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The Siege -- 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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Release Date:
6 November 1998 (USA) See more »
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On November 6th our freedom is history See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Denzel Washington ... Anthony 'Hub' Hubbard

Annette Bening ... Elise Kraft / Sharon Bridger

Bruce Willis ... Major General William Devereaux

Tony Shalhoub ... Agent Frank Haddad

Sami Bouajila ... Samir Nazhde
Ahmed Ben Larby ... Sheik Achmed Bin Talal
Mosleh Mohamed ... Muezzin
Lianna Pai ... Tina Osu (as Liana Pai)

Mark Valley ... FBI Agent Mike Johanssen

Jack Gwaltney ... Fred Darius

David Proval ... Danny Sussman

Lance Reddick ... FBI Agent Floyd Rose
Jeremy Knaster ... INS Official

William Hill ... INS Uniform

Aasif Mandvi ... Khalil Saleh
Frank DiElsi ... Officer Williams

Wood Harris ... Officer Henderson
Ellen Bethea ... FBI Agent Anita

David Costabile ... Fingerprint Expert
Glenn Kessler ... Fiber Expert
Jeffrey Waid ... Video Agent (as Jeffrey Allan Waid)
Tom McDermott ... Phone Bank Agent
Sherry Ham-Bernard ... Hubbard's Secretary
Joseph Hodge ... Landlord

Joey Naber ... Rashad

Said Faraj ... Sleeper terrorist

Ali Afshar ... Ali Wiziri, #87 Bus Bomber (as Alex Dodd)
Jacqueline Antaramian ... Najiba Haddad
Helmi Kassim ... Frank Haddad Jr.
Ghoulam R. Rasoully ... Frank Haddad Jr.'s Teacher
Joseph Badalucco Jr. ... EMT
Diana Naftal ... Injured Woman

Ben Shenkman ... INS Agent Howard Kaplan
Barton Tinapp ... Mayoral Candidate (as A.A. Barton Tinapp)

Neal Jones ... NYPD Representative

Donna Hanover ... District Attorney
Peter Schindler ... Johnson, FAA

Hany Kamal ... Arab Spokesman

Chip Zien ... Chief of Staff

Dakin Matthews ... Senator Wright

John Rothman ... Congressman Marshall
John Henry Cox ... Speaker of the House
E. Katherine Kerr ... Attorney General
Jimmie Ray Weeks ... Army General

Will Lyman ... FBI Director
Ray Godshall ... CIA Director

Victor Slezak ... Colonel Hardwick, Army Intelligence

Chris Messina ... Corporal
Gilbert Rosales ... Mechanic

Amro Salama ... Tariq Husseini, Auto Shop Owner
Jim Shankman ... ACLU Lawyer

Matt Servitto ... Journalist #1

Jourdan Fremin ... Journalist #2
Anjua Warfield-Maximo ... March Organizer

Susie Essman ... Protest Speaker
Rory J. Aylward ... Lieutenant
Jeff Beatty ... Undercover FBI Agent
Graham Larson ... FBI Agent (as Graham J. Larson)

Arianna Huffington ... Capitol Week Pundit
Robert Scheer ... Capitol Week Pundit
Matt Miller ... Capitol Week Pundit

John F. Beard ... Newscaster
Stan Brooks ... Newscaster
Alex Chadwick ... Newscaster
Epi Colon ... Newscaster
Judy de Angelis ... Newscaster
Luis Jimenez ... Newscaster
Sean Hannity ... Newscaster
Ronald Kuby ... Newscaster
Daniel Schorr ... Newscaster
Curtis Sliwa ... Newscaster
Susan Stamberg ... Newscaster
Mary Alice Williams ... Newscaster
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mike Akrawi ... Terrorist (uncredited)

Anthony Batarse ... Terrorist (uncredited)
Buzz Cartier ... Concentration Camp Detainee (uncredited)

Scott Charles ... Fireman (uncredited)
Christian Chase ... Prisoner (uncredited)

Bill Clinton ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Gerard Cordero ... Hostage (uncredited)
Sean Patrick Doherty ... FBI Agent (uncredited)

Sean Patrick Folster ... Arab (uncredited)

Mark A. Langston ... Terrorist (uncredited)
Andrew Lasky ... FBI agent (uncredited)
Marshall Dancing Elk Lucas ... Bus Hostage (uncredited)
Dave Mallow ... Newscaster (voice) (uncredited)
Tim Maloney ... FBI Agent (uncredited)

Lisa Masters ... Reporter #2 (uncredited)

Trish McGettrick ... FBI Agent (uncredited)

John Meier ... Soldier with Devereaux in base (uncredited)
Ali Merhi ... Ali Akhmed (uncredited)

George F. Miller ... Soldier / Humvee Driver (uncredited)

Luis Moro ... Hubbard FBI Decoy (uncredited)

Garry Pastore ... Officer Perry (uncredited)

Robin Anne Phipps ... Crying Girl on Monitor (uncredited)
Andy Redmond ... Officer McFall (uncredited)
Rocco ... Fireman / Reporter (uncredited)

Michael Rothberger ... EMT #2 / ESU #2 (uncredited)

Patrick Russo ... Special Agent FBI (uncredited)
Tony Snow ... Newscaster (uncredited)
Suzanne Solomon ... Extra (uncredited)

Angel Taormina ... Girl in Pink Jacket on Street (uncredited)

Valeria Von Leczycki Goncharova Barrett ... Screaming Woman in Silver Gown (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward Zwick 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Lawrence Wright (story)

Lawrence Wright (screenplay) and
Menno Meyjes (screenplay) &
Edward Zwick (screenplay)

Produced by
Robin Budd .... associate producer
Bruce Devan .... supervising producer
Jonathan Filley .... co-producer
Lynda Obst .... producer
Peter Schindler .... executive producer
Edward Zwick .... producer
 
Original Music by
Graeme Revell 
 
Cinematography by
Roger Deakins 
 
Film Editing by
Steven Rosenblum 
 
Casting by
Mary Colquhoun 
Mary Goldberg 
 
Production Design by
Lilly Kilvert 
 
Art Direction by
Chris Shriver 
John Warnke (supervising art director)
 
Set Decoration by
Gretchen Rau 
 
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
 
Makeup Department
Kathryn Bihr .... key makeup artist
Joseph A. Campayno .... makeup artist: Ms. Bening
Larry M. Cherry .... hair stylist: Mr. Washington
Cydney Cornell .... hair stylist: Ms. Bening
Sunday Englis .... assistant special makeup
Scott W. Farley .... second key hair stylist
William A. Farley .... key hair stylist
Carl Fullerton .... makeup artist: Mr. Washington
Kelly Gleason .... makeup artist
Margie Kaklamanos .... makeup artist (as Margie Latinopoulos)
Todd Kleitsch .... prosthetic makeup
Heidi Kulow .... makeup artist
Bunny Parker .... hair stylist: Mr. Willis
Gerald Quist .... makeup artist: Mr. Willis
Mary Cooke .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Charlie Davis .... post-production supervisor
Jonathan Filley .... unit production manager
Carl S. Griffin .... production supervisor: Los Angeles
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul F. Bernard .... second assistant director
T. Sean Ferguson .... first assistant director
Craig Haagensen .... second unit director
Greg Hale .... second second assistant director (as Gregory G. Hale)
Peter Horton .... second unit director
Thomas A. Irvine .... first assistant director
Roger Lee .... dga trainee
Nilo Otero .... first assistant director
Michael Pitt .... additional second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Joseph Alfieri .... construction coordinator
Henry Antonacchio .... construction foreman
Joseph Badalucco Jr. .... key on-set dresser
Billy Baker .... set dresser
Bryan Belair .... construction coordinator
Kevin Brink .... set dresser
Roland Brooks .... charge scenic artist
Garf Brown .... scenic artist
Sarah Jackson Burt .... assistant decorator
Peter C. Clarke .... assistant property master
Justin Corbett .... construction grip
Gerald DeTitta .... lead man
Elizabeth Flaherty .... art department coordinator
Mark Gantt .... assistant property master
Jess Gonchor .... assistant art director
David Gulick .... property master
Mark Harrington .... props (as Mark C. Harrington)
Michael Herlihy .... carpenter
Laura Iler .... property assistant
Ozzy Inguanzo .... art department assistant
Tim Jackson .... general foreman
Steve Krieger .... set dresser
Victor Littlejohn .... set dresser
Charles E. McCarry .... assistant art director
Jeffrey D. McDonald .... assistant art director
Jean-Paul Menard .... set dresser
Jessica A. Milstein .... art department production assistant
Silvija L. Moess .... scenic artist
Scott P. Murphy .... assistant art director
David Napoli .... set dresser
Mark Newell .... set dresser
Fred O'Connor .... propmaker
Anthony D. Parrillo .... set designer: Los Angeles
Mari Phillips .... on-set dresser
Craig Pittman .... lead man
Chuck Potter .... buyer
Jeremy D. Pratt .... construction accountant
John Ralbovsky .... scenic foreman
Jeffrey Rollins .... props
Michael Scarola .... key construction grip
Robert Schleinig .... set dresser
Allen Stillman .... key construction electric
Cedar Valentine .... assistant art department coordinator (as E. Cedar McClure)
Frank White .... welding foreman
Joan Winters .... graphic designer
Richard Bryan Douglas .... carpenter (uncredited)
Peter Regnier .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David W. Alstadter .... foley mixer
Allan Byer .... sound mixer
Blake R. Cornett .... assistant sound editor
Frank Gaeta .... sound editor
Michael Haight .... dialogue editor
Gregory Hainer .... sound designer
Hanson Hsu .... stage engineer
Bobby Johanson .... adr recordist
R.J. Kizer .... adr supervisor
John A. Larsen .... supervising sound editor
Paul Massey .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Ormandy .... audio
Steve F. Price .... assistant sound editor
David Stanke .... assistant sound editor
Donald Sylvester .... adr editor
Gayle Wesley .... first assistant sound editor
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
David Young .... additional sound
John Lajvort .... sound editorial engineer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Stan Blackwell .... special effects foreman
Terry Erickson .... special effects technician
Steven Hintz .... special effects
Paul J. Lombardi .... special effects coordinator
Scott D. Mattson .... special effects office coordinator
Jeff Miller .... special effects technician
David Peterson .... special effects foreman
Scott Roark .... special effects
Matthew A. Rubin .... special effects office assistant
Chuck E. Stewart .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Joseph Conti .... visual effects producer
Brian Jochum .... visual effects producer
Val Keller .... digital systems assistant
Jeff Roe .... digital systems administrator
Robert Stromberg .... visual effects supervisor
Jeff Sutherland .... digital compositor
Rich Thorne .... production executive
Fred Toye .... visual effects
Patrick Zentis .... digital artist: Moving Target
 
Stunts
Ray Abbott .... stunts
Mike Akrawi .... stunts
Anthony Batarse .... stunts
Chino Binamo .... stunts
Janet Brady .... stunts
Troy Brown .... stunts
John Bruno .... stunts
Paul Bucossi .... stunts
Mike Cameron .... stunts
Darren A. Caperna .... stunts
Craig Castaldo .... stunts
Chris Cenatiempo .... stunts
John Cenatiempo .... stunts
George B. Colucci Jr. .... stunts (as George B. Colucci)
Kimberly Cossette .... stunts
Lori Crowder .... stunts
Wally Crowder .... stunt performer
Max Daniels .... stunt performer
Tim A. Davison .... stunts
Anthony DeFelice .... stunts
Ron Del Bario .... stunts
Andrew DePalma .... stunts
Brennan Dyson .... stunts
Kiante Elam .... stunts
Tom Elliott .... stunts
Annie Ellis .... stunts
Kenny Endoso .... stunts
Said Faraj .... stunts
Frank Ferrara Jr. .... stunts
Frank Ferrara .... stunts
Ralph Ferrara .... stunts
David Filippi .... stunts
Lisa France .... stunts
Andree Gibbs .... stunts
Jack Gill .... stunts
Rosine 'Ace' Hatem .... stunts
Peter Hock .... stunts
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunts
Norman Howell .... stunts
Elliot M. Kaplan .... stunts
Barbara Anne Klein .... stunts
Joel Kramer .... stunt coordinator (as Joel J. Kramer)
Lane Leavitt .... stunts
Jack Lotz .... stunts
Billy D. Lucas .... stunts
Gino Lucci .... stunts
Gary McLarty .... stunts
John Meier .... stunts
Angela Meryl .... stunt performer
Graham Miller .... stunts
Bennie Moore .... stunts
Jeff Mosley .... stunts
Mark Neveldine .... stunts
Tony Pantera .... stunts
Connie Picard .... stunts
Charlie Picerni .... stunts
Steve Picerni .... stunts
Jodi Michelle Pynn .... stunts
Ron Reynaldi .... stunts
Roman Rivera .... stunts
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts
John Rottger .... stunts
Michael Russo .... stunts
Kathy Semke .... stunts
Rick Shuster .... aerial stunts: cobra pilot
Robair Sims .... stunt performer
Steve Stafford .... aerial stunts: Huey co-pilot
Tim Trella .... stunts
Spice Williams-Crosby .... stunts
Scott Workman .... stunts
Danny Wynands .... stunts
Chuck Zito .... stunts
Mark Zobian .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Balzarini .... video assistant: second unit
Josh Blakeslee .... camera loader
James Boniece .... key rigging grip
Deborah Brozina .... second assistant camera: second unit
Terrence Laron Burke .... grip
Michael Caracciolo .... camera operator
Peter Clemence .... best boy grip: Los Angeles
Alan Colbert .... assistant chief lighting technician
Ed Dally .... assistant camera: Los Angeles
Clinton Dougherty .... camera operator
Richie Ford .... rigging gaffer
Dylan Goss .... aerial camera operator (as Dylan M. Gross)
Bill Green .... rigging best boy grip
Craig Haagensen .... camera operator: second unit
Bruce Hamme .... dolly grip
Joel Holland .... video assist operator
Jeremy Knaster .... electrician
Jerry D. Knight .... best boy: second unit
Mitchell Andrew Lillian .... key grip
Charlie Marroquin .... best boy grip
Rick Marroquin .... dolly grip
William Moore .... gaffer: John Toll re-shoot
David Norris .... camera operator: Wescam camera, New York
Bill O'Leary .... gaffer: New York
Bill O'Leary .... lighting consultant: Los Angeles
John L. Oates .... electrician
Wayne Paull .... camera operator: "b" camera
Louis Petraglia .... rigging best boy
Andrew Priestley .... assistant camera
Melvin Pukowsky .... grip: Los Angeles
Patrick Quinn .... additional first assistant camera
Kyle Rudolph .... Steadicam operator
Anthony Salerno .... camera operator
Jonathon E. Salzman .... gaffer: Los Angeles
Abe Schrager .... camera operator: second unit
Igor Srubshchik .... 24 frame video operator
Wayne Baker .... underwater assistant camera (uncredited)
Douglas Pellegrino .... additional camera (uncredited)
Paul S. Shapiro .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Sandy Holt .... additional special voice casting
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
Paul Russell .... casting assistant
Lee A. Miles .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pattie J. Barbosa .... additional costumer
Mickey Carleton .... military dresser
Barrett Hong .... costumer: Denzel Washington
Tom Macdonald .... key costumer
Philip Maldonado .... costumer
Donna Maloney .... wardrobe supervisor
Michelle Matland .... assistant costume designer
Robert Pease .... set costumer
Amy Roth .... costume coordinator
Laura Steinman .... additional costumer
Leslie Yarmo .... second assistant costume designer
Laura Sewrey .... set costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
David Bernstein .... colorist: high definition mastering
Joseph M. Caracciolo .... second assistant editor
Melissa Carter .... second assistant editor
Daniel Fair .... assistant editor
Joel Heller .... assistant editor
Cecilia Hyoun .... assistant editor: lightworks
John F. Lyons .... assistant editor
Deirdre Slevin .... apprentice editor
Kyle Ann Stokes .... assistant editor
Cynthia E. Thornton .... associate editor
 
Music Department
Paul Haslinger .... music programmer
Larry Kenton .... conductor
Norman Ludwin .... musician (bass)
Jay B. Richardson .... music editor
John Rodd .... orchestral scoring recordist
Dennis Sager .... scoring engineer
Paul Silver .... music editor: temp mix
Tim Simonec .... conductor
Tim Simonec .... orchestrator
Brian Williams .... music designer
Joshua Winget .... music editor
Mike Knobloch .... music executive (uncredited)
John Kurlander .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
David G. Russell .... music transcriptor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Richard Curry .... transportation coordinator: second unit
Chris Gorden .... driver
Robert Griffon Jr. .... picture car coordinator
Robert Hunter Jr. .... transportation coordinator
Ron Poniewaz Jr. .... driver
David G. Todd .... production van operator
 
Other crew
Jeffrey Angel .... location assistant
John Armstrong .... heavy eqipment operator
Lori A. Balton .... location scout
Jeff Beatty .... military advisor
Jeff Beatty .... special operations advisor
Bruce Benson .... pilot
Amy Carter .... first assistant production accountant
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Aria Noelle Curzon .... adr artist
Richard Davis Jr. .... location manager
Jason Dean .... production assistant
Christopher Downing .... assistant to producer
Stephen J. Eads .... assistant to cast
Kathy Edwards .... post-production accountant
James Ellis .... script supervisor
Gary W. Farrell .... pilot
John Fedynich .... location assistant
Cliff Fleming .... pilot
Cecily Gambrell .... assistant coordinator
Ellen Gannon .... production coordinator
Marisa B. Gunzenhauser .... production secretary
Michael Harrah .... pilot
Ida Lee Henderson .... production accountant
Andy Hernandez .... production assistant
Charlynne J. Hopson .... second unit: location manager
Craig Hosking .... pilot
Sam Hutchins .... assistant location manager
Lauren Keane .... assistant location manager: second unit
Susanne Lariviere .... first assistant accountant
Graham Larson .... assistant: Edward Zwick
Robert A. Levine .... unit publicist
Jennifer Lilly .... production assistant
Lori A. Lopes .... construction accountant
Michael McBrien .... production assistant
Shelby Miller .... production assistant
Meredith Mills-Cavalluzzo .... production assistant (as Meredith Mills)
Tim Monich .... dialect coach
Jeffrey Neumeier .... second assistant accountant
Cristopher Novick .... production assistant
Timothy D. Orr .... helicopter pilot
Wayne Petrucelli .... security coordinator
Jeff 'Doc' Porter .... construction medic
Bill Purple .... production assistant (as William Purple)
Alan D. Purwin .... pilot
Andy Redmond .... technical assistant: Military
Bill Richards .... pilot
Dana Robin .... location manager
Peggy Robinson .... production assistant: New York
Vernon Rodriquez .... parking assistant
Sam Sako .... adr voice
Rick Shuster .... pilot
Darryl A. Smith .... payroll accountant
Laura Michelle Smith .... pilot
Michael Sucsy .... production assistant
Anita Sum .... assistant production coordinator
Dirk Vahle .... aerial co-ordinator
Diane Ward .... production coordinator
Eric Yellin .... key production assistant
Rob Coughlin .... construction utility technician (uncredited)
Thomas Maxwell .... production assistant (uncredited)
Howard Neustadt .... dailies projectionist (uncredited)
Irapaul Turner .... stage manager (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"Martial Law" - Japan (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence, language and brief nudity
Runtime:
116 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:16 (w) | Hungary:16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Philippines:G | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG (original rating) (heavily cut) | Singapore:NC-16 (re-rating) (cut) | Singapore:NC-16 (re-re-rating) | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R

Did You Know?

Trivia:
While negotiating with the bus bombers, Hubbard offers to exchange himself for the hostages. In Ricochet (1991), Denzel Washington's character makes the same offer while negotiating with another criminal holding a woman hostage.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Devereaux speaks on live TV about imposing martial law, he is speaking from New York in broad daylight. Yet, within the same scene, a "live" broadcast of Devereaux's speech is shown on a giant screen from Times Square, also in New York, and yet it is night there.See more »
Quotes:
General William Devereaux:This is the land of opportunity, gentlemen. The opportunity to turn yourselves in.See more »
Soundtrack:
Great Leap ForwardSee more »

FAQ

Who played the man that delivered the pizza bomb (the guy who acted as a decoy)?
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89 out of 100 people found the following review useful.
What if...., 19 June 1999
Author: Dan Grant (dan.grant@bell.ca) from Toronto, Ontario

At first glance, The Siege looks to be a jingoistic, typically heroic American patriot film. But upon further review, and if you honestly give this movie a chance and listen to what it has to say, you'll see that it wants us to listen, it wants us to learn and it wants us to just look at the possibilities of " what if? ".

This is one of the best movies that I have seen in recent years and what kind of stumps me is the negative criticism surrounding the film, not just the complaint of racism ( I'll get into that later ) but about the film in general. And I have come to a conclusion that not everybody will agree with and certainly many will dislike.

The positive reviews that have been in the IMDb have been, at least a great many of them, from people that are nationalities other than American. And perhaps the reason for that is that we can sit back and look at the U.S. from afar and it may be easier for us ( as non Americans ) to understand more clearly what this movie is trying to say. And it may be easier for us ( whatever nationality we happen to be ) to understand what is wrong with America and why a film like this is just trying to give one possible reason for the decay of American society. That is not to say that our own countries don't have problems, because they do, but we can just see what is wrong with America a little easier, we are not blinded by our own patriotism. It may be easier still for perhaps Europeans to appreciate the movie even more than others because maybe their own countries have been under siege at one point or another. And maybe the relevance is that much more prevalent when you have been that close to something.

And what this movie has to say perhaps should not be taken lightly.

Steve Martin's character in " The Grand Canyon " uttered the line " watch the movies, they have all of life's answers. " Perhaps that has never been more true than what this film's message is. And I believe that message is that sooner or later if there is always going to be that one watch dog, that one Big Brother that is known as the United States, then something like this may happen. What if....

I truly believe this movie has been unfairly criticized about it's apparent racist tones. Every time there is a bombing by terrorists that are Arab in heritage, there is always a scene that follows where the Arab leagues lend their support and let the FBI know that they want these criminals brought to justice just as much as anyone does. " They love this country just as much as we do. " Denzel says in one of his speeches to the people in charge. Is it really racism when a movie tries to explore what could happen when one body of government takes matters in their own hands and breaks international law? To me every effort was made to show Arabs as normal, family loving, law abiding, peaceful citizens that they are. A bunch of Arab terrorists does not mean that all Arabs are fanatics that are bent on destroying America. That perception is like believing that all we as Canadians do is play hockey, drink beer and play in the snow.

The movie itself is so well acted and it is so well written that I really can't understand why Washington did not get a nod for best actor. He is mesmerizing. And I think his final confrontation with the general is tense, and brilliant.

Washington plays Hub, a very patriotic, by the book FBI agent that is personally affected by all the chaos that has ensued in his city, and he plays him brilliantly. Bening and Shaloub are also wonderful in their roles and the music in the film is haunting. Willis is a little weak in the film but that is minor in comparison to the rest of the movie.

If you haven't seen this film because of what you have heard, give it a chance, it is well worth it. And try to watch it and listen to what it has to say. You may be surprised. I'm not sure if something like this could ever happen to the US, but it is not out of the realm of possibility.

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