After the abduction by the US military of an Islamic religious leader, New York City becomes the target of escalating terrorist attacks. Anthony Hubbard, the head of the FBI's Counter-Terrorism Task Force in New York, teams up with CIA operative Elise Kraft to hunt down the terrorist cells responsible for the attacks. As the bombings continue, the US government responds by declaring martial law, sending US troops, led by Gen. Devereaux, into the streets of New York City. Written by
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According to an interview that screenwriter Lawrence Wright gave to CBS in 2007, the film was a box office failure upon its theatrical release, "but it was the most-rented movie in America after 9/11." Wright also claimed that the initial release bombed because "Muslim and Arab protesters picketed the theaters. They were furious at being stereotyped as terrorists." See more »
When the pizza box is delivered to the cell in the apartment, it is clearly sealed, with all three sides tucked in. When the terrorist places the box on the table and carries on a conversation with the other terrorists, the side flaps on the box are clearly untucked as if the box had been opened, but yet the man never opened the box until it exploded. See more »
[Elise and Samir are having sex as Frank and Hub watch through a thermal imager]
Agent Frank Haddad:
Beats the shit out of cable.
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The Siege raised questions that we should have been asking before the tragedy of 9/11.
I seem to remember that this film was looked down upon by the Arab Americans. I don't understand that considering the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 and some of the perpetrators who were eventually apprehended. My husband and I found The Siege frighteningly entertaining. Once more Denzel Washington gave a tour-de-force performance. The rest of the cast was excellent. The script was prophetic. The writer understood what might happen if the war on terror resided in New York City. Where is Lawrence Wright now?
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