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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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Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins See more »
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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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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Far ahead of the game., 16 September 1999
Author: Chrissie from United States

Things that are only just now "news" were taken as a given in this shocking documentary. I fear that as the investigation proceeds, the producers of this film will be vindicated in spades.

The producers show us the Davidians, the government agents, the investigators, with all their faults and all their humanity. Nothing any reviewer can say could approach the impact of watching and listening for yourself. Pieces of evidence -- Congressional testimony, 911 tapes, news footage, expert commentary, interviews, photos and home videos -- are seamlessly woven together and tell a disturbing tale.

Do not wait. See this film and tell your friends.

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