Assault on Precinct 13

Synopsis: Police ambush and kill several gang members in Los Angeles. Gang members make a pact of blood to strike back at police, and conduct a siege on the police station which is almost abandoned and due to be closed. Staff of the closing precinct and the criminals being held there while in transit must work together to fight off the attacking gang members.
Director(s): John Carpenter
Production: Turtle Releasing
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

Did you hear that?

Come on.

Freeze, this is the police.

Drop your weapons

and place your hands above your heads.

And in the local news,

six youth gang members were killed

in a shoot-out last night

with police in South Los Angeles.

Police Commissioner Davidson called

a news conference earlier this morning

to comment on the shooting.

As Police Commissioner

of Los Angeles County,

I have called this emergency

news conference. We have a crisis.

The juvenile gang problem

is completely out of control.

The missing automatic weapons

have not been recovered.

We now have a lead which shows

that some of the weapons

have fallen into the wrong hands.

It's true that law enforcement

is being driven to deplorable extremes,

but those guns are out there.

And believe me,

if the people who have them get organized,

no one will stand a chance.

Commissioner Davidson also said

that several weapons have been...

For the six.

One-W-90, this is Lieutenant Bishop in

unmarked vehicle, requesting assignment.

Is Staff Seven there?

Stand by.

One-W-20, this is Staff Four.

If I look around real hard,

maybe I can find something for you to do.

Hey, hey, Captain Collins. Hello there.

I'm surprised to hear your voice, sir.

W-20, so,

how's it going so far, Lieutenant?

One-W-90, okay. Seeing as

I've been on the job exactly four minutes.

W-20, I've got

a temporary reassignment for you tonight.

A little supervisory job

for the Police Department.

Proceed to Precinct Nine, Division 13,

and take over from Captain Gordon.

-Isn't that the Anderson Precinct?


But they're closing it down.

Nothing for me to do there,

except stare at the packing crates.

You wanna be a hero

your first night out, Lieutenant?

Yes, sir.

There are no heroes

anymore, Bishop,

only men who follow orders.

W-90, yes, sir.

Proceeding to Precinct Nine, Division 13.

KMA-492 off.


This way.

-Well, they sure gave you some sweet job.

-Better than some.

Carrying a busload of hate

is not my idea of better than anything.

This is Wells and Caudell.

-Is he all right?

-He's just got a little cold.

-Where's Wilson?

-We got him in a special room.

This is Napoleon Wilson.

-Got a smoke?

-Close the door.

I want you to know something, Wilson.

Now, I don't enjoy driving

anybody to death row.

You try anything, anything,

I've got two guards with shotguns

and they'll blow you apart.

-Sure could use a smoke.

-You understand me, Wilson?

You mumble a little bit,

but I get the general idea.

Let's go.

Slipped right out of the chair.

Yeah. I don't sit in chairs

as well as I used to.

-Get him up.

-Come on, let's go.

I'm all jealous of you, Wilson.

You get all this VIP treatment.

Here they let me walk around almost free.



-You got a smoke on you?


-But I'm not gonna give it to you.

-Why not?

-Not good for you. Smoking can kill you.

-You don't like competition, huh?

-You think you're real fancy, don't you?

-I have moments.

All right, knock off the talking.

Let's move. Move.

Okay if I stretch a minute?

You're gonna chain me to a seat

and drive for hours.

We get to Sonora,

you're gonna chain me in a cell.

Maybe for as long as 90 years.

Chains is all I got to look forward to.

Go ahead.

You know, Wilson, I'm gonna miss you.

That's not the truth, Warden.

Now, you should always tell the truth.

Even a little white lie

can sometimes trip a man up.

He don't stand up as good as he used to.

...but the

sun-spotting caused an unusually...

...with the early morning

shooting of six youths,

now known to be members of

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John Carpenter

John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, musician, and composer. Although Carpenter has worked with various film genres, he is associated most commonly with horror, action and science fiction films of the 1970s and 1980s.Most films of Carpenter's career were initially commercial and critical failures, with the notable exceptions of Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), and Starman (1984). However, many of Carpenter's films from the 1970s and the 1980s have come to be considered as cult classics, and he has been acknowledged as an influential filmmaker. The cult classics that Carpenter has directed include Dark Star (1974), Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), The Thing (1982), Christine (1983), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Prince of Darkness (1987), They Live (1988), and In the Mouth of Madness (1995). He returned to the Halloween franchise as both composer and executive producer for the horror sequel Halloween (2018). Carpenter is also notable for having composed or co-composed most of his films' music; some of them are now well-known, with the main theme of Halloween being considered a part of popular culture. He won a Saturn Award for Best Music for the film Vampires (1998). Carpenter has released three studio albums, titled Lost Themes (2015), Lost Themes II (2016), and Anthology: Movie Themes 1974–1998 (2017). more…

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