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The Siege at Ruby Ridge (1996)

A mini-series dramatization of the controversial 1992 attack by federal agents on the Idaho home of Randy Weaver, a white seperatist. The ten-day siege, begun over a minor gun charge, ... See full summary »

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Roger Young

Writers:

Lionel Chetwynd, Jess Walter (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Dern ... Vicki Weaver
Randy Quaid ... Randy Weaver
Kirsten Dunst ... Sara Weaver
Darren E. Burrows ... Kevin Harris
G.W. Bailey ... Ralph Coulter
Bradley Pierce ... Sammy Weaver
Gary Graham ... Brian Jackson
August Schellenberg ... Indian
Diane Ladd ... Irma Coulter
Tracy Griffith ... Gwen Coulter
Nicholas Pryor ... Bert Yeager
Hal Landon Jr. ... George Millins
Charlie Holliday ... Matthew Duncan (as Charlie Holiday)
Preston Maybank Preston Maybank ... Don Crawford
Chris Currie Chris Currie ... Harry Adams (as Chris Curry)
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A mini-series dramatization of the controversial 1992 attack by federal agents on the Idaho home of Randy Weaver, a white seperatist. The ten-day siege, begun over a minor gun charge, resulted in the deaths of Weaver's son, wife and dog, and a U.S. Marshall. The incident caused major public outcry against the FBI and U.S. Marshals. Written by Jonathan D. H. Parshall <parshall@citcom.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Every Knee Shall Bow: The Siege at Ruby Ridge See more »

Filming Locations:

Chico, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

While filming a scene of running through a door, the rifle Laura Dern was carrying hit her in the face. She subsequently had to wear a neckbrace. See more »

Quotes

Sara Weaver: [to the cop arresting her] You can't even look at my face, can you?
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Referenced in The Secret Rulers of the World (2001) See more »

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It was the most off based, misconstrued depiction of an actual event I've ever seen.
19 October 2003 | by mocopperheadSee all my reviews

Lionel Chetwynd's creative writing about this supposedly "True Story" is rivaled only by Stephen King. Of course the American public knows only what the mainstream news spouts and what is portrayed in this "Van Gogh" of TV Docu-Dramas. Therefore, they don't know the difference between the facts about Randy Weaver and the Ruby Ridge incident, and what some establishment based writer, director and producer want us to believe. Of course the network that "Seige At Ruby Ridge" aired on, wanted the public to see ONLY what they're newscasts portrayed. Not necessarily the actual TRUE events that really happened. I would suggest reading Randy Weaver's own account of what he and his family were put through at the hands of over zealous Government Agents in his book. According to people who were actually at Ruby Ridge, the only similarities between the TV movie and what really happened was that the names of the characters were spelled correctly. Of course the main story line was somewhat factual. However, any more than Randy Quaid having the same first name as Randy Weaver leaves it very loose on the facts. Therein, all of the actors and actress' should have done their own research about the character they were to play. I've met and talked personally with Randy Weaver and found him to be NOTHING like he was portrayed by Mr. Quaid. I wouldn't mind having THE REAL Randy Weaver as my neighbor anywhere, anytime. They can keep the racist nutball they tried to make him out to be.


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