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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…
Part of my:
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…
That 70ties low budget classic action-drama is pure 100% Carpenter! He is behind the scenario, the directing and… THE MUSIC! Discovering that just made my day by the way! Now the story is amazingly simple and the actors are a bunch of modest runner-ups, the set looks kind of cheap but what an atmosphere they are providing! This is no doubt one of Carpenter’s best works. Cheers to the master and his crew!
I don't remember much about the remake with Ethan Hawke and Lawrence Fishburne, but I remember enough to say...
It's better than the original.
This had a couple of cool moments but, come on. It's terribly dated on almost every aspect. The remake is far from a great movie but this is even farther from it.
"Do you got any smokes?"
Carpenter heads this slow-building action movie that ends with a great Rio Bravo style last-man-standing shootout. He creates a great "gang" of bad guys that really show their true evil in the infamous ice cream scene. I put gang in quotes because they resemble more of a cult than an East Los Angeles street gang. Their evil is enacted with the blood feud CHOLO! My only wish is that some of the personality of the gang leaders (especially the blonde one) would have stuck around more rather than becoming a mob of faceless hoodlums with silencers. The random acts of killing, the perceived callousness and just sadistic coldness is so terrifying in the beginning that…
A cultural snapshot and amazing action film of the mid-1970s. Some of Carpenter's best work in combining political, social and economical commentary with a red hot night of action and sensual tension.
Some random thoughts on Assault on Precinct 13:
The first thing that I found interesting about this was that my memories of the violence were a lot stronger than the violence itself. After the opening ambush sequence where several gang members are murdered by the police, there's essentially no action or violence for the next half-hour (until the ice-cream truck scene). Instead, what you have is a fair bit of set-up and character work.
-Darwin Joston never got the career he deserved after his work here, and that's a shame, but I was kind of horrified to find out that, on rewatch, he reminded me of nobody so much as he did the lead in SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT 2;…
A gritty, raw and unrelenting shooting gallery of an exploitation film.
"You got a smoke?"
1976...you can feel the anger in the air...Taxi Driver.All The President's Men.Network. Two years before he crafted his horror classic Halloween, John Carpenter delivered his piece de resistance paying homage to Howard Hawks and George Romero...the manner in which he makes the characters deliver sarcastic one liners amid the rising tension was a masterstroke...the soundtrack is another shot in the arm for me consisting mostly electronic sounds..whenever he composes the score himself i know he has a winner on his hands! Short in length but effective nonetheless, fantastic spurts of action,brilliant performances and controlled direction this is a highly recommended watch!
Brilliant, classic slow-burn thriller.
Was pretty ambivalent to this when I first saw this years ago, but man how wrong I was. Carpenter matured so damn much after Dark Star, giving this the assured and kinetic direction that was necessary, while also giving it a pulse pounding score that ratchets up the tension even higher. The coinciding plots come together beautifully and the story is just so simple but effective that allows you to buy in right away. Fantastic and really glad I gave it another shot