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The Siege (1998)

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The secret US abduction of a suspected terrorist leads to a wave of terrorist attacks in New York that lead to the declaration of martial law.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ahmed Ben Larby ...
Sheik Achmed Bin Talal
Mosleh Mohamed ...
Lianna Pai ...
Tina Osu (as Liana Pai)
FBI Agent Mike Johanssen
Fred Darius
Danny Sussman
FBI Agent Floyd Rose
Jeremy Knaster ...
INS Official
INS Uniform
Khalil Saleh


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 Karen Eiler <keiler@sprintmail.com>

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An enemy they can't see. A nation under siege. A crisis they can't control See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Against All Enemies  »

Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,931,285 (USA) (6 November 1998)


$40,932,372 (USA) (12 February 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In several scene General William Devereaux is seen not wearing U.S. Army General uniform, instead he's seen wearing ordinary jacket and tie suit. It is revealed that General Devereaux is actually holding a position in the president's cabinet while retaining his Army commission as a major general, possibly national security advisor or white house chief of staff. This resembled to Alexander Haig who was Richard Nixon Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and later white house chief of staff while retaining his General ranks in the army or Colin Powell who was Ronald Reagan's national security advisor while also retaining his General ranks in the army and later known as "political general". See more »


General Devereaux mentions the M16-A1 assault rifle when he should have said the M16-A2 See more »


Agent Frank Haddad: [to Hub about Elise & Samir] The three of you really do make a lovely couple.
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First You Cry
Written by Buddy Flett and David Egan
Performed by Little Buster And The Soul Brothers
Courtesy of Rounder Records
by arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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one of the most thrilling and controversial film of the year
1 May 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Edward Zwick's The Siege is a well made suspense film about the de-construction of NYC. Not literally, but by arab terorists that set bombs off all over the City and Denzel Washington (great as always) plays a FBI agent who is trying to catch the units that are doing this. Annette Benning is also good as a foreigner who has a link to the arabs. But soon, this leads up to martial law in NYC, and army man Bruce Willis (also very good as a stone figured tyrant) begins to get arabs into concentration camps. This is pretty controversial in and of itself becauase this seems to be where NYC is headed. Director/writer Zwick knows that, and makes that knowledge into one hell of a good thriller.

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