Steve Simels
November 04, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

Assault on Precinct 13 (Movie - 1976)

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
91 minutes
performer
Darwin Joston, Laurie Zimmer, Austin Stoker
director
John Carpenter
author
John Carpenter
genre
ActionAdventure, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an A

Before he made history with Halloween, John Carpenter directed this riveting low-budget update of Rio Bravo (with urban gangs and a near-deserted L.A. cop station replacing the Old West). Unfortunately, few but genre aficionados took much notice, and a subsequent videotape version was bleached out and badly cropped. For its laserdisc debut, however, Assault on Precinct 13 has been restored to its original wide-screen grandeur, and as a treat, Carpenter comments nonstop on a second audio track — mostly film-geek stuff, like pointing out four different locations in one shot, but interesting nonetheless. A terrific disc. A

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