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Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

Assault on Precinct 13
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Austin Stoker Austin Stoker
Ethan Bishop
Darwin Joston Darwin Joston
Napoleon Wilson
Martin West Martin West
Tony Burton Tony Burton
Charles Cyphers Charles Cyphers
Nancy Kyes Nancy Kyes
Peter Bruni Peter Bruni
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Grand Assault

12 years, 6 months ago at Feb 11 17:13
2 votes
Not to be confused with the abysmal and unnecessary remake of the same name, this film actually achieves in creating a thrilling atmosphere of suspense and terror. With hardly any dialogue and very little explanation, all you need to know is that the streets are littered with criminal gangs who are armed, remorseless and extremely violent.

When these gangs unite and descend on an u... read more

Brilliant action thriller

11 years, 1 month ago at Jul 5 10:38
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"There are no heroes anymore, Bishop. Just men who follow orders."

Director John Carpenter is distinguished for classic genre-defining films such as The Thing and Halloween. It's little known that in 1976 Carpenter directed Assault on Precinct 13: this taut, fast-paced, thoroughly riveting low-budget action film. The aptitude of Carpenter's film is the way he cleverly takes inspirat... read more

A classic

6 years, 9 months ago at Nov 4 10:21
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Since I have seen every single major movie directed by John Carpenter ('The Thing', 'Escape from New York', 'The Fog', 'Halloween') except this one, I just had to watch it really bad. Eventually, it took me a very long time to finally get my hands on it. Unfortunately, something quite dreadful happened under way. Indeed, even though I finally managed to secure a DVD while vacationing in France, wh... read more
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The lone inhabitants of an abandoned police station are under attack by the overwhelming numbers of a seemingly unstoppable street gang.
Release date: 5 November 1976
UPC: 014381416121
Tags: Action (19), Thriller (14), 1976 (13), Drama (11), Siege (9), Crime (9), 1970s (6), Gangs (6), Cops (5), Survival (5), Awesome Soundtrack (5), Violence (5), John Carpenter (4), (4), Mystery (4), Gunfights (4), Gang Warfare (4), Shoot-out (3), Dark (3), Silencer (2)
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"18.7. Elisa viihde Uusintakatselu, nyt oikealla kuvasuhteella. Voima on edelleen kiistaton, eikä sen ylittäneitä montaa ole vieläkään. Värikkään hahmogallerian sullominen pieneen tilaan, hillittömän laajakuvan eteen hermostuttaisi jo ilman ulkoista uhkaakin."

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“Aside from the slow-paced exposition built during the first thirty minutes, an armed gang and a prison van converge at the titular police precinct, enabling the nail-biting action to unfold at a sustained yet breakneck pace. With grimy indoor and outdoor scenery, suspense-driven interplay and ever-looming threat elevating the dark atmosphere, the film's taut plot resembles the "outnumbered siege" structure of "Rio Bravo" and "Night of the Living Dead", albeit with outgunned vengeful gangs in place of mindless zombies, however, an effective synthesizer score enhances the unsettling mood of the film into near-horror territory.” read more

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"John Carpenter's modern western is a masterclass of low-budget thrillers as a deserted police station comes under siege, with a cop, a secretary and two prisoners having to fight to stay alive. Borrowing from Night of the Living Dead and Rio Bravo, this builds the tension nicely with dark humour and brilliant use of light. It also has one of the most notorious scenes, the ice-cream van sequence. Still managing to pull no punches, even after over 40 years."

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" Engaging action siege movie that almost get me to think about "Night of the Living Dead" but the zombies are replaced with gang-members carrying silencers instead. The gritty low budget give the movie a realistic documentary feel and the spare but effective synthesizer music add to the atmosphere. Even more shocking is the heartbreaking "meaningless murder" midway through the film that only the 1970s would have passed through the censorship system."

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