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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…
Cómo necesitaba esto.
No tendrá pocos errores, pero es mi preferida de Carpenter.
There's a lot to like about Assault on Precinct 13, wizard king master god John Carpenter's sophomore picture (as writer/director/producer/composer). The man knows violence and the man knows his way around a keyboard. His script is sorta clunky here, and his directing style hadn't entirely found its form yet, but you can pick out the early trademarks of Carpenter's signature style.
It's a movie that tells you exactly where it's going to go (spoiler: there's an assault on precinct 13), but not how it's going to get there. Our opening scenes follow three separate parties unknowingly en route to the same destination. The white hot daylight the early parts of the film are shot in give Carpenter a lot to…
For his second feature, John Carpenter wanted to make a western but was dissuaded by budget concerns. Instead he made "Assault on Precinct 13", a gritty police thriller loosely based on one of his favorite westerns growing up, "Rio Bravo", with a touch of "Night of the Living Dead" thrown in for good measure.
It's a decent effort, unlike the films that would later make him famous and yet strangely similar at the same time. There is a strong build-up that takes up half of the running time, which was common of films from the 1970's, and that makes the payoff all the more satisfying. The connection between the ice cream man and this vicious street gang is a little…
Extra half star for the potatoes scene.
To celebrate John Carpenter's 67th Birthday I re-watched (1976) "Assault On Precinct 13". A Los Angles gang goes after a police station on it's last night of operation. Can the few people in the building stay alive after the gang cuts the phone and electrical?
This is a great siege film. Carpenter's second film. (1978)"Halloween" was his next. The gang is unnerving. They never speak. They kill a very young Kim Richards! Carpenter says this movies influences for this film were "Rio Bravo" & "Night Of The Living Dead". It shows. The gang are slow moving killers who can't be reasoned with. You never get a good idea how many are out there. The main character is a strong black man. Kinda sounds like "NOTLD".
The two main actors are fantastic (Austin Stoker & Darwin Joston). The John Carpenter soundtrack is great. Watched the DVD. A lot of the film is dark but easy to see. It's now streaming on Netflix.
John Carpenter's Assault On Precinct 13, is outstanding piece of work, far great to enjoy its every frame. It is notoriously violent (probably for its era), but from today's point of view, this movie barely fits in the category of extreme violence. Everything about this movie impressed me.
The plot of movie is fascinating, specially the characters, I have accumulative interest in characters, those who magnetize us towards them such as Napoleon Wilson (Darwin Joston). This movie is supposedly inspirational from storyline of films like Rio Bravo (or El Dorado) and Night Of Living Dead, as mentioned by John Carpenter.
this film was good and fun... problems with the story I had were it took a little to long to build up to the action and the story was a little unfocused.
This movie is the way and the truth.
It's also a great example of the subtle, nuanced ways that Carpenter plays with sound effects and music. Take for example the scene where the police station is about to be invaded and Napoleon is given a gun for the first time. It's important that the shades are down because the metallic sound of the blinds moving each time a bad guy is blown away is just as important as the glass breaking. Carpenter's not creating a mood atmosphere aurally, but rather drawing you into the one he's already created visually. It's a complimentary style of story-telling, really.
You will never find a cacophony of sounds in Carpenter's movies, save perhaps for…
One of Carpenter's best. Best theme song in the world. Classic.
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