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TV-14 | | Crime, Drama, History | TV Mini-Series (2018)
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The FBI and ATF seize religious leader David Koresh's Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas in the spring of 1993.
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Series cast summary:
Michael Shannon ...  Gary Noesner 6 episodes, 2018
Taylor Kitsch ...  David Koresh 6 episodes, 2018
Andrea Riseborough ...  Judy Schneider 6 episodes, 2018
Paul Sparks ...  Steve Schneider 6 episodes, 2018
Rory Culkin ...  David Thibodeau 6 episodes, 2018
Shea Whigham ...  Mitch Decker 6 episodes, 2018
Melissa Benoist ...  Rachel Koresh 6 episodes, 2018
Julia Garner ...  Michele Jones 6 episodes, 2018
Demore Barnes ...  Wayne Martin 6 episodes, 2018
Vivien Lyra Blair ...  Serenity / ... 6 episodes, 2018
J.B. Tuttle ...  Davey Jones 6 episodes, 2018
Duncan Joiner ...  Cyrus 6 episodes, 2018
Camryn Manheim ...  Balenda Thibodeau 5 episodes, 2018
Annika Marks ...  Kathy Schroeder 5 episodes, 2018
Tait Fletcher ...  Brad Branch 5 episodes, 2018
Glenn Fleshler ...  Tony Prince 4 episodes, 2018
Eric Lange ...  Ron Engelman 4 episodes, 2018
Michael Hyland ...  Walter Graves 4 episodes, 2018
Darcel Danielle ...  Sheila Martin 4 episodes, 2018
Cayen Martin ...  Jamie Martin 4 episodes, 2018
Rich Ting ...  Lon Horiuchi / ... 3 episodes, 2018
John Leguizamo ...  Jacob Vazquez 3 episodes, 2018
Christopher Stanley ...  Edward Wiggins 3 episodes, 2018
Andy Umberger ...  Perry Jones 3 episodes, 2018
Stephanie Kurtzuba ...  Carol Noesner 3 episodes, 2018
Blaire Chandler ...  Bonnie Sue Halderman 3 episodes, 2018
Eli Goodman ...  Barry Skinner 3 episodes, 2018
Ryan Jason Cook ...  Derek Ludlow 3 episodes, 2018
Kimberly Kiegel ...  Catherine Matteson 3 episodes, 2018
Kimberly Bigsby ...  Jaydean Wendell 3 episodes, 2018
Kenneth Miller ...  Mike Schroeder 3 episodes, 2018
Steven Culp ...  Peter Hardwick 2 episodes, 2018
Ralph Alderman ...  Sheriff Harwell 2 episodes, 2018
Matthew Page ...  Nate Madrono 2 episodes, 2018
Isabella Corlew Isabella Corlew ...  Leona Wendell 2 episodes, 2018
Ewan Simpson ...  Danny Schroeder 2 episodes, 2018
David Grant Wright ...  Professor Tabor 2 episodes, 2018
Jackamoe Buzzell ...  ATF Agent 2 episodes, 2018


The FBI and ATF seize religious leader David Koresh's Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas in the spring of 1993.

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Based on the true story that shocked the world


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The show consists of six episodes and was created by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle, who wrote and executive produced it as well. See more »


The terrain around Mount Carmel is much too arid and treeless to pass for Central Texas in the spring. This is obvious when vintage footage of the actual raid is shown. The film set was built in the New Mexico desert near Santa Fe. See more »


[from trailer]
David Koresh: You've looked to me to be your leader. To guide you on this journey. But I'm no leader. I'm a follower, just like you. God has instructed me to stay here and wait for His sign. This is our time to prove through suffering that we are worthy of the miracle that's to come. The Kingdom of Heaven is coming, I promise you.
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Intriguing Mini-Series
25 January 2018 | by hmurdock-54742See all my reviews

This mini-series is quite intriguing.

At the very beginning, the scene of the BATF raid bears a very close resemblance to video and photos of the historical incident.

Taylor Kitsch does a very good job in portrayal of Koresh, based on videos of Koresh. Much of the first episode is very well filmed. The two books it is based on, by different men with different perspectives could well be worth reading. The book The Davidian Massacre, by Carol Moore is a good source of information.

As a nitpicker, I could pick on a few issues. While the BATF originally entrapped Randy Weaver in order to blackmail him to become an informant, it was the US Marshals that killed his son, lied to cover it up. The actor that portrays Randy Weaver does not resemble Randy Weaver. Weaver's talks with Col. Bo Gritz, and Officer Jack Mc Lamb went on for quite a while, and eventually did lead to his surrender, and his vindication in court.

This mini-series would also be improved if it provided more background of the Branch Davidian, possibly in flash-backs.

Telling this story in the form of a mini-series is interesting. Viewers can watch one episode, then research the story on their own, and discuss it with others, and then watch the next episode.

I would urge viewers to do that, rather than paying attention to the politically correct trolls. Good people of all political persuasions and religious beliefs agree that law enforcement officers should be required to follow the law, and never be given a free pass if they murder citizens.

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24 January 2018 (USA) See more »

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