Assault on Precinct 13

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A police sergeant must rally the cops and prisoners together to protect themselves on new year's eve, just as corrupt policeman surround the station with the intent of killing all to keep their deception in the ranks.

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Studio Universal
SKU 40711464
UPC 025192629426
UPC 14 00025192629426
Format DVD
Release Date 10/2/2012
Rating Rating
Keywords
Action
Cops
Criminals
Remake
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note In 1976, John Carpenter paid homage to Howard Hawks' superlative western RIO BRAVO with his second full-length feature film, ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13. Now it's Carpenter's turn to experience some cinematic adulation, with this remake of the film from director Jean-François Richet. Set in Detroit, Richet's film focuses on police Sergeant Jake Roenick, whose failed career as an undercover cop has lead to a New Years Eve stint in charge of the dilapidated Precinct 13. As a snowstorm rattles the windows and doors of the rundown station, Roenick exchanges some festive banter with police psychologist Alex Sabian (Maria Bello); curvaceous secretary Iris Ferry (Drea de Matteo); and retiring veteran Jasper O'Shea (Brian Dennehy). But their merriment is interrupted when a diverted prison bus escapes the ravages of the storm, seeking a temporary haven for its peccant passengers in Precinct 13. Criminal mastermind Marion Bishop (Laurence Fisburne) is on board, along with a junkie, Beck (John Leguizamo), and two young felons, Smiley (Ja Rule) and Anna (Aisha Hinds). Hot on their tail comes police detective Marcus Duvall (Gabriel Byrne), a crooked cop who wants Bishop dead before he testifies against Duvall in court. Bringing a formidable army of fellow corrupt officers with him, Duvall puts the police station under siege in order to snag his man before it's too late. But he doesn't bank on the impressive wiles of Roenick and his rag-tag mixture of cops and criminals, who unite in an attempt to defend themselves from an execrable ending at the hands of Duvall and his men. A highly entertaining action romp ensues, with director Richet delivering a fast-paced thriller laced with violence and surprising plot twists, ensuring viewers are kept on their toes right up until the film's blood-soaked finale.
Reviews
USA Today "[A] potent thriller with some stirring performances." 01/19/2005 p.4D
Los Angeles Times "[T]ense and exciting....The interplay between the characters is consistently revealing, and Hawke and Fishburne, with their sharply contrasting personalities and physical presences, anchor the escalating action and suspense." 01/19/2005 p.E1
Uncut "John Carpenter's 1976 classic gets a smart, subversive make-over from director Jean-Francois Richet..." 08/01/2005 p.138
Directors
Jean-Francois Richet
Actors
Laurence Fishburne
Ethan Hawke
Cast & Crew
Bill Pankow - Editor
Dan Carmody - Executive Producer
Gabriel Byrne - Actor
Graeme Revell - Musical Score
Ja Rule - Actor
James DeMonaco - Screenplay
Jean-Francois Richet - Director
Jeffrey Silver - Producer
John Carpenter - Writer
Maria Bello - Actor
Peter Bryant - Actor
Robert Gantz - Cinematographer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 26294
UPC 00025192629426
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 109 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Reviews
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review The 2005 edition of the film takes advantage of that gap, and the result is an engaging action thril
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review All classic and airtight, and handled by Richet with economy and a sturdy clarity of action; he does
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Hawke,Ethan
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Lou Lumenick, New York Post ...a thriller that actually thrills.
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune The movie rips and roars.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Smart, satisfying action entertainment that is also a perceptive work of considerable artistry.

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