The Siege

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.

Genre: Action, Thriller
Production: 20th Century Fox
  2 wins & 4 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.3
Metacritic:
53
Rotten Tomatoes:
44%
R
Year:
1998
116
2,069 Views

[the agents observe and capture Samir]

Agent Frank Haddad:
His name's Samir Nazhde. Teaches Arab Studies at Brooklyn College. He sponsored Ail Waziri's student visa. And dig this - his brother blew up a movie theatre in Tel Aviv.

Elise Kraft:
You might consider leaving him alone.

Anthony 'Hub' Hubbard:
Why would I consider doing that?

Elise Kraft:
Play him like a cop and haul him in now and get your arrest, or tag him and let him lead you to the really big fish.

Agent Frank Haddad:
[curses in Arabic] You're fishing and he's getting visas for bombers.

Elise Kraft:
You ever heard of catch and release?

Agent Frank Haddad:
Yes, and he's on the next plane for Tunis. [Samir is now leaving a cafe]

Anthony 'Hub' Hubbard:
Take him down.

Agent Frank Haddad:
[keys his radio] Go. [Three agents take Samir, and lead them to Hub's car]

Agent Frank Haddad:
Samir Nazhde, my name is Frank Haddad, I'm a Federal Agent. We have reason to believe you are an accessory to the bombing of Bus 87.

Samir Nazhde:
Are you crazy?

Agent Frank Haddad:
You are an associate of Ali Waziri.

Samir Nazhde:
Who? I know no one by that name.

Agent Frank Haddad:
You got him a student visa.

Samir Nazhde:
I sign these applications as a matter of course, hundreds of them. Everyone wants to come to the land of opportunity and Baywatch.

Agent Frank Haddad:
You spent two years in Israeli jails during the Intifada.

Samir Nazhde:
The only ones who didn't were women like you. [Frank backhands Samir across the mouth]

Anthony 'Hub' Hubbard:
Frank...

Agent Frank Haddad:
Sorry, personal matter. [to Samir] You're going downtown, my friend.

Samir Nazhde:
You cannot hold me. I know my rights! I watch American television!

Agent Frank Haddad:
Defrauding the INS is a federal offense. [hands him off to the agents] Reservation for one, please.

[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 infantry division of 10,700 men, elements of the Rapid Deployment Force, Special Forces, Delta, APCs, helicopters, tanks, and of course the ubiquitous M16A1 assault rifle. A humble enough weapon until you see it in the hands of a man outside your local bowling alley or 7-11. It will be noisy. It will be scary, and it will not be mistaken for a VFW parade.

Army General:
I wanna remind you, General Devereaux does not speak for official Army policy. A police function has become accepted as our role in Haiti and Somalia.

General William Devereaux:
Make no mistake. We will hunt down the enemy. We will find the enemy. And we will kill the enemy. No card-carrying member of the ACLU is more deadset against it than I am. Which is why I urge you - I *implore* you - do not consider this as an option.

Chief of Staff:
I know just what the President's going to say: that's exactly why your the only man for the job. [cut to a clip of unseen hands cleansing themselves]

FBI Director:
I'd like to introduce Anthony Hubbard. He's my ASAC on the ground up in Brooklyn. His team was able to take out the first cell within 36 hours of the attack on the #87 Bus. He's also the man who took out the terrorist in that schoolhouse. [This last sentence overlays a clip of the hands assembling an explosive charge] Hub? [Hubbard stands up]

Anthony 'Hub' Hubbard:
The job of the FBI is to - to respond. [the mystery hands turn the key in the ignition of a van] The job of the Army is to defend. With the presence of the Army, our ability to investigate will be seriously inhibited. [the van pulls out of a garage] It will push these criminals further underground. Most importantly, you can't fight a war against an enemy you can't see. [the van makes its way through the streets] I think if we exercise patience and restraint - allow our men and women up in New York to do their job, I think it'll be effective. [long pause; the van is seen coming off the Queensboro Bridge as it enters Manhattan]

Chief of Staff:
Thank you, Agent Hubbard. I, too, think that we should proceed with caution. Some of you may not know Sharon Bridger. Sharon was posted in Iraq as part of our covert operations during the Gulf War. Sharon? [Elise Kraft/Sharon Bridger comes in with several folders]

Sharon Bridger:
Sir, if I may? [She starts passing the folders around, intercut with clips of busy Manhattan streets, and the explosives packed into the back of the van] I'm sure everyone here knows the traditional model of the terrorist network: one cell controls all others. Cut off one head, the body will wither. [Cut to clips of One Federal Plaza; Sharon continues in voice-over] Unfortunately the old wisdom no longer applies. [We see the van make a right turn] The new paradigm is each cell operates independent of the other. Cut off one head, another rises up in its place. [the van cruises slowly down the street] Bus 87 was the work of the first cell, whose remaining elements, we believe, the FBI took down. [the camera pans down the side of One Federal Plaza] This then activated cell #2: [the camera closes in on the van] the theater gala. [Agents Frank Haddad and Danny Sussman leave the building and exchange some words with two agents in the plaza] At the most we believe there are three, possibly four cells.

Chief of Staff:
Well then how much longer until we can take out the last cell? [Long pause; the van speeds up, and jumps the concrete barriers in front of the plaza, on a collision course with the lobby]

Sharon Bridger:
We don't know. [the van crashes through the windows of the lobby. Flash cut to an aerial view over Manhattan. The camera pans down on numerous emergency vehicles in front of the ruins of One Federal Plaza]

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