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Assault on Precinct 13 (Widescreen Edition) (2005)

Ethan Hawke , Laurence Fishburne , Jean-Francois Richet  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne, Drea De Matteo, Brian Dennehy, John Leguizamo
  • Directors: Jean-Francois Richet
  • Writers: James DeMonaco
  • Producers: Pascal Caucheteux, Stephane Sperry, Jeffrey Silver
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2005
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007W7I4W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,295 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Assault on Precinct 13 (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Armed and Dangerous
  • Behind Precinct Walls
  • Plan of Attack
  • The Assault Team
  • Audio Commentary with Director Jean-Francois Richet, Writer James DeMonaco and Producer Jeffrey Silver
  • Explosive Deleted Scenes
  • Caught in the Crosshairs

  • Editorial Reviews

    Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne lead an all-star cast, including John Leguizamo, Ja Rule and Drea de Matteo, in the explosive, action-packed thriller, Assault on Precinct 13. Run-down Precinct 13 is about to close its doors forever. But everything changes when some of Detroit's most lethal prisoners arrive. Soon, the only thing more dangerous than the criminals on the inside is the rogue gang on the outside. To survive the night, two men on opposite sides of the law will have to work together to battle an enemy who doesn't follow the code of cop or criminal.

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    25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A genre film with style and substance. June 28, 2005
    Going in I was expecting an Action film with two-dimensional characters and loads of gunfire caught on film with shaky camera shots to make them seem more violent than they already are. Instead of adhering to conventional 'Action' film nonsense and one-liners, however, the makers of this film have created a story where the characters are either likeable or interesting to watch and the violence is both realistic and often incredibly brutal. There are some cliche' plot twists that appear at the expected times, but to the credit of these storytellers they do not dwell on them as if the audience should somehow be wowed or shocked by the revelation(s). Thus any predictability is overshadowed by quicksilver action sequences or character-driven moments that are equally intense. This film has a strong cast of actors led by a very capable director and a fantastic production staff that give this film more style and substance than is typical of the genre. The photography is excellent and elevates the look of this movie to a highly professional level, as do all the technical aspects such as stuntwork and gunfire during the many firefights. The action is bloody, to put it mildly, with some gruesome kills that made even a seasoned Action film fan like myself cringe and wince. What I especially love about this film and with very few other Action flicks is that all the characters either get hurt or mortally wounded at some point during the story. No one escapes unscathed. Read more ›
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    14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars But, there was so much potential! June 21, 2005
    By Rob
    I'll cut to the chase. It's a decent flick with a few really kick a$$ scenes that COULD have been MUCH better, but as it is, it's only barely worth a rental. Certainly its not worth a purchase. Why? Read on.

    1. Apparently, many people in the flick are AMAZING shots. During the flick, not less than people get killed with perfect headshots ranging in distances from 150+ feet away to point-blank range. Every one winds up with their eyes wide open and a neat little hole in their head (even when some of the ammunition used would have made their heads explode like melons if they took a shot like that). From .50 cals to .9mm, it doesn't matter.

    2. Alternatively, the same people who get amazing headshots in once scene are the same people who couldn't hit the side of a barn with a shotgun in the next scene. In one part, there are four people, standing perfectly still firing full automatics at one another from a distance of about 12 feet, and not only does no one get killed, no one even takes a hit! What?

    3. Lawrence Fishburne is essentially Morpheus again. As soon as he started talking I was like "you gotta be kidding me, right?" Same "cool" mannerisms, same tone of voice, same inflections, same quasi-religious comments, its almost comical. I was wondering when he was going to start talking about Neo.

    4. Speaking of which, its interesting that apparently Mr. Fishburnes character is this incredibly powerful gangster, yet no one from his organization seems to care when he's arrested, taken into custody, or anything. For such a dangerous man, he certainly seems to have to deal with the situation completely on his own. There isn't even a hint that anyone from his gang cares at all that he's been taken away.

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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars lost track of what it should be about. August 2, 2009
    This movie is a travesty that only proves that sometimes a great movie can be remade so badly that it loses all reasonable resemblance to the original. This movie is so bad that it takes the premise of a group of cops and convicts under attack from a killer gang (and most real gangs are organized drug dealing killers) in a closing precinct building into a idiotic story about bad cops attacking the station instead. It's badly written and in spite of some good actors it's just a nasty movie without much merit. How many times in history have gangs surrounded and attacked someplace and murdered kids even to get what they want? many times... how many times has this happened with a group of bad cops? and even worse cops who act like untrained idiots! oh well. they lost the premise and real menace that a true evil gang can deliver because they (in some cities) are already shooting up and killing innocent people routinely , including kids who get in their way. Sure there
    are some bad cops; but this movie has no charm and seems mindlessly hateful about cops in general. (I am not a cop by the way) Skip this one and watch the original which is a crime movie classic!.
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars POOR REMAKE OF A CULT CLASSIC August 23, 2005
    In one of the featurettes on the DVD, Star Ethan Hawke claims that this was the best script to an action film he had ever read. If this was the best that I would hate to see the worst. This remake of the John Carpenter Cult classic is ridiculous on so many levels. Suspension of disbelief? about suspending rational thought and logic as the totally impossible set of circumstances that lead to the siege are among the most far-fetched ever put on film.

    Lawrence Fishburne is a Detroit crime boss named Bishop who is being transported to jail along with the usual cast of two-dimensional action characters including Ja-rule As small-time crook Smiley (don't know why since he never smiles) and John Leguizamo as Beck, a crack head who is on your nerves so quickly that you pray he's killed soon.

    Well on the way an accident and a fierce winter storm just happens to divert the bus to Precinct 13 which just happens to be closing down and thus just happens to have only a crew of three people and just happens to have all their communications shut down and is evidently in such a remote part of the city that citizens do not hear the thousands of rounds of gunfire and explosions taking place and call the cops. It may be Detroit, but even that's well beyond normal reason. Oh and somehow the crooks manage to interfere and knock out the cell phones as well. That's quite a trick!

    Soon, some crooked cops led by Gabriel Byrne lead an attack on the precinct in order to kill Bishop before he can expose them at his trial. Ethan Hawke is Sgt. Jake Roenick, another two-dimensional burned-out cop feeling guilt over two of his partners getting killed in a shootout, eight months earlier.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie!
    This movie is Excellent! "A police sergeant must rally the cops and prisoners together to protect themselves on New Year's Eve, just as corrupt policeman surround the station... Read more
    Published 1 day ago by Madhuranga F.
    5.0 out of 5 stars exciting
    Good cast, acting and storyline, surprise ending, recommend this movie to anyone who likes police dramas and Ethan Hawke, he is great!
    Published 2 days ago by pattycakes
    5.0 out of 5 stars A must watch!
    It was an excellent remake of the first! Love this film. They did the story line justice from the original.
    Published 1 month ago by Steven Baldwin
    5.0 out of 5 stars REVEIW
    I loved this movie and had to have it in my collection. The service that I got was excellent and I would recommed it to everyone. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Rennee Temple
    5.0 out of 5 stars Older movie but great
    A bit of graphic death scenes - great acting - Laurence Fishburne deadpans with aplomb - and Ethan Hawke portrays his character with necessary lightness and intensity
    Published 4 months ago by Diane Plunkett
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining
    Acting is top notch the action sequences are fantastic i bought this movie and despite not been a new movie i had never seen it so i was hoping that it was good thankfully it was... Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Arturo Del Campillo Reyes
    4.0 out of 5 stars Stimulating
    It seems to me that Ethan Hawke always acts in intellectually stimulating movies. This was no exception. I quite enjoyed it. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by lowrez
    5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
    this product was brand new and looks great still had factory plastic it never skipped while watching overall great value
    Published 5 months ago by Nathan W Flint
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great adventure movie
    If you like cops and their seamier side, you should enjoy this this movie. Ethan Hawke is great in this movie.
    Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Assault's not the right word
    I think this movie is more of a slaughter! So many people die in this movie! Lots of action, Hawke's character is strong, as is Fishburne's. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Mr. David-jack A. Fletcher
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