale of an under-manned Detroit police precinct on its last day of operation that finds itself under siege by a ruthless force that will not stop. This time, a notorious cop-killer and mobster Marion Bishop (Laurence Fishbourne) is unexpectedly brought into the precinct during a blizzard on New Year's Eve, much to the dismay of police sergeant Jake Roenick (Ethan Hawke). By nightfall, the remaining cops and prisoners find themselves fighting for their lives against a group of rogue cops intent on taking down Bishop before he testifies against them in the courtroom. Now it's up to the officers, secretaries, and inmates on the inside to band together just to survive this one night. Also starring Gabriel Byrne, John Leguizamo, Drea de Matteo, and Brian Dennehy.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
In the post-millennia world of remakes, Assault on Precinct 13 gets a surprisingly solid high score thanks to some well-handled tense action and characters that are just juicy enough to make the audience give a damn. One thing this rehash isn't is tame -- this is one violent shoot 'em-up where main characters are killed off while many others are offed in jarring and bloody ways. Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne make for a decent enough buddy pairing, though it's Hawke who keeps the film together from his spastic opening scene through his pill-popping exchanges with Maria Bello. In fact, the strong female characters give the film another notch on its scoreboard with Bello and Drea de Matteo holding their own, despite being surrounded by methed-up junkies like John Leguizamo (whose samurai sword scene gets high gonzo marks) and Ja Rule as Smiley, your friendly neighborhood thug with a penchant for baseball bats and third-person speak. When it comes down to it though, a great action movie survives because of its director, and acclaimed Frenchman Jean-François Richet certainly does not disappoint. Along with Brian De Palma's longtime editor Bill Pankow, Richet handles the action almost perfectly, which thankfully means little shaky-cam during the gunfights in favor of much-needed spatial positioning of the camera. There are a few downsides that this assault does have to answer for -- the first being that Gabriel Byrne's character is completely needless, bringing the film to a halt every time he and his goons show up to "talk" about how clever the people inside are. Also, the film's climax features a forest...in the middle of downtown Detroit! Not only is that a blatant lie, but it is never shown in any of the overhead shots of the building, which the forest is supposedly right behind. Those bellyaches aside, this is one assault that shouldn't be written off simply because of its nature but rather should be enjoyed as its own little slice of overly violent action joy.

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Release Date:
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Universal Studios
[Dolby Digital Stereo]

Special Features

Armed and dangerous: Assault's weapons specialist receals how he matched gun to character for the film's explosive shootout sequences; Behind precinct walls: How the precinct building was constructed, from concept to computer to sceen; Plan of attack: Assault's stunt coordinator reveals the planning behind some of the film's most explosive stunts; Feature commentary with director Jean-François Richet, writer James DeMonaco and producer Jeffrey Silver; Explosive deleted scenes; And more!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ethan Hawke Sgt. Jake Roenick
Laurence Fishburne Marion Bishop
Drea de Matteo Iris Ferry
Brian Dennehy Jasper O'Shea
John Leguizamo Beck
Ja Rule Smiley
Maria Bello Alex Sabian
Gabriel Byrne Marcus Duvall
Peter Bryant Liet. Holloway
Fulvio Cecere Ray Ray
Kim Coates Rosen
Matt Craven Capra
Courtney Cunningham Cop #1
Hugh Dillon Tony
Tig Fong Danny Barbero
Darren Frost Mover #1
Jasmin Geljo Marko
Currie Graham Kuhane
Jessica Greco Coral
Dorian Harewood Gil
Robert Hayley Sniper James
Aisha Hinds Anna
Jeff Ironi Fireman #1
Ray Kahnert Priest
J. C. Kenny Reporter #1
Brian King Fireman #2
Gilson Lubin Mover #2
Philip Marshall Hagen
Arnold Pinnock Carlyle
Roman Podhora Cop #3
Ed Queffelec Bronco Gunman
Sasha Roiz Jason Elias
Dave Thomassini Pilot
Melissa Thomson Lawyer
Al J. Vrkljan Sniper Sebastien
Titus Welliver Milos
Mario Klemens Conductor

Technical Credits
Jean-François Richet Director
Lloyd Adams Stunts
Taryn Ash Stunts
Paul Denham Austerberry Production Designer
Kerry Barden Casting
Andrew Bell Consultant/advisor
Brad Bennett Stunts
Marco Bianco Stunts
Dieter Boeheim Consultant/advisor
Donovan Boucher Stunts
Mario Cacioppo Makeup
Shane Cardwell Stunts
Don Carmody Executive Producer
Pascal Caucheteux Producer
Nigel Churcher Art Director
Robin D. Cook Casting
Dean Copkov Stunts
David Lee Sound Mixer
Louis De Ernsted Cinematographer
James DeMonaco Screenwriter
Scott Douglas Stunts
Paula Fairfield Sound/Sound Designer
Deb Le Faive Production Manager
Chris Frampton Stunts
David Fremlin Set Decoration/Design
Tom Galacka Stunts
Tom Galazka Consultant/advisor
Robert Gantz Cinematographer
John Giangrande Consultant/advisor
Renato Di Giuseppe Camera Operator
Catherine Gourdier Stunts
Vicki Graef Costumes/Costume Designer
Howard Green Stunts
Tony Guerin Camera Operator
Craig Henighan Sound/Sound Designer
Pierre Henry Asst. Director
Curtis Hibert Stunts
Paul Holder Consultant/advisor,Stunts
Billy Hopkins Casting
John Houlihan Musical Direction/Supervision
Brian Jagersky Stunts
Paul Jones Makeup Special Effects
Joseph Kaufman Executive Producer
Mayumi Konishi Set Decoration/Design
Sebastian Lemercier Executive Producer
Jim Lytle Stunts
Chad Malbon Producer
Egerton Marcus Stunts
Joachim Martin Camera Operator
Andris Matiss Camera Operator
Christopher McGuire Stunts
Dwayne McLean Stunts
Sarah McMurdo Production Manager
Moses Nyarko Stunts
Bill Pankow Editor
Suzy Parker Stunts
Rick Parker Stunts
Robert Racki Stunts
Vanessa Reid Stunts
Graeme Revell Score Composer
Laird McMurray Film Services Special Effects
Jeffrey Silver Producer
Suzanne Smith Casting
Stephane Sperry Producer
John Stoneham Stunts
Bryan Thomas Stunts
Robert Thomas Stunts
Len Wagner Stunts
Martin Walters Asst. Director
Georgina Yarhi Costumes/Costume Designer


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Assault on Precinct 13 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've always been a John Carpenter fan so when I saw that Assault on Precinct 13 was being remade I had to give it a spin in my DVD player. Not a bad remake, very good characterzation and action, good plot twists that you won't see coming especially at the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The problem with this movie is that right from the second it starts, it begins building toward something. There are some interesting shootout scenes, but otherwise you're mostly left thinking "Okay...but when is something REALLY going to happen?" In the end, everything ends up building to...nothing. It feels like this movie had a lot of potential, but fails utterly to amount to it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Save the excellent character acting of Laurence Fishburne and Gabriel Byrne and the subtle hinting of racial hatred and cop vs. criminal (who is the real criminals in this one) and lower ranked criminals vs. common junkies. But in the end, they have to band together against those who have no sense of law or common decency: corrupt cops. There really is no worse things than corrupt cops. Besides the commentary, though, this movie had no direction from Jean-Francois Richet. The turnout is like Iraq--bad all over and no until you hit the theater.
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