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The Siege at Ruby Ridge (1996)

TV dramatization of the 1992 siege.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vicki Weaver
Randy Weaver
Kevin Harris
Ralph Coulter
Brian Jackson
Irma Coulter
Gwen Coulter
Bert Yeager
George Millins
Matthew Duncan (as Charlie Holiday)
Preston Maybank ...
Don Crawford
Chris Currie ...
Harry Adams (as Chris Curry)


A mini-series dramatization of the controversial 1992 attack by federal agents on the Idaho home of Randy Weaver, a white seperatist. The ten-day siege, begun over a minor gun charge, resulted in the deaths of Weaver's son, wife and dog, and a U.S. Marshall. The incident caused major public outcry against the FBI and U.S. Marshals. Written by Jonathan D. H. Parshall <parshall@citcom.net>

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19 May 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Every Knee Shall Bow: The Siege at Ruby Ridge  »

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The outdoor scenes were filmed in northern California north of Oroville near the Concow valley. Lake Concow can be seen in several shots including the opening credits in part 2 of the movie. The family home was constructed near the intersection of Concow Rd and Rim Rd. The shot of the train crossing one bridge with another bridge above it is the Pulga bridge along hwy 70. See more »


Sara Weaver: [while seeing the crowd gathered at her family's house] All of this for a family.
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Referenced in The Secret Rulers of the World (2001) See more »

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Too Much
7 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

I found this film engrossing but distasteful. No, I don't believe this movie was "made to turn people against the system" and yes, it was a true story but the networks turned it into the 'Movie of the Week", so how much is true and how much is drama is debatable.

The extremes that both the Weavers and the FBI go to in order to make their points and accomplish their missions are unrealistic. The Weavers slowly turn from nice folks--maybe a little fanatical, to guntoting, rabid, white separatists who will greet you with a bullet between the eyes rather than a friendly smile. What was in the air they were breathing in those Idaho mountains? At one point they were model neighbors and at another, they were cussing and picketing their them with their fledgling Nazi kids.

The judicial system is realistic in the beauracratic way of initially handling Weaver's gun charge including the entrapment issue, yet things go horribly wrong in the way things are handled during the seige. How many feds does it take to get one guy off a mountain?

I don't think this movie did either side any justice. The script could have been better written although good work from Quaid, Dern and Dunst. That alone made the film passable.

I don't think this film succeeds in turning anyone against the system--at least no one who is educated enough to understand the way that system works.

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