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The Siege

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Overview

Edward Zwick directed this action thriller about Islamic militants unleashing terrorism in New York City. As FBI Terrorism Task Force-chief Anthony Hubbard Denzel Washington investigates, a false-alarm bomb threat is followed by a legit bomb, with many killed when a Brooklyn bus explodes. Agents track a suspect through Brooklyn, while Hub teams with Middle East expert and NSA operative Elise Kraft Annette Bening. After the FBI wipes out three Arabs in a Brooklyn apartment, an explosion in a Broadway theater is ...
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Overview

Edward Zwick directed this action thriller about Islamic militants unleashing terrorism in New York City. As FBI Terrorism Task Force-chief Anthony Hubbard Denzel Washington investigates, a false-alarm bomb threat is followed by a legit bomb, with many killed when a Brooklyn bus explodes. Agents track a suspect through Brooklyn, while Hub teams with Middle East expert and NSA operative Elise Kraft Annette Bening. After the FBI wipes out three Arabs in a Brooklyn apartment, an explosion in a Broadway theater is followed by attacks on a school and FBI headquarters. When the President declares martial law, neo-fascist Army General William Devereaux Bruce Willis swings into action, deploying tanks through Brooklyn, capturing Arab-American males, and herding them into an open-air stadium detention camp. Hub's Arab-American FBI associate Frank Haddad Tony Shalhoub is disgusted and quits when his son becomes one of the Arab detainees. With the Army out of control, the power-crazed Devereaux devises plans for torture and murder, turning his attention to Hub and Elise. President Bill Clinton is seen denouncing terrorists in TV clips.
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Special Features

Audio commentary by producer/director Edward Zwick and executive producer Peter Schindler; The Siege: Takin New York featurette; Martial Law: Freedom is History featurette; The Making of The Siege featurette; Original theatrical trailers
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
This terrorist thriller from director Ed Zwick was underrated upon its initial release, but only a few years later, the film seemed simultaneously prescient and quaint given subsequent real-life events. The idea of a story about Islamic fundamentalists viciously attacking the citizens of New York City certainly wasn't a wild and crazy concept before the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center. However, the film's depiction of several smaller-scale bombings pales in comparison to the real and horrific genuine article. That doesn't make Zwick's a bad film, and indeed, there are some fascinating tidbits of information about the attitudes, backgrounds, and history of Islamic extremists to be gleaned here. Not only that, but Zwick proves an able hand at keeping a brisk pace and screenwriter Lawrence Wright crafts some gripping, suspenseful scenes. Denzel Washington delivers a typically adroit performance as a conflicted but tough and smart FBI agent, while Bruce Willis is at his coolly pained best in the role of an ambitious general who's mastered the art of political manipulation. Annette Bening is the spot-on choice for the role of an intelligent, competent woman who's somehow duped by her own errant gut instincts, while reliable character actor Tony Shalhoub proves again that he can do nearly anything. The Siege (1998) is probably going to be a difficult, painful film for a post-2001 audience to view, but it will stand for years to come as both a sturdy, effective action-drama and a poignant example of what Hollywood saw as a "worst case scenario" before history proved the film's creators naïvely incorrect.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2007
  • UPC: 024543433033
  • Original Release: 1998
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Español, Français
  • Time: 1:56:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Denzel Washington Anthony Hubbard
Annette Bening Elise Kraft/Sharon Bridger
Bruce Willis William Devereaux
Tony Shalhoub Frank Haddad
Mark Valley FBI Agent Mike Johanssen
Sami Bouajila
David Proval
Technical Credits
Edward Zwick Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Roger Deakins Cinematographer
Lilly Kilvert Production Designer
Menno Meyjes Screenwriter
Lynda Obst Producer
Graeme Revell Score Composer
Steven Rosenblum Editor
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Schindler Executive Producer
Chris Shriver Art Director
Lawrence Wright Original Story, Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Siege Martial Law Edition
1. The Taking of a Terrorist (Main Title) [:24]
2. Code Blue [4:06]
3. The CIA's Interest [3:07]
4. Follow the Money [1:23]
5. Sharing With the CIA [1:04]
6. The Real Deal [5:08]
7. Negotiations [2:23]
8. Turn the Heat Up [:57]
9. The Student Terrorist [2:45]
10. Commitment Wins [4:04]
11. The Guy in the Picture [:46]
12. Secret Lovers [5:16]
13. The General [1:55]
14. The Terrorist Cell [1:56]
15. The End of the Crisis [4:43]
16. Bodies Everywhere [1:19]
17. City of Fear [2:31]
18. The Terrorist in the Schoolhouse [2:24]
19. A Plan of Attack [3:20]
20. 600 Dead [:17]
21. Questionable Contact [3:43]
22. A Time of War [1:40]
23. The Siege [1:31]
24. Lamb to the Slaughter [1:06]
25. Code Red [2:44]
26. Prisoners of War [3:47]
27. Time to Suffer [:03]
28. They've Already Won [3:19]
29. The One Who Taught Them [2:28]
30. It's Still Our Watch... [2:17]
31. The Last Cell [3:12]
32. The Next Target [3:19]
33. The Terrorist Within [2:26]
34. Prayers for the Dying [2:57]
35. It's All Over... [:14]
36. End Titles [1:41]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Siege Martial Law Edition
   Play
   Language Selection
      English 5.1 Dolby Surround
      Spanish Dolby Surround
      French Dolby Surround
      Commentary by Producer/Director Edward Zwick and Executive Producer Peter Schindler
      English
      Spanish
      None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary by Producer/Director Edward Zwick and Executive Producer Peter Schindler On Off
      The Siege: Taking New York
      The Siege: Freedom is History
      The Making of The Siege
      Trailers
         Theatrical Trailer #1
         Theatrical Trailer #2
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Effects of Cinematic Media: Reaction

    Watching the 1998 THE SIEGE in 2007 and then rolling through all the reviews of this film from the time of release to the present is a lesson in the power of the cinema. The obvious initial response was less about the film as a film than about the manner in which the FBI, CIA, Military, Terrorists, and public responded to the unimaginable: shouts of protests about 'glorification of occult terrorists', the Hollywood idea of the impossible happening, and the criticism of the fine cast of actors who steeped into roles 'beyond swallowing' are all here in these reviews. Now, six years after 9/11 reviewers are taking a different view, though most still find the film pompous and obnoxious. Offensive versus defensive. And after viewing the movie as a movie it is gratifying to know that people feel strongly and are vocal about the depiction of the 'war against terrorism' we continue to lose. Movies that make people think and talk are valuable, and in that light the film is more successful than initially considered. Yes, there are gaping holes in the script and the plot and the concept, but as a little thriller it maintains our attention throughout and offers some fine moments from actors such as Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, Tony Shalhoub, Bruce Willis, Sami Bouajila, Ahmed Ben Larby, Aasif Mandvi among others. And then there are the panoramas of New York City under siege with the Twin Towers standing mightily in the cityscape... It begs the question: if scriptwriter Lawrence Wright and director Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai, Courage Under Fire, Glory, Leaving Normal, Legends of the Fall, etc) were thinking along these lines and finding flaws in our intelligence forces, why weren't the leaders in Washington, DC in tune with 'absurd possibilities'? It makes one think - and that is the best thing about this film. Grady Harp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome movie, almost prophetic!!

    I watched this movie in a politics class and it was an awesome movie! It starts out with a mysterious ''bombing'' of a bus in NYC by a group of Muslim militants, and from then on more bombings happen with deadly results. Denzel Washington's character is desperately trying to discover where the terrorist cells are located, aided by the mysterious Elise and the rest of the FBI. I was absolutely shocked when I learned who headed the last terorrist cell - you probably will be too! It's also almost strange, because the movie was made in 1998 and it dealt with terrorist attacks in NYC by Muslim radicals, and we all know what happened on September 11th. Fortunately things did not go this far! Great movie, 5 stars!

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