Assault on Precinct 13
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 5, 1976
DVD Release Date: March 11, 2003
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Lean, taut and compellingly gritty, John Carpenter's loose update of Rio Bravo ranks as a cult action classic and one of the filmmaker's best.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Hopelessly violent but exceedingly well made.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

Carpenter stages the action expertly, always getting maximum impact from the moments when Precinct 13 explodes into violence.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Christopher Machell

A vital moment in the career of one of cinema's most important directors and a searingly tense thriller in its own right.

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Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve

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.

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Time Out

One of the most effective exploitation movies of the decade.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A ballsy, exciting genre mash-up that still entertains and excites.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Low low budget exploitation thriller which was Carpenters first proper film after the seriously low budget sci-fi 'Dark Star'. Inspired by 'Rio… More
Daniel Mumby
There are very few filmmakers in the history of cinema who have been able to hit the ground running and make two or three near-perfect films in quick… More
Chris Weber
Ok, first things first: I know this is a flawed filmed filled with lots of plot holes and errors (some of them nonsensical and unforgivable), but I love this… More
Coxxie Mild Sauce
if John Carpenter made a compilation CD of all his soundtrack music, i would play in my stereo late at night with a blonde wig on, light some cinnamon candles… More
xGary Xx
In his heyday, John Carpenter was the master of cinematic suspense and this story of urban violence was one of his best. A deserted police station is laid siege… More
Graham Jones
This film truly frightened me. The original ultra violent cop action flick. John Carpenter's second film may still be his best work.