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
Ann Sweeny ...
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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Release Date:

9 February 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Anatinaxte ton Lefko Oiko  »

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1.33 : 1
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Powerfully Prophetic
16 July 2015 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Director Roger Young's Under Siege was shocking in 1986 and now, unfortunately, was profoundly prophetic. One of the writers for this film was Bob Woodward of Watergate fame and someone well versed in the current political situation. This movie was breathtaking and almost impossible to believe in the incidents depicted at the time. However, not only after 9/11, but in light of terrifying extremist inspired domestic attacks at Fort Hood, Chattanooga, etc., this television production turns out to have only predicted the possibilities. Now, sadly, they seem to be inevitable. In retrospect, I recall being deeply disturbed by some scenes, such as the attack on the U.S. Capitol and the depiction of terrorists casually walking through a shopping mall and tossing hand grenades into each store from a gym bag over their shoulders. It was horrifying and totally unbelievable. Now, it seems all too real and only the truth. Highly recommended for the superb acting, outstanding production, incredible suspense, and its breathtaking prophetic statement. It is overwhelming all this appears to be now happening in the U.S. in our own time.

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