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In the Line of Duty: Ambush in Waco (1993)

Religious fanatics are barricaded in a building, and surrounded by police. But they're not going to surrender, they prefer to die.

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Dick Lowry
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Daly ... David Koresh
William O'Leary ... Adrian
Neal McDonough ... Jason
Lewis Smith ... Robert Williams
Marley Shelton ... Laura (as Marlee Shelton)
Jeri Ryan ... Rebecca (as Jeri Lynn Ryan)
Stephen Mailer
Debra Jo Rupp ... Dorrie
Clu Gulager ... McLennan County Sheriff
Gordon Clapp ... Glenn
Richard McGonagle
Susanna Thompson ... Meg
Heather McAdam ... Michelle
Kris Kamm
Dan Lauria ... Bob Blanchard
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Religious fanatics are barricaded in a building, and surrounded by police. But they're not going to surrender, they prefer to die.

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Self-proclaimed prophet David Koresh seduced his followers See more »

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Rated R for graphic depiction of a shootout | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In the Line of Duty: Ambush in Waco See more »

Filming Locations:

Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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A true piece of trash!
26 June 2002 | by JimHammondSee all my reviews

If you want to know the truth about what really happened in Waco, TX between February 28th, 1993 and April 19th, 1993, this IS NOT the film to see. The writers claimed at the movie's beginning that this film was a result of "extensive research" concerning what happened, yet there is hardly any truth in nearly every scene in this film. It not only is a villification of David Koresh and the Branch Davidians but also a portrayal of the AFT as "brave heroes" who risked their lives so as to protect society from these dangerous lunatics. It fails to mention the point that the only reason that the AFT made the raid in the first place was because they had budget hearings pending and they needed a good publicity coup for those hearings.

The only error this film makes concerning the February 28th raid that is worth mentioning here is the fact that it omits the role of the helicopters in the raid. Anyone who has studied the facts of the raid knows that it was the helicopters who fired the first shots when they straffed the building. It was also one of the helicopters that, when making a straffing pass over the building, fired the shots the killed Peter Gent as he was climbing from out of the water tower. In this film, the Davidians (including some late-middle aged women) are shown to ambush the AFT as they approached the front door. It was too bad that millions of people formed their opinion concerning Koresh, his followers and the entire Waco incident from this piece of trash.

If someone really wants to know the truth of both Koresh and his followers and the entire incident from beginning to end, the best references are the books "The Ashes of Waco: An Investigation" by Dick J. Reavis and "A Place Called Waco" by David Thibodeau. Also, the video "Waco: The Rules of Engagement" is a excellent piece of documentary film making.


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