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The Siege (1998)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  6 November 1998 (USA)
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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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Ahmed Ben Larby ...
Sheik Achmed Bin Talal
Mosleh Mohamed ...
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Lianna Pai ...
Tina Osu (as Liana Pai)
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Khalil Saleh
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Storyline

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

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6 November 1998 (USA)  »

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Against All Enemies  »

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Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£845,954 (UK) (8 January 1999)

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SGD 511,909 (Singapore) (19 February 1999)
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Another title considered was "Against All Enemies". See more »

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The enormous blast when the bus explodes, which produces a massive shock wave, does not affect the helicopters circling above, as is seen with the steady camera footage later on. See more »

Quotes

[the agents observe and capture Samir]
Agent Frank Haddad: His name's Samir Nazhde. Teaches Arab Studies at Brooklyn College. He sponsored Ail Waziri's student visa. And dig this - his brother blew up a movie theatre in Tel Aviv.
Elise Kraft: You might consider leaving him alone.
Anthony 'Hub' Hubbard: Why would I consider doing that?
Elise Kraft: Play him like a cop and haul him in now and get your arrest, or tag him and let him lead you to the really big fish.
Agent Frank Haddad: [curses in Arabic] You're fishing and he's getting visas for bombers.
Elise Kraft: You ever heard of catch and ...
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Written by Jim Kerr (as James Kerr) and Charlie Burchill (as Charles Burchill)
Performed by Simple Minds
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One of the Effects of Cinematic Media: Reaction
23 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Watching the 1998 THE SIEGE in 2007 and then rolling through all the reviews of this film from the time of release to the present is a lesson in the power of the cinema. The obvious initial response was less about the film as a film than about the manner in which the FBI, CIA, Military, Terrorists, and public responded to the unimaginable: shouts of protests about 'glorification of occult terrorists', the Hollywood idea of the impossible happening, and the criticism of the fine cast of actors who steeped into roles 'beyond swallowing' are all here in these reviews.

Now, six years after 9/11 reviewers are taking a different view, though most still find the film pompous and obnoxious. Offensive versus defensive. And after viewing the movie as a movie it is gratifying to know that people feel strongly and are vocal about the depiction of the 'war against terrorism' we continue to lose. Movies that make people think and talk are valuable, and in that light the film is more successful than initially considered.

Yes, there are gaping holes in the script and the plot and the concept, but as a little thriller it maintains our attention throughout and offers some fine moments from actors such as Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, Tony Shalhoub, Bruce Willis, Sami Bouajila, Ahmed Ben Larby, Aasif Mandvi among others. And then there are the panoramas of New York City under siege with the Twin Towers standing mightily in the cityscape... It begs the question: if scriptwriter Lawrence Wright and director Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai, Courage Under Fire, Glory, Leaving Normal, Legends of the Fall, etc) were thinking along these lines and finding flaws in our intelligence forces, why weren't the leaders in Washington, DC in tune with 'absurd possibilities'? It makes one think - and that is the best thing about this film. Grady Harp


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