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The Siege (1998)

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

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Edward Zwick

Writers:

Lawrence Wright (story), Lawrence Wright (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Anthony Hubbard
Annette Bening ... Elise Kraft / Sharon Bridger
Bruce Willis ... General William Devereaux
Tony Shalhoub ... Frank Haddad
Sami Bouajila ... Samir Nazhde
Ahmed Ben Larby Ahmed Ben Larby ... Sheik Achmed Bin Talal
Mosleh Mohamed Mosleh Mohamed ... Muezzin
Lianna Pai ... Tina Osu (as Liana Pai)
Mark Valley ... Mike Johanssen
Jack Gwaltney ... Fred Darius
David Proval ... Danny Sussman
Lance Reddick ... FBI Agent Floyd Rose
Jeremy Knaster Jeremy Knaster ... INS Official
William Hill ... INS Uniform
Aasif Mandvi ... Khalil Saleh
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic | Spanish

Release Date:

6 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blowback See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,931,285, 8 November 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$40,981,289

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$116,672,912
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bruce Willis was welcomed to the Pentagon where he received a crash course in briefings and information that, while unclassified, did give him a sense of what General Devereaux would deal with, both in general, and in the event of a major national crisis. See more »

Goofs

General Devereaux mentions the M16-A1 assault rifle when he should have said the M16-A2 See more »

Quotes

[a big discussion is underway about the fight against terrorism in New York City]
Chief of Staff: General?
General William Devereaux: The Army is a broadsword, not a scalpel. Trust me, senator, you do not want the Army in an American city.
Chief of Staff: But hypothetically... how long would it take you to deploy?
General William Devereaux: You know we can't go in until the President invokes the War Powers Act.
Chief of Staff: I understand that, General. Let's assume, for a moment, that the order has been given.
General William Devereaux: Twelve hours after the President gives the order we can be on the ground. One light ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

Some post-2001 versions have the World Trade Center digitally removed from the New York skyline. See more »

Connections

Featured in Light It Up (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Great Leap Forward
Written by Jim Kerr (as James Kerr) and Charlie Burchill (as Charles Burchill)
Performed by Simple Minds
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
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The Siege raised questions that we should have been asking before the tragedy of 9/11.
5 August 2003 | by mlhenry-1See all my reviews

I seem to remember that this film was looked down upon by the Arab Americans. I don't understand that considering the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 and some of the perpetrators who were eventually apprehended. My husband and I found The Siege frighteningly entertaining. Once more Denzel Washington gave a tour-de-force performance. The rest of the cast was excellent. The script was prophetic. The writer understood what might happen if the war on terror resided in New York City. Where is Lawrence Wright now?


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