Assault on Precinct 13
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Cops, secretaries, and prisoners stuck in a soon-to-be-shuttered L.A. police station fight off a horde of murderous gang members in director John Carpenter's homage to Howard Hawks. When police officer Bishop (Austin Stoker) is left in charge of Precinct 13 on the last day it's open, he isn't prepared for the onslaught of a murderous street gang who have come into the possession of an enormous arsenal of guns. Finding himself trapped in the precinct with a pair of secretaries (Laurie Zimmer and Nancy Loomis), a few civilians and a handful of prisoners, Bishop is unable to call for… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hopelessly violent but exceedingly well made."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Mr. Carpenter is an extremely resourceful director whose ability to construct films entirely out of action and movement suggests that he may one day be a director to rank with Don Siegel."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"In Assault On Precinct 13, hell is an abandoned police station in Los Angeles and the only means of survival is cooperation across racial, class, and legal lines."
‑ Nathan Rabin, The Dissolve
"A fast, dark, relentlessly maintained thriller that still ranks among the best of the decade."
‑ , Film4
"Claustrophobic classic by Carpenter still grabs."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"Novelty of a gang swearing a blood oath to destroy a precinct station and all inside is sufficiently compelling for the gory-minded to assure acceptance."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Perhaps Carpenter's best film next to The Thing, this is a model of low-budget filmmaking, with a tight script, appropriately tight-lipped actors and atmospheric location shooting."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"A ballsy, exciting genre mash-up that still entertains and excites."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Assault on Precint 13's powerful exercise in democracy...is nothing short of one for the ages."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"Assault on Precinct 13 is one of Carpenter's best, an ultra-gritty cop story."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"One of the most effective exploitation movies of the decade."
‑ , Time Out
"Carpenter stages the action expertly, always getting maximum impact from the moments when Precinct 13 explodes into violence."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"This early Carpenter movie still holds up as one of the director's best works."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"While the Carpenter 1976 cult classic feasted off the blaxploitation and horror thriller mania of the movie moment back then, French director Richet gets more into character depth, and greater moral ambiguity fueling the social contradictions now."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"Carpenter had little time or money to meander off the point, so it possesses an expositional leanness that would not stand the loss or a single scene."
‑ David Sanjek, PopMatters
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