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
Warren Richards
President Maxwell Monroe
Harold Sloan
Ambassador Sajid Moktasanni
Abu Ladeen
Nick Tutman
Margaret Sloan
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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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Filmed in Little Rock, Arkansas, where the state capitol building stands in for the National Capitol. See more »


The exterior of the United States Capitol changes to that of the Arkansas State Capitol. See more »

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This was a well directed film with great actors!
26 February 2001 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

I thought Under Siege was a great movie. In fact, I would like to know if there are any plans for future airing. The actors did an excellent job of portraying their characters. The presence of terrorism in our own back yard brought home the reality of our state of unreadiness for such an attack.

I would love to see and possibly purchase this film for my library. In fact, I was an extra ( FBI agent) in this movie on location in Little Rock, Arkansas. I watched much of the filming of this movie and the work of the director who did remarkable work.

Peter Strauss and Stan Shaw are two of my favorite actors. I thought they were great in their roles.


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