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Under Siege (1986)

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The screenplay written many years before 911 was controversial for it's time. Many groups claimed it to be discriminating. It's relevancy for today's world events presents an uncanny coincidence.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Garry
Geoffrey Wiggins
John Pace
George Grizzard ...
Warren Richards
President Maxwell Monroe
Harold Sloan
David Opatoshu ...
Ambassador Sajid Moktasanni
Abu Ladeen
Nick Tutman
Margaret Sloan
Kathy Murphy
Gloria Garry
Bernard Hughes
Andrew Simon


Terrorists launch an attack against the USA. Their first strike is by a suicide squad that detonates a truckload of explosives at an army base in Washington DC. FBI probes indicate that the attack is by Arab terrorists led by Iranians. Subsequent attacks are via airplanes exploded in mid-air, crowded restaurants, and an attack on a mall. Administration cabinet heads push the President (Hal Holbrook) to retaliate. The director of the FBI (Peter Strauss) believes that there may be more to the story than the investigation has revealed and the Secretary of Defense (Paul Winfield) is the only other person urging caution. Written by John Sacksteder <>

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9 February 1986 (USA)  »

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Anatinaxte ton Lefko Oiko  »

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One of two films released in 1986 that features Beatrice Straight and E.G. Marshall as a couple, the other film being Power (1986). See more »


The use of the Arkansas State Capitol as a stand-in for the United States Capitol is blatant and would never deceive even the most untrained eye. The Arkansas Capitol is much smaller than the US Capitol and does not have a Statue of Freedom on its dome. See more »

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Really not that good
26 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Okay, I haven't seen this in years, but I distinctly remember it, in detail, from when it originally aired on TV.

The premise of terrorists wandering about bombing and rocketing things is perfectly scary, sure. And I guess if you are so inclined, you'd find it prescient of 9/11. In reality, it seemed to be an extreme version of what had happened in the past decade in Europe.

Anyway, I recall it being sorta not that good. I watched for the premise, explosions, and waiting for some law enforcement or military unit to do something useful about it. Instead soldiers hoot and holler about a girl and get blown up for their effort, and so on.

Typical TV-movie fare, really.

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