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Waco: The Rules of Engagement -- Using interviews, news footage, testimony before Congress, and infrared photographic analysis, ‘Waco: The Rules of Engagement’ chips away at the government's story that David Koresh and his followers were a dangerous cult involved in strange sex and drug practices who were preparing to slaughter their neighbors and that they immolated themselves a la Jonestown, rather than give themselves up peacefully. Nearly every element of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms' and the FBI's cover-up is exposed as fraudulent and the viewer is left wondering when, if ever, justice will finally be served.
Waco: The Rules of Engagement -- This video is a commentary by the director of Waco: The Rules of Engagement, William Gazecki, talking on the making of the movie. WACO was theatrically released in 1997 and has aired on television. It is also available on DVD.

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19 September 1997 (USA) See more »
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This controversial documentary about the stand-off between an unorthodox Christian group - the Branch Davidians... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins See more »
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The film someone had to make. Yes, it's biased - it's kind of hard not to be in light of the evidence. See more (30 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Dan Gifford ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clive Doyle ... Himself - Branch Davidian (also archive footage)
Jack Harwell ... Himself - Sheriff
Dick J. Reavis ... Himself - Author (also archive footage)
James D. Tabor ... Himself - Biblical Scholar
David Thibodeau ... Himself - Branch Davidian

Joe Biden ... Himself - U.S. Senate (archive footage) (uncredited)

Sonny Bono ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Howard Coble ... Himself - U.S. Congress (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Conyers ... Himself - U.S. Congress (archive footage) (uncredited)
Orrin G. Hatch ... Himself - U.S. Senate (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jim Jones ... Himself - in Jonestown (archive footage) (uncredited)
David Koresh ... Himself - Branch Davidian Leader (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tom Lantos ... Himself - U.S. Congress (archive footage) (uncredited)
Janet Reno ... Herself - U.S. Attorney General (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bob Ricks ... Himself (FBI spokesman) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Steven Schiff ... Himself - U.S. Congress (archive footage) (uncredited)
David Somerville ... Himself (ATF) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
William Gazecki 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William Gazecki 
Dan Gifford 
Michael McNulty 

Produced by
William Gazecki .... producer
Dan Gifford .... executive producer
Dan Gifford .... producer
Michael McNulty .... producer
Amy Sommer .... co-executive producer (as Amy Sommer Gifford)
 
Original Music by
David Hamilton 
 
Cinematography by
William Gazecki 
Rick Nyburg 
 
Film Editing by
William Gazecki 
Richard LaBrie 
Rick Nyburg 
 
Sound Department
William Gazecki .... sound editor
 
Thanks
J. Neil Schulman .... special thanks
 

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136 min | USA:165 min
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The film someone had to make. Yes, it's biased - it's kind of hard not to be in light of the evidence., 24 May 2009
Author: revere-7 from the heartland

The film someone had to make.

Waco: The Rules of Engagement dissects the evidence behind the standoff in Waco, Texas that led to the destruction of the Branch Davidian homestead and the alleged government cover-up.

The first thing you need to know about this film: you will see brief but disturbing photos of the victims bodies. This is not done for shock value, but to illustrate points about the way they died, as if you were present at the coroner's inquest.

The second thing you should know about this film: at two and a quarter hours, it's pretty ponderous - especially if you already followed the events closely at the time. If you are unaware of any of the events other than what was reported in the mass media, or if the only side of the story you are familiar with is the official government report, this may be essential viewing. If, on the other hand you want a more concise (albeit unapologetically one sided) version of events, you should see "Waco: The Big Lie".

In summary, this is pretty much the definitive documentary about this tragic event, and is very sobering, but as a work of film-making, could test your patience, especially if you have a short attention span. And it's at times superfluous for those who watched the CSPAN hearings and the 60 Minutes reports.

Perhaps someday someone will make a documentary that covers some of the stranger aspects of this story, such as the bizarre chain of events that led up to the ATF raid or the psychological warfare tactics the FBI used blasting rock music at the sect, and their charismatic leaders (all rock musicians themselves) picking up their instruments and turning their massive amplifiers outward to blast their own music right back at them.

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