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Assault on Precinct 13 (DVD, 2005, Widescreen)

Jean-Francois Richet, Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne | Theatrical release: 2005 | Rating: R (MPAA)
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In 1976, John Carpenter paid homage to Howard Hawks' superlative western RIO BRAVO with his second full-length feature film, ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13. Now it's Carpenter's turn to experience some cinematic adulation, with this remake of the film from director Jean-Fran├žois Richet. Set in Detroit, Richet's film focuses on police Sergeant Jake Roenick, whose failed career as an undercover cop has lead to a New Years Eve stint in charge of the dilapidated Precinct 13. As a snowstorm rattles the windows and doors of the rundown station, Roenick exchanges some festive banter with police psychologist Alex Sabian (Maria Bello); curvaceous secretary Iris Ferry (Drea de Matteo); and retiring veteran Jasper O'Shea (Brian Dennehy). But their merriment is interrupted when a diverted prison bus escapes the ravages of the storm, seeking a temporary haven for its peccant passengers in Precinct 13. Criminal mastermind Marion Bishop (Laurence Fisburne) is on board, along with a junkie, Beck (John Leguizamo), and two young felons, Smiley (Ja Rule) and Anna (Aisha Hinds). Hot on their tail comes police detective Marcus Duvall (Gabriel Byrne), a crooked cop who wants Bishop dead before he testifies against Duvall in court. Bringing a formidable army of fellow corrupt officers with him, Duvall puts the police station under siege in order to snag his man before it's too late. But he doesn't bank on the impressive wiles of Roenick and his rag-tag mixture of cops and criminals, who unite in an attempt to defend themselves from an execrable ending at the hands of Duvall and his men. A highly entertaining action romp ensues, with director Richet delivering a fast-paced thriller laced with violence and surprising plot twists, ensuring viewers are kept on their toes right up until the film's blood-soaked finale.

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  • Edition: Widescreen
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 025192629426

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Genre:Dramas
Format:DVD
Display Format:Widescreen

eBay Product ID: EPID45193604

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"[A] potent thriller with some stirring performances."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (01/19/2005)

"[T]ense and exciting....The interplay between the characters is consistently revealing, and Hawke and Fishburne, with their sharply contrasting personalities and physical presences, anchor the escalating action and suspense."
Los Angeles Times - Kevin Thomas (01/19/2005)

"John Carpenter's 1976 classic gets a smart, subversive make-over from director Jean-Francois Richet..."
Uncut - Tom Charity (08/01/2005)

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Created: 09/14/09

Assault on Precinct 13

Review For: Assault on Precinct 13 (DVD, 2005, Widescreen)

It is New Year s Eve, and this police precinct is holding on by a
thread, threatened with permanent closure due to budget constraints.
With nothing more than a bare-bones operation to back him up, Detective
Jake Roenick (Ethan Hawke) must take on a deadly mob of criminals
who have thrown down the gauntlet and are openly hunting down a heinous
kingpin (Laurence Fishburne) in a battle for street sovereignty.
Roenick must turn to other prisoners to assist him in keeping themselves
alive as well as holding on to the police station. Jean Richet
(Mesrine & Public Enemy #1 (2003 edition in foreign language) directs
this movie and it is his best work thus far as a director. Still it
is only a average to good movie, however, if you like action or adventure
movies - This one should be to your liking and give you a good evening
of viewing--especially if you get it at a reduced Ebay price.

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Created: 12/07/07

Three ordinary people overcome the odds

Story action takes place on New Year's Eve in a police precinct that is due to be shut down. At the start of the film, main character Ethan Hawke took up precinct desk work because he had made an earlier command decision that cost lives. However, as the plot develops, he learns the truth about the reason for the assault and decides to take charge of the group defending the precinct and its prisoners. The action is hard and suspenseful. The characters, as diverse as they were, watch each other's backs. Which characters survive? Get the DVD. Very good action movie.

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Created: 10/25/06

ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13

IT WAS A GREAT MOVIE WITH A NICE LITTLE TWIST AT THE END. I BOUGHT THE MOVIE AS SOON AS IT CAME OUT. WITH A MIXED CAST OF ETHAN HAWKE, LAURENCE FISHBURNE, JOHN LEGUIZAMO MARIA BELLO, JA RULE, DREA DE MATTEO ITS GOT TO BE GOOD.

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Created: 02/22/10

For an action movie - - - try this one ! ! !

This is an excellent thriller of a drama. It has an excellent cast; the script is well written; the acting is excellent; and, the directing is par excellence.
The theme is highly realistic; the setting for the movie couldn't have been better chosen. The plot and the action move readily and rapidly along. You wouldn't be disappointed in watching this DVD or in purchasing it for your DVD library.

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Created: 06/09/13

Assault on Precinct 13

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

With only a few hours left in the calendar year, Precinct 13, one of Detroit's oldest precinct houses, is closing. Amid heavy snowfall and unsafe road conditions, only a few lawmen remain on duty for New Year's Eve. They are headed by Sergeant Jake Roenick, a good cop wrestling with bad memories of a fatal undercover 'op' from the previous spring. The acting in this movie is superb all the way through the cast. This movie is classic and airtight, a thriller that actually thrills you.

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