The Siege (1998)



Critic Consensus: An exciting, well-paced action film.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for violence, language and brief nudity)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Menno Meyjes, Lawrence Wright, Edward Zwick
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 5, 2002
20th Century Fox


Denzel Washington

as Anthony `Hub' Hubbar...
Annette Bening

as Elise Kraft
Bruce Willis

as Gen. William Deverea...
Tony Shalhoub

as Frank Haddad
Sami Bouajila

as Samir Nazdhe
David Proval

as Danny Sussman
Lance Reddick

as Floyd Rose
Mark Valley

as Mike Johanssen
Liana Pai

as Tina Osu
Jack Gwaltney

as Fred Darius
Chip Zien

as Chief of Staff
Victor Slezak

as Col. Hardwick
Will Lyman

as FBI Director
Dakin Matthews

as Sen. Wright
John Rothman

as Congressman Marshall
E. Katherine Kerr

as Attorney General
Jimmie Ray Weeks

as Army General
Aasif Mandvi

as Khalil Salem
Ahmed Ben Larby

as Sheik Ahmed Bin Tala...
Jeremy Knaster

as INS Official
William Hill

as INS Uniform
Frank DiElsi

as Officer Williams
Wood Harris

as Officer Henderson
David Costabile

as Fingerprint Expert
Glenn Kessler

as Fiber Expert
Jeffrey Allen Waid

as Video Agent
Tom McDermott

as Phone Bank Agent
Sherry Ham-Bernard

as Hub's Secretary
Joseph Hodge

as Landlord
Joey Naber

as Rashad
Said Faraj

as Yousuf
Helmi Kassim

as Frank Haddad Jr.
Ghoulam R. Rasoully

as Frank Jr.'s Teacher
Diana Naftal

as Injured Woman
Neal Jones

as NYPD Representative
Donna Hanover

as District Attorney
Peter Schindler

as Johnson, FAA
Hany Kamal

as Arab Spokesman
John Henry Cox

as Speaker of the House
Ray Godshall Jr.

as CIA Director
Chris Messina

as Corporal
Amro Salama

as Tariq Husseini
Jim Shankman

as ACLU Lawyer
Matt Servitto

as Journalist No. 1
Jourdan Fremin

as Journalist No. 2
Anjua Warfield

as March Organizer
Susie Essman

as Protest Speaker
Rory J. Aylward

as Lieutenant
Jeff Beatty

as FBI Agent Undercover
Arianna Huffington

as Capital Week Pundit
Robert Scheer

as Capital Week Pundit
Matt Miller

as Capital Week Pundit
John F. Beard

as Newscaster
Stan Brooks

as Newscaster
Alex Chadwick

as Newscaster
Epi Colon

as Newscaster
Judy de Angelis

as Newscaster
Luis Jim?nez

as Newscaster
Sean Hannity

as Newscaster
Ronald Kuby

as Newscaster
Daniel Schorr

as Newscaster
Curtis Sliwa

as Newscaster
Susan Stamberg

as Newscaster
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Critic Reviews for The Siege

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (19)

It's difficult to sustain a responsible subtext when you're delivering the jolts required to keep butts in the seats.

March 5, 2002
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Even at its most unbelievable, The Siege has the performances of Washington and Bening to fall back on, and a theme that understands that what's difficult is not choosing right from wrong but 'choosing the wrong that's more right.'

Full Review… | March 5, 2002
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The script is too muddled to be remedied by vigorous filmmaking.

Full Review… | March 5, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Typical summer popcorn fare.

Full Review… | March 5, 2002
Top Critic

[Benning] is the only fresh, compelling character in the film.

Full Review… | March 5, 2002
Detroit News
Top Critic

The prejudicial attitudes embodied in the film are insidious, like the anti-Semitism that infected fiction and journalism in the 1930s--not just in Germany, but in Britain and America.

Full Review… | March 5, 2002
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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