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Under Siege -- Steven Seagal is a martial arts expert/chef  in this adventure-packed story of terrorism at sea.  Earning over $83,000,000 at the box office, Siskel & Ebert give it "two thumbs up!
Under Siege -- A former SEAL, now cook, is the only person who can stop a gang of terrorists when they sieze control of a US Navy battleship.


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Writer (WGA):
J.F. Lawton (written by)
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Release Date:
9 October 1992 (USA) See more »
It's not a job...It's an Adventure! See more »
A former S.E.A.L., now cook, is the only person who can stop a gang of terrorists when they seize control of a U.S. Navy battleship. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Steven Seagal ... Casey Ryback

Tommy Lee Jones ... William Stranix

Gary Busey ... Cmdr. Krill

Erika Eleniak ... Jordan Tate

Colm Meaney ... Doumer

Patrick O'Neal ... Capt. Adams
Andy Romano ... Adm. Bates

Nick Mancuso ... Tom Breaker

Damian Chapa ... Tackman

Troy Evans ... Granger

David McKnight ... Flicker
Lee Hinton ... Cue Ball

Glenn Morshower ... Ens. Taylor
Leo Alexander ... Lt. Smart
John Rottger ... Cmdr. Green
Brad Rea ... Marine Guard
Michael Welden ... Lt. Ballard

Bernie Casey ... Cmdr. Harris
Rickey Pierre ... Kitchen Helper

Raymond Cruz ... Ramirez
Duane Davis ... Johnson
Eddie Bo Smith Jr. ... Shadow

Richard Andrew Jones ... Pitt (as Richard Jones)

Tom Reynolds ... Wave
Tom Muzila ... Cates
Kirk Burroughs ... Commando

George Cheung ... Commando (as George Kee Cheung)
Jim Chimento ... Commando

Craig Dunn ... Commando

Daniel Dupont ... Commando

Frank Ferrara ... Commando
Adam James ... Commando
Michael Gaylord James ... Commando
Miguel Nino ... Commando
David Webster ... Commando
Gene Barge ... Bail Jumper
Tony Brown ... Bail Jumper (as Anthony G. Brown)
Hiram Bullock ... Bail Jumper
Chris 'Hambone' Cameron ... Bail Jumper (as Christopher Alan Cameron)
Richard Davis ... Bail Jumper
Tad Robinson ... Bail Jumper
Wendall Wayne Stewart ... Bail Jumper

Tom Wood ... Pvt. Nash
Jerome Wiggins ... Sammy Lee
Joseph F. Kosala ... Engine Room Watch Officer

Ousaun Elam ... Marine

Peewee Piemonte ... Marine (as Richard Piemonte)
Daniel H. Friedman ... Spoon
Gregory G. Stump ... Bridge Officer
David U. Hodges ... Bridge Watchman
Bruce Bozzi ... F-18 Pilot
Craig Pinkard ... Submariner (as Craig A. Pinkard)
Sandy Ward ... Gunner's Mate Calaway

Conrad E. Palmisano ... Strike Team Leader

Luis J. Silva ... Luigi

Michael Des Barres ... Domiani
Nate Robinson ... Ship's Doctor
Gary Gardner ... Marine - San Francisco
Dru Anne Carlson ... Capt. Spellman (as Drucilla A. Carlson)
Ralph Wesley Carey ... Naval Aide

Joseph R. John ... Chief of Staff

Dennis Lipscomb ... David Trenton, National Security Advisor

Dale Dye ... Capt. Garza (as Dale A. Dye)
Robert Nichols ... Col. Sarnac
E. Daniel Corte Jr. ... CIA Aide
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Marsh ... Narrator, opening sequence (voice)

Jamie Avera ... Naval Aircraft Handler (uncredited)
Barbara Bush ... Herself - Aboard USS Missouri (archive footage) (uncredited)

George Bush ... Himself - Aboard USS Missouri (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dick Cheney ... Himself - Aboard USS Missouri (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bennett Wayne Dean Sr. ... Air Force Colonel (uncredited)
Craig Deroche ... USN Pentagon Security Officer (uncredited)

Edmund Druilhet ... Comando (uncredited)

Tom Druilhet ... Cajun Sailor (uncredited)

Jamie Gliddon ... Marine (uncredited)
Kamel Krifa ... Terrorist (uncredited)

John Laughlin ... Zix (uncredited)
Robert D. Parham ... Sailor (uncredited)
Michael Sansom ... Mike (uncredited)

Kevin Wayne ... Submarine Terrorist (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrew Davis 
Writing credits
J.F. Lawton (written by)

Produced by
Jack B. Bernstein .... co-producer
Gary W. Goldstein .... executive producer (as Gary Goldstein)
J.F. Lawton .... executive producer
Peter Macgregor-Scott .... co-producer
Arnon Milchan .... producer
Steven Reuther .... producer
Steven Seagal .... producer
Joel Chernoff .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Gary Chang 
Cinematography by
Frank Tidy 
Film Editing by
Don Brochu 
Robert A. Ferretti 
Dov Hoenig 
Dennis Virkler 
Casting by
Pamela Basker 
Production Design by
Bill Kenney 
Art Direction by
William Hiney 
Set Decoration by
Rick Gentz 
Costume Design by
Richard Bruno 
Production Management
P.M. Scott .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joel Chernoff .... second unit director
David Kelley .... second assistant director
Thomas J. Mack .... first assistant director
Conrad E. Palmisano .... second unit director
Art Department
John Alvin .... poster artist
Laurianne Buler .... painter
Laurianne Butler-Smith .... painter (as Laurianne Butler)
Clete Cetrone .... construction foreman
Keith Darwin .... on-set scenic
Stephen I. Erdberg .... propmaker
K. Drew Fuller .... carpenter
Robert L. Girard .... construction foreman
Joseph Lallement .... carpenter
Denny Logan .... art department
Alan Manzer .... set designer
Sam Moore .... property master
Ron Reedy .... assistant property master
John Rozman .... set dresser
Sally Thornton .... set designer
Daniel Turk .... foreman
John Bob Wallace .... scenic artist
Ken White .... construction foreman (as Kenny White)
Lindanne Lewis .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leslie Ball .... sound effects coordinator
Robert Bradshaw .... sound editor (as Bob Bradshaw)
Richard Burton .... sound editor
Clayton Collins .... sound editor
Rickley W. Dumm .... assistant sound editor
Bruce Fortune .... sound editor
Steven Gerrior .... first assistant sound editor
Hector C. Gika .... sound editor (as Hector Gika)
Jeffrey J. Haboush .... sound re-recording mixer
Rick Hart .... sound re-recording mixer
Glenn Hoskinson .... sound editor
Scott D. Jackson .... supervising foley editor
William Jacobs .... sound effects editor
Dawn Michelle King .... assistant sound editor
Frank Kniest .... sound editor
John Kwiatkowski .... sound editor (as John Kwaitkowski)
Mary Jo Lang .... foley mixer
Lance Laurienzo .... second assistant sound editor
John Leveque .... supervising sound editor
Kimberly Ellen Lowe .... dialogue editor (as Kimberly Lowe Voigt)
Kimberly Ellen Lowe .... sound editor (as Kimberly Lowe Voigt)
Anthony Milch .... sound editor (as Anthony R. Milch)
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer (as Don Mitchell)
Frank A. Montaño .... sound re-recording mixer ) (as Frank A. Montano (L. J.)
Rocky Moriana Jr. .... sound editor
Jay Nierenberg .... sound editor
John Roesch .... foley artist
Victoria Rose Sampson .... supervising foley editor (as Victoria Sampson)
Kim Secrist .... sound editor
Janelle Showalter .... assistant adr editor
Scott D. Smith .... production sound mixer
Bruce Stambler .... supervising sound editor
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Becky Sullivan .... supervising adr editor
Shawn Sykora .... sound editor
Donald L. Warner Jr. .... sound editor (as Don Warner)
Mark Weber .... sound mixer: second unit
Richard E. Yawn .... sound editor
Cory Coken .... additional adr artist (uncredited)
Andy Snavley .... sound technician (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Christopher Briles .... assistant camera
Christopher Briles .... special effects assistant
Thomas L. Fisher .... special effects coordinator
Terry W. King .... special effects assistant
Andrew Miller .... special effects foreman
Matsune Suzuki .... art department: Introvision
Jay King .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Nick Davis .... visual effects producer
Chris Dawson .... composite camera operator/visual effects editorial: Introvision
John P. Mesa .... visual effects cameraman
William Mesa .... visual effects supervisor
Liz Radley .... video & computer graphics supervisor
Charles Wood .... visual effects art director (uncredited)
Michael Adams .... stunts
G.A. Aguilar .... stunts
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunts
Richard L. Blackwell .... stunts
Tim Card .... stunts
Binh Dang .... stunts
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunt coordinator (as Jeff Dashnaw)
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunts
Steve M. Davison .... stunts
James Deeth .... stunts
Greg Wayne Elam .... stunts
Lance Gilbert .... stunts
Carlos Gonzales .... stunts
Dick Hancock .... stunts
Clifford Happy .... stunt double: Mr. Jones
Tom Harper .... stunts
Kane Hodder .... stunts
Norman Howell .... stunts
Terry Jackson .... stunts
Jeff Jensen .... stunts
K. Lee Johnson .... utility stunts
Kevin LaRosa .... stunts
Anderson Martin .... stunts
Gary Morgan .... stunts
Dean Mumford .... stunts
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt coordinator
Peewee Piemonte .... stunts
John Rottger .... stunts
Mark Stefanich .... stunts
Nils Allen Stewart .... stunts
Brian J. Williams .... stunts
Dick Ziker .... stunts
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt double: Knife Thrower (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Anderson .... dolly grip
Audie Aragon .... best boy grip
Allen Barnwell .... electrician
David S. Campbell .... first assistant camera
Eugene F. Crededio .... gaffer
Dick Deats .... key grip: additional photography
Ziad Doueiri .... first assistant camera: additional photography
Curtis Failor .... electrician: second unit
Curtis Failor .... rigging electrician
Chris Fisher .... assistant camera
Matt Gulbin .... grip
Douglas S. Holgate .... camera assistant
Gary Holt .... director of photography: second unit
Joe Humphreys .... electrician
Frank Keever .... rigging key grip
Bob E. Krattiger .... gaffer
James E. Krattiger .... lighting technician
Jim Luske .... cinematographer: Hawaii
Tim Metivier .... second assistant camera
Douglas Olivares .... assistant camera: Hawaii
Greg Patterson .... best boy rigging grip
Brad Rea .... dolly grip: "a" camera
Randall Robinson .... director of photography: additional photography
Bill Soares .... assistant camera: additional photography, Hawaii
Stephen St. John .... Steadicam operator
Stephen St. John .... camera operator: "b" camera
Zoran Veselic .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Shirley Fulton Crumley .... location casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Victoria Bruno .... costumer
Wingate Jones .... costume supervisor
Laurie Riley .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Richard Byard .... assistant editor
Phil Downey .... color timer
Rolf Fleischmann .... first assistant editor
William Marrinson .... assistant editor
Bob Putynkowski .... color timer
Brian Ralph .... negative cutter
John Reul .... assistant editor
Frank Sacco .... consulting editor
Stefanie Wiseman .... assistant editor
Ed Stabile .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Sally Boldt .... music editor
Sharon Boyle .... music consultant
Christine Cholvin .... assistant music editor
Todd Hayen .... composer: additional music
Todd Hayen .... conductor
Todd Hayen .... orchestrator
Carlton Kaller .... music editor
Norman Ludwin .... musician (bass)
Brian Reeves .... music recording & mixing
Ed Stabile .... assistant music editor
Armin Steiner .... music recorder: orchestral
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Dan Wallin .... music recorder: orchestral
Transportation Department
Linda Cipperley .... transportation
Hugh Kelly .... driver
Timothy Stephens .... driver
Other crew
Michael Battaglia .... unit publicist
Howard Fannon .... assistant propmaster: weapons
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Jason M. Friedman .... production assistant
James Griffin .... assistant marine coordinator
Moby Griffin .... marine coordinator
Kurt Hall .... laboratory technician: Continental Film Laboratories
Laurie Hansen .... assistant: Mr. Davis
Joe Humphreys .... set electricity
Sarah Knight .... production office coordinator: Los Angeles
Bertram McCann .... marine coordinator
Jim McCarthy .... post-production accountant
Brett Luciana Murray .... crafts services
Saty Raghavachary .... graphics programmer
John Rottger .... technical advisor
Robert Schick .... key set production assistant
Ricki L. Stein .... production accountant
James Stotler .... assistant marine coordinator
Sarah Nean Bruce .... production consultant (uncredited)
Jeff Coopwood .... adr voice (uncredited)
Bill Daly .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Laura Tiz .... accounting clerk (uncredited)

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Rated R for strong violence, and for language and brief nudity
103 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Dolby Stereo (4 channels)
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:14A | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Québec) (original rating) | Canada:13+ (Québec) (re-rating) (2003) | Finland:K-15 (2001) (uncut) | Finland:K-16 (1999) (cut) | Finland:K-16 (1993) (heavily cut) | Finland:K-18 (1992) (uncut) | Germany:18 | Iceland:16 | New Zealand:M | Norway:18 | Norway:15 (cut) (cinema rating) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 (original rating) (cut) | South Korea:18 (re-rating) (uncut) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (cut) | UK:18 (uncut) | UK:15 (uncut) (cinema release) | USA:R (certificate #32058)
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Did You Know?

The events in the movie take place in mid-to-late December 1991. The opening scenes mention that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor had taken place 50 years earlier on December 7, 1941. In addition, President George Bush's real-life order to remove nuclear missiles from U.S. Navy surface ships was issued in 1991.See more »
Continuity: Ryback throws the knife in the lower half of the wooden board. When he retrieves it to use as a weapon, it's in the center.See more »
Commander Krill:Private Nash, you came on board in Hawaii?
Pvt. Nash:Yes, sir!
Commander Krill:Then you don't know about Chief Ryback. He is an extreme psychopath. He hates officers. He hates America. This is the Captain's birthday. I do not want him ruining it. No one is to speak to him. No one is to let him out. If he tries to escape, shoot him right *here*!
[taps Nash directly between the eyes]
Commander Krill:I'm counting on you.
Pvt. Nash:Yes, sir!
Commander Krill:[to everyone else] Let's go.
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26 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Not great but an enjoyable action movie that is probably one of Seagal's most successful films, 27 March 2005
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

On board the Navy battleship USS Missouri, a group of terrorists use the rouse of a surprise party for the Captain as an opportunity to take control and start to load up the weapons – specifically tomahawks with nuclear tips. Lead by a bitter rouge CIA agent William Stranix, the group put their plan into action while the military struggles to formulate a fast response. Meanwhile, lowly cook Casey Ryback is locked in the meat locker for disobeying an order by the Commander but manages to get out and have the run of the ship. Luckily for him, but unluckily for the terrorists, Ryback also happens to be a trained Navy SEAL, working as a cook to serve out his time, and he doesn't like his cooking being interrupted by anyone.

In the wake of Die Hard we were treated (and still are treated) to lots of reruns of the "one man against terrorists" scenario and this film was one of the better ones, also providing Steven Seagal with arguably his best film to date. Of course this is not too much of a recommendation given the poor standard of Seagal films and this derivative genre. However, for what it is, it moves pretty slickly and provides lots of men shooting and things going "boom" which, lets be honest, is all we're really here for. The plot can't compare to Die Hard because it doesn't share the link of the "common man" being the hero (if you can call John McClane a common man); instead Ryback is a trained killer and the plot quickly loses any vague touch with reality as his fight becomes more and more extreme. The action is still enjoyable though and, while it isn't a classic in the realms of Die Hard, it is still an enjoyable action film in an overdone genre.

In terms of acting, nobody could accuse Seagal of being "good" but at least here he was at the "height" of his powers in a vehicle that suited him but also had a budget and style to work as a mainstream product. His lack of emotional range shows as he kneels over the body of his dead captain and looks like a man who has just missed his bus – annoyed but not THAT annoyed. However what he does do well is move and shoot – both skills the film has lots of for him to do and physically he is impressive. Eleniak should serve as a warning of the fleeting nature of a-list stardom for those that rely on looks alone. At the time she was the face (?) of Baywatch and on many people's bedroom walls and she plays an "actress" who is using her breasts to make a living – amazingly she plays it without a hint of irony. Looking back her dated haircut is hilarious and the fact that her breasts are the only thing that I can remember of her entire career to date is quite depressing. Jones and Busey can do crazy bad guys better than many people and they do it well here – especially Jones, who appears to be enjoying himself immensely.

Overall this is an enjoyable action film as long as you know what you are getting into – it is not great but it is certainly one of the more enjoyable Seagal films and does manage to be a good entry in the genre and it was no surprise to me that Seagal came back for me in a less successful but equally as silly and enjoyable sequel.

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