Assault on Precinct 13

Assault on Precinct 13

Jean-François Richet (2005)

15 Certificate


Our Score
John Carpenter's cult classic gets a contemporary reworking in this exciting action thriller. The English-language debut of director Jean-François Richet, it maintains the original's basic concept, but brings both protagonists and story into the 21st century. Focusing more on individuals and their relationships rather than pure action, this simple urban western is set in an isolated, sparsely manned Detroit police station under siege during its final night before closure. The aim of the relentless assailants is to retrieve laid-back crime lord Laurence Fishburne, which forces the prisoners and cops inside into an uneasy alliance to stay alive. Every frame of this film crackles with raw energy, as Richet cranks up the tension, economically exploiting sight, sound and extreme violence to gripping effect. The acting is enjoyable, too - despite some corny dialogue and clichéd characters - with Ethan Hawke's emotionally scarred police sergeant a particular standout.


A gangster is brought in to be held at a police station on New Year's Eve. However, the prisoner has information on several corrupt cops who intend to make sure he does not live long enough to get to court. As they lay siege to the station, the officers and prisoners inside must work together to survive. Remake of John Carpenter's 1976 action thriller, starring Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne, Gabriel Byrne and Ja Rule.

Cast & Crew

Sergeant Jake Roenick Ethan Hawke
Marion Bishop Laurence Fishburne
Beck John Leguizamo
Alex Sabian Maria Bello
Smiley Ja Rule
Iris Ferry Drea de Matteo
Capra Matt Craven
Jasper O'Shea Brian Dennehy
Marcus Duvall Gabriel Byrne
Anna Aisha Hinds
Rosen Kim Coates
Gil Dorian Harewood
Director Jean-François Richet
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Contains violence and swearingAvailable on: video and DVDReleased on: 28 Jan 2005