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 ...
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 help because the phones have already been disconnected and the precinct is in a run-down, out-of-the-way neighborhood. Holding out for a rescue, he and his fellow prisoners band together to barricade themselves in and hold the bandits at bay. But as the casualties mount and the supplies run low, they must choose between a daring escape attempt, a fiery offensive, or certain death. The sophomore feature from auteur-in-the-making John Carpenter, Assault on Precinct 13 reunited the director with Douglas H. Knapp, his cinematographer on 1974's Dark Star. Brian J. Dillard, Rovi
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This movie was the first major hit of director John Carpenter, who went on to make Halloween, The Fog and The Thing. There's just no let-up in this superbly written film about a police station (Precinct 13) in a ghetto district which finds itself surrounded by gangs of heavily-armed youths. The attackers have sworn Blood-Vengeance on the killer of one of their members now inside the Precinct
The catch is that the station, due for demolition, is manned only by a skeleton staff. Carpenter milks the maximum suspense from the subsequent attempts by the police and their prisoners to escape or survive. One of the most effective exploitation movies of the last ten years. Carpenter scrupulously avoids any overt socio-political pretensions, playing instead for laughs and suspense in perfectly balanced proportions. Written Directed and Scored by John Carpenter. Starring Austin Stoker, Darwin Joston, Laurie Jimmer and Martin West.