In the ghetto's of Anderson California, juvenile violence in the form of street gangs have been out of control. A local gang managed to steal a large supply of firearms. The police Commissioner acknowledges the threat they could represent should they ever become organized. A man named Lawson (Martin West), violently crosses paths with some of the affiliates. After escaping on foot, he makes his way to a police station that is about to be closed down. The street gang … more
Carpenter's second feature is a lean, urban reworking of Hawks' Rio Bravo. The B-movie maestro has always produced impressive results on shoestring budgets, but this $100K production delivers a lot of bang for the buck; I can't think of any other film that was so well produced at such low cost. As there were corners to be cut, the cast consists primarily of experienced unknowns. Even the leads (blaxploitation veteran Austin Stoker and television performer Darwin … more
Assault on Precinct 13 is one of my childhood favorites. A crazy film about all of the L.A. street gangs forming a pact so they can terrorize the streets together. When one of their own is killed and the person responsible enters a skeleton crew manned Police precinct the gauntlet is tossed and they decide to wage war upon the building and kill anyone and everyone in it. Can the cops inside survive the onslaught of street punks? I love this picture. This is John … more
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