BBC iPlayer: 'Assault On Precinct 13' (1976)

on Saturday, May 07, 2011
Words: Saam Das

SYNOPSIS: "Taut thriller inspired by Howard Hawks's 'Rio Bravo' about a violent stand-off in Los Angeles, following the killing of six members of a tough street gang in a police ambush." (

I went to see the debut feature film from Joe Cornish last night, 'Attack The Block', at a Volkswagen See Film Differently event. The sci-fi comedy/horror was enjoyable and I got to ask a question in the post-screening Q&A, which Joe's dad approved of as we were exiting. I feel validated. I then unexpectedly chatted with some of the cast (including a very lovely Jodie Whitaker) over free drinks afterward upstairs. What a bloomin' great evening.

After meeting some pals, I stumbled home only to discover that the brilliant John Carpenter film 'Assault On Precinct 13' was on. The stars were clearly aligning. A dark, mysterious siege film with a fantastically tense soundtrack. French label Record Makers actually put out the soundtrack for the first time, which you can get hold of here. Listen to a taster below.

STREAM: John Carpenter - Assault On Precinct 13 (Main Title) by RecordMakers

Watch 'Assault On Precinct 13' on BBC iPlayer until 2:04AM, Saturday 14 May 2011. Purchase on DVD at

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