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Assault on Precinct 13
Directed by Jean-Francois Richet
Produced by Pascal Caucheteux
Jeffrey Silver
Stephane Sperry
Written by 1976 screenplay:
John Carpenter
James DeMonaco
Starring Ethan Hawke
Laurence Fishburne
John Leguizamo
Maria Bello
Ja Rule
Drea de Matteo
Matt Craven
with Brian Dennehy
and Gabriel Byrne
Kim Coates
Dorian Harewood
Aisha Hinds
Currie Graham
Peter Bryant
Music by Graeme Revell
Distributed by Rogue Pictures
Release date(s) January 19, 2005
Running time 109 min.
Language English
Budget $20,000,000
Gross revenue $35,294,470 [1]

Assault on Precinct 13 is a 2005 action / thriller film directed by Jean-François Richet, starring Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne, John Leguizamo, Maria Bello, Ja Rule, and Drea de Matteo. It is a loose remake of John Carpenter's 1976 film of the same name, with an updated plot.



With only a few hours until the new year, Detroit's oldest police station, Precinct 13, is about to close forever. Only a skeleton crew of officers are on duty for New Year's Eve, including Sergeant Jake Roenick (Ethan Hawke), veteran officer Jasper (Brian Dennehy), secretary Iris (Drea de Matteo), and psychiatrist Alex (Maria Bello). Roenick is haunted by a botched undercover operation from eight months before that resulted in the death of the other two members of his team.

Meanwhile, crime lord Marion Bishop (Laurence Fishburne) is arrested after a confrontation results in the death of an undercover officer. Bishop is put on a prison bus with three other criminals: addict Beck (John Leguizamo), petty crook Anna (Aisha Hinds), and counterfeiter Smiley (Ja Rule). A raging snowstorm and treacherous road conditions force the bus driver to make a detour to Precinct 13, where the prisoners are to be held until the storm is over.

New Year's celebrations at the precinct are soon cut short, however, as an intrusion by masked gunmen results in the death of one of the accompanying officers, and injures another. The officers soon find they are surrounded by unknown assailants, preparing to lay siege to the precinct. After one of the attackers throw a brick into the precinct with "Bishop" written on it, Jasper claims they are Bishop's men, here to extract him.

This is proven to be false, however, after Roenick kills one of the attackers in another assault and reclaims the man's wallet, which contained his police badge. Bishop then reveals the attackers are actually policemen, led by corrupt Captain Marcus Duvall (Gabriel Byrne). Previously, Bishop and Duvall were partners in crime, but Duvall got greedy. Now he and his men are to kill Bishop before he can testify at trial.

Heavily outnumbered by a growing police force made up of street cops, snipers, and elite SWAT troopers, Roenick makes the decision to free and arm the prisoners. Although the officers do not trust the criminals, and vice versa, Roenick and Bishop reach an agreement to cooperate in order to stand a chance to survive the night. With their combined efforts, they manage to repel further attacks by the police forces, and reclaim their weapons.

Soon Precinct 13 is joined by another officer, off-duty cop Capra, who miraculously manages to evade sniper fire in order to make it into the building. The attending officers welcome him with open arms, but Beck accuses him of being a plant. He is subdued by Bishop, but is approached by Smiley, who agrees, and the two of them plan an escape.

The officers also plan an escape, making use of Capra's car in order to flee the precinct and call for help. Anna, who can hotwire a car, volunteers to go. Alex also goes along. As Beck and Smiley shoot the prison bus, causing it to explode and creating a distraction, the two teams leave the precinct. Beck and Smiley make it to the perimeter fence before they are killed by snipers. Anna and Alex appear to have made it, before a cop hidden in the backseat shoots and kills Anna.

Alex is brought before Duvall, who asks her how many are in the precinct. Defiant, she replies "a hundred", and she is executed by Duvall.

With only Roenick, Bishop, Jasper, Capra, and Iris left, the precinct stands little chance of withstanding further assaults. Bishop discovers a traitor sneaking out messages to the police and accuses Capra, but before anything can be done, the police begin to lay siege to the precinct with SWAT reinforcements.

Jasper miraculously remembers an old sewage entrance beneath the precinct, and Roenick and Bishop set the precinct on fire to slow their pursuers. The survivors escape along an abandoned sewer passageway, but even as they find themselves on a deserted street they are suddenly surrounded by the corrupt policemen. Jasper reveals himself to have been the traitor all along, and the officers led by Duvall prepare to execute the remaining survivors.

Bishop sneaks a flash grenade onto Jasper, and in the ensuing distraction the survivors disarm the officers and escape. Iris and Capra attempt to escape in the officers' car, while Roenick and Bishop flee into the forest. Duvall and another officer pursue Roenick, while another corrupt cop goes after the car. The car flips and Capra is heavily injured, but Iris manages to kill the pursuing officer.

In the forest, Roenick is suddenly confronted by Bishop, who offers to cooperate in order to kill Duvall. As the corrupt officers have night vision and Roenick and Bishop don't, Roenick volunteers to draw their fire so Bishop can gain their position. The plan works, and Bishop kills the accompanying officer, but he is then shot by Duvall. Roenick arrives, and kills Duvall, but is shot and injured also.

After considering their cooperation throughout the night, Bishop spares Roenick, who vows that he will find and arrest him. After Bishop escapes, officers led by Iris arrive. An officer asks Roenick if anyone else is in the forest, and after looking around for a moment he replies no. The last shot is of an injured Roenick and Iris making their way to the ambulance, where Iris states she didn't even recognize the battle-hardened Roenick of the night, and he replies, "get used to it."


Actor Role
Ethan Hawke Sgt. Jake Roenick
Laurence Fishburne Marion Bishop
Brian Dennehy Sgt. Jasper O'Shea
Maria Bello Dr. Alex Sabian
Drea de Matteo Iris Ferry
Matt Craven Off. Kevin Capra
John Leguizamo Beck
Ja Rule Smiley
Aisha Hinds Anna
Gabriel Byrne Capt. Marcus Duvall
Currie Graham Mike Kahane
Peter Bryant Lt. Holloway
Kim Coates Deputy Rosen


Assault on Precinct 13 has received mixed or average critic reviews, with a 61% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes[2] and a metascore of 54 on Metacritic[3]. According to Box office Mojo, it generated $35 million at worldwide box office on a budget of $20 million.[4]

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