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The Siege (1998)

The secret U.S. abduction of a suspected terrorist, leads to a wave of terrorist attacks in New York City, that lead to the declaration of martial-law.

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Ahmed Ben Larby ...
Sheik Achmed Bin Talal
Mosleh Mohamed ...
Muezzin
Lianna Pai ...
Tina Osu (as Liana Pai)
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Mike Johanssen
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Fred Darius
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Danny Sussman
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FBI Agent Floyd Rose
Jeremy Knaster ...
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Khalil Saleh
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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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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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,931,285 (USA) (8 November 1998)

Gross:

$40,981,289 (USA)
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Trivia

In several scenes, General William Devereaux is seen not wearing his U.S. Army uniform, instead he's seen wearing an ordinary 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 Alexander Haig, who was Richard Nixon's Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and later White House Chief of Staff, while retaining his General rank in the Army, or Colin Powell, who was Ronald Reagan's National Security Advisor, while also retaining his General rank in the Army, and later known as "political General". See more »

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A diesel powered bus backfires causing bystanders to drop to the ground and take cover. Unlike gasoline engines, diesel engines do not backfire, except during very serious mechanical engine failures. See more »

Quotes

[the team is listening in on the three suspected bus 87 bombers]
Elise Kraft: They're discussing how hard it is to find a decent cup of coffee over here.
[hands headset to Frank]
Elise Kraft: I make out three voices. What do you have on the infrared?
FBI Agent Mike Johanssen: Sounds like three.
Agent Frank Haddad: If we had microwave we'd know for sure. The CIA's got microwave. How come we don't have microwave?
[Hubbard is talking to the landlord]
Landlord: ...There are three of them. All day long they watch TV, and eat pizza. Nothing but pizza. Pizza, pizza, pizza...
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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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