The Siege Poster

Release Date: 1998

DVD Release Date: April 20th, 1999

R|1 hr 56 min

Plot Summary
After terrorists attack a bus in Brooklyn, a Broadway theater and FBI headquarters, FBI anti-terrorism expert Anthony Hubbard (Denzel Washington) teams up with CIA agent Elise Kraft (Annette Bening) to investigate. Soon, martial law is declared in New York City, and General William Devereaux (Bruce Willis), a sadistic racist, is put in command. When Devereaux begins rounding up Arab-Americans and forcing them into a detention camp, Hubbard and Kraft must fight back in the name of freedom.

Cast: Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, Bruce Willis, Tony Shalhoub, Sami Bouajila, David Proval, Lance Reddick, Mark Valley

Director: Edward Zwick

Genres: Thriller, Drama

Production Co: 20th Century Fox, Bedford Falls Productions

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The Siege is not a documentary but a glossy Hollywood entertainment that is prey to all the exaggerations, simplifications and acting histrionics that come with the genre. show more

  • It's a thinking person's thriller, where pyrotechnics give way to plot, character development supplants fight scenes, and adrenaline does not short-circuit intelligence. show more

  • In its clumsy way, it throws in comments now and then to show it knows the difference between Arab terrorists and American citizens. show more

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