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Assault on Precinct 13
L.A.'s deadliest street gang just declared war on the cops.
The lone inhabitants of an abandoned police station are under attack by the overwhelming numbers of a seemingly unstoppable street gang.
An interracial gang wages an all-out assault on a police station. In their way is a street smart cop, a hottie with a nice rack, and a con who really wants a smoke. A blood-oath. An ice cream truck. A Real Housewife of Beverly Hills's last scoop of vanilla. A father's swift justice with a twist. Being marked for death by Che and the gang. A dispatcher's last call. A save-ass plan. A game of hot potato seals Snow White's fate. Backseat peek-a-boo. Having to wing it. Not arguing with a confident man. The ultimate last stand. Wilson finally gets that smoke. Carpenter's Mona Lisa.
A dynamic blend of kinetic direction, relentless action & energetic performances, Assault on Precinct 13 is a severely underrated action thriller that grabs the viewers' attention from its opening moments & never lets go until the very end. Written, directed, edited & scored by John Carpenter, it is one of the finest works of his career & arguably the most transparent reflection of this director's filmmaking style.
Set in a crime-infested ghetto in South Central Los Angeles, Assault on Precinct 13 covers a series of events taking place within the same day & begins with covering three plot lines which later merge into one. On a superficial level, it tells the story of a police officer who, with the help of convicted prisoners, defends a…
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Look at that, two cops wishing me luck. I'm doomed.
It's obvious from looking at this film that even at this point in his career Carpenter had some sort of obsession with the mechanics of the old westerns. A strange mix of Rio Bravo and Night of the Living Dead, this low-budget exploitation flick is a shining example of Carpenter's style. A group of heroes against an overwhelming force set to an empty and enigmatic background is an outline that can fit into a hell of a lot of his films, and yet, none of them are exactly alike. Comparing Assault on Precinct 13 to Ghosts of Mars (which was made 25 years…
Dun dun-dun-dun-dun. Dun dun-dun-dun-dun. Dun dun-dun-dun-dun.
I always seem to forget just how catchy that theme tune is. In fact, I think out of all the John Carpenter themes (and soundtracks, for that matter) the one for Assault On Precinct 13 is my favourite. It's also a soundtrack that does for the atmosphere of this film at its key moments the kind of job that ALL soundtracks are supposed to do.
In fact, as I was commenting to my wife last night, when I first saw Assault On Precinct 13 as a 13 year old as part of a Moviedrome series I actually recognised the theme tune even though I had definitely never seen the film before. Not sure where…
Great little low budget exploitation flick from John Carpenter! While I prefer his horror films, I am glad I got a chance to see this as I've heard so many good things about it over the years!
This films follows the story of a police station which is about to be disabled and is the target of an assault by an unstoppable gang. Assault on Precinct 13 has the perfect amount of blood and cheese, there's nothing like a good John Carpenter film to keep you entertained. For its budget, I think that this film has survived very well due to its badass simplicity. John Carpenter balanced his second film very well, a simple story capable of sticking everyone to the screen, which was very well conducted due to the perfect amount of cool and strangely interesting characters. It's very important to underline the superb eletronic and minimalist score composed by Carpenter himself. The montage, editing, framework…
It's always interesting to see the early films of accomplished directors, to see the first hints of their distinctive styles shining through in projects which may have rough edges but are made with obvious skill. This is one such case, as Assault on Precinct 13 is a pretty flawed film - some of the cast are pretty wooden in their deliveries (especially Laurie Zimmer who constantly has a totally blank look on her face) and when this is combined with pretty shoddy and confusing editing and a script which doesn't always make sense the film as a whole gives off a vibe of being directed by someone fairly inexperienced, who's not entirely confident in what they're doing.
There are plenty…
Very 70s - Like escape from New York without the good stuff. Overall very boring.
If I ever watched this as a kid or teenager, I forgot. Watching it now, I couldn't help but compare it with the remake, which made everything it did good be all that much clear. Everyone had more personality - except the gang members, who were cyphers with intentionally murky motivations. Also, everyone was so much more badass (except the shrill, hysterical secretary), and the dialogue was more fun.
It's almost surprising how much better the movie is when the violence is creepy (the stalking of the ice cream truck) and shocking (the girl, her blood spraying her vanilla ice cream; her father unexpectedly succeeding in his revenge) and mindless (the assault itself with countless victims) and neither we nor the characters get any explanation for it.
“Assault on Precinct 13” is a riveting low-budget classic that takes the basic themes of “Rio Bravo” and “Night of the Living Dead” and twists them into something new, gritty and brutally urban. After cops execute six of their members, Street Thunder, a heavily armed LA street gang, vows a blood oath of revenge. Meanwhile a number of events are colliding that will lead to a deadly siege at Precinct 13. A group of criminals, including the notorious Napoleon Wilson (Darwin Joston) are being transported across state, when one of them falls seriously ill. Stopping at the nearest police station for assistance they find the facility closing down, with only Lieutenant Bishop (Austin Stoker) and a couple of secretaries inside.…
The best thing about John Carpenter's early films is just about everything. Nothing will ever come close to my deep and abiding love for The Thing: but for what it is - i.e. a member of the category I like to call "movies which are not The Thing," Assault on Precinct 13 is absolutely amazing.
Tense, brutal thriller from the great John Carpenter, mixing elements of Rio Bravo and Night of the Living Dead.
The action is fast and fierce, the dialogue spare and economical, and the settings (even the open neighborhoods) claustrophobic. The cast does pretty well, with the occassional poor line reading here and there. It also contains one of Carpenter's best scores.
Despite the slight rough edge to it, this is as well executed a thriller as you are going to find.
"Got a smoke?"
Assault of the Living Dead?