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Under Siege

Under Siege

3.8 4
Director: Andrew Davis

Cast: Steven Seagal, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Busey


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Andrew Davis directed this exciting thriller starring Steven Seagal, sans ponytail, and featuring electric, over-the-top performances by Gary Busey and Tommy Lee Jones. This action saga takes place on the battleship USS Missouri, about to be decommissioned from service after a visit from George Bush. When Bush departs the vessel, a band of terrorists overcome the


Andrew Davis directed this exciting thriller starring Steven Seagal, sans ponytail, and featuring electric, over-the-top performances by Gary Busey and Tommy Lee Jones. This action saga takes place on the battleship USS Missouri, about to be decommissioned from service after a visit from George Bush. When Bush departs the vessel, a band of terrorists overcome the remaining skeleton crew and take over the ship, under the ruse of holding a surprise birthday party for the ship's commander, Captain Adams (Patrick O'Neal). The band is led by Strannix (Jones), a disgruntled ex-CIA operative, and his right-hand man, the psychotic Krill (Busey). The terrorists plan to steal the ship's store of nuclear warheads, transfer them to a stolen North Korean submarine, and sell them to a Middle Eastern country. Unfortunately for Strannix, he has overlooked the ship's cook, Casey Ryback (Seagal). Ryback is a much-honored Navy SEAL who, because of a minor scandal, is quietly completing his twenty-year tour in the galley of the Missouri. Forced into action, Ryback, along with the woman who jumped out of Captain Adams' birthday cake (Erika Eleniak), knocks off the bad guys one-by-one while crawling inside the bowels of the ship.

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All Movie Guide
In the pantheon of action heroes of the 1990s, Steven Seagal ranks a notch below Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis, but this 1992 vehicle did manage to knock Die Hard 2 for a loop. Seagal's stone-faced, emotionless character is a freelance do-gooder who has to save the crew of a battleship from a couple of nuclear terrorists who are threatening to -- guess what? -- blow up the world. While Seagal delivers plenty of brute force, villains played by Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Busey provided much-needed acting talent for this predictable story that delivered a big box-office impact. Director Andrew Davis faithfully packaged suspense and the requisite action scenes in a film that added to Seagal's growing reputation. Three years later, Seagal's character made a return, with the setting changed to a train, in a sequel entitled Under Siege 2: Dark Territory.

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Performance Credits
Steven Seagal Casey Ryback
Tommy Lee Jones William Strannix
Gary Busey Commander Krill
Erika Eleniak Jordan Tate
Patrick O'Neal Captain Adams
Nick Mancuso Tom Breaker
Andy Romano Admiral Bates
Leo Alexzander Lieutenant Smart
Pamela Basker Actor
Bernie Casey Commander Harris
E. Daniel Corte CIA Aide
Ousuan Elam Marine
David Y. Hodges Bridge Watchman
John Rottger Commander Green
Wendell Wayne Stewart "The Bail Jumpers"
Michael Weldon Lieutenant Ballard
Damian Chapa Tackman
Troy Evans Granger
David McKnight Flicker
Lee Hinton Cue Ball
Glenn Morshower Ensign Taylor
Brad Rea Marine Guard
Rickey Pierre Kitchen Helper
Ray Cruz Ramirez
Duane Davis Johnson
Colm Meaney Doumer
Eddie Bo Smith Shadow
Richard Jones Pitt
Tom Reynolds Wave
Tom Muzila Cates
Kirk Burroughs Commando
Jim Chimento Commando
Craig Dunn Commando
Daniel Dupont Commando
Frank Ferera Commando
Adam James Commando
Michael James Commando
Miguel Nino Commando
David Webster Commando
Gene Barge "The Bail Jumpers"
Anthony G. Brown "The Bail Jumpers"
Hiram Bullock "The Bail Jumpers"
Christopher Alan Cameron "The Bail Jumpers"
Richard Davis "The Bail Jumpers"
Tad Robinson "The Bail Jumpers"
Tom Wood Private Nash
Jerone Wiggins Sammy Lee
Joseph Kosala Engine Room Watch Officer
Richard Piemonte Marine
Daniel Friedman Spoon
Gregory G. Stump Bridge Officer
Bruce Bozzi F-18 Pilot
Craig Pinkard Submariner
Sandy Ward Calaway
Conrad Palmisano Strike Team Leader
Luis J. Silva Luigi
Michael Des Barres Domiani
Nate Robinson Ship's Doctor
Gary Gardner Marine
Drucilla A. Carlson Captain Spellman
Ralph Wesley Carey Naval Aide
Joseph R. John Chief of Staff
Dennis Lipscomb Trenton
Robert Nichols Colonel Sarnac
George Cheung Commando
Dale Dye Captain Garza

Technical Credits
Andrew Davis Director
Pamela Basker Casting
Jack B. Bernstein Co-producer
Don Brochu Editor
Richard Bruno Costumes/Costume Designer
Gary Chang Score Composer
Robert A. Ferretti Editor
Rick T. Gentz Set Decoration/Design
Gary W. Goldstein Executive Producer
Rick Hart Sound/Sound Designer
William Hiney Art Director
Dov Hoenig Editor
Kane Hodder Stunts
Bill Kenney Production Designer
J.F. Lawton Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Peter Macgregor-Scott Co-producer
Al Manzer Set Decoration/Design
Arnon Milchan Producer
Don Mitchell Sound/Sound Designer
Frank A. Montaño Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Rae Screenwriter
Steven E. Reuther Producer
Steven Seagal Producer
Frank Tidy Cinematographer
Dennis Virkler Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Under Siege
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
17. Chapter 17
18. Chapter 18
19. Chapter 19
20. Chapter 20
21. Chapter 21
22. Chapter 22
23. Chapter 23
24. Chapter 24
25. Chapter 25
26. Chapter 26
27. Chapter 27
28. Chapter 28
29. Chapter 29


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Under Siege 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite 4 months ago
This wasn't that bad. Some of the acting while over the top was kind of fun. Especially Tommy Lee Jones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some action movies have memorable characters, a plot, and reflect some social/political issues. Others truly are nothing but action. Under Siege falls into the 2nd category. Anyone looking for character development, a story that makes any sense, or any kind moral - don't watch this. Anyone wanting to enjoy knife fighting, bullets, explosions and hand to hand combat, involving Steven Seagal, Gary Busey, Tommy Lee Jones, Patrick O'Neal, and the Beautiful Erika Eleniak. This works.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Who is better, Bussey or Nolte. That question is answered in this non-stop action ride. Seagal plays a Navy chef who dodges bullets, hooks and punches throughout the movie and still manages to hang on to that classy pony tail. I can say honestly that this movie is one of the major reasons I enlisted in the Navy just yesterday.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lemme just say that I'm glad the below reviewer has decided to serve his country, but I think he should watch the film again because Nick Nolte is not in this film and Seagal doesn't have a ponytail either. In fact, when he got it cut off, he was in the WB parking lot and someone stole it after he set it down on his car. This is one of Seagal's best films and really put him on the map. It helped him move from playing cop roles to secret agent and special forces soldiers roles instead. The knife fight between him and Tommy Lee Jones is certainly one of the best caught on film, at least until Jones had to outdo himself with Benicio Del Toro in The Hunted. Erike Eleniak was nice eye candy too.