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The Siege (1998)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  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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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Action | Thriller

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)


SGD 511,909 (Singapore) (19 February 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


George F. Miller broke the right-hand side of his jaw in two places while working on this film. See more »


During the first chase scene, the FBI car in which Hubbard is riding shows damage to the right front fender before it hits anything. That damage then disappears. See more »


[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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Still stands up
20 November 2003 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I remember hearing about this film before its release. It had caught a great deal of flack for its use of Arabs and Muslims in particular as violent extremists. Even at that time I knew that the protests against this film were nothing more than politically correct nonsense, as even then the only trans-oceanic terrorists that existed were of the fake-Muslim variety that today we hear about every hour.

When I saw the film, I was impressed by the fair nature of the film, in that it portrayed the truth: these extremists exist in the overwhelming minority of Muslims, and that it is unwise and unfair to paint them all with the same brush. With a very good script, excellent performances and exciting action pieces, I was impressed.

Jump ahead a few years, and we see what we have learned. This film was not just an intelligent story. It was a warning sign. It examined things that people did not want to talk about. It examined things that people thought it more politically correct to ignore. It portrayed events realistically and in fact far less devastating than what was possible. If there is one thing that can be learned by examining a film such as this in retrospective of recent events, it is that our species chooses to ignore that which it does not want to accept.

Those who do not learn from their history are doomed to repeat it. Perhaps there are other subjects we should stop being so PC about and actually talk about instead of worrying about "how it will look."

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