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This documentary about the 1993 showdown between the FBI and the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas, presents an alternate theory about the tragedy. The government has long contended that this fringe Christian group was a danger, and that the siege on its compound, which resulted in the death of 70 people, was necessary. Director William Gazecki, using footage from the siege and the Congressional hearings that followed it, asserts that American forces may have attacked a peaceful religious group.

Cast & Crew

Clive Doyle
Himself (Branch Davidian) (also archive footage)
Jack Harwell
Self
Dick J. Reavis
Himself (author) (also archive footage)
Sonny Bono
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Graeme Craddock
Himself (Branch Davidian) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dudley Goff
Himself (Branch Davidian spokesman) (archive footage) (uncredited)
David Koresh
Himself (Branch Davidian leader) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dan Gifford
Executive Producer
David Hamilton
Original Music
William Gazecki
Cinematographer
Rick Nyburg
Cinematographer
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Critic Reviews for Waco: The Rules of Engagement

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (2)

Audience Reviews for Waco: The Rules of Engagement

  • Dec 24, 2012
    The raw footage is phenomenal. One of the most detailed chronicles of a police raid ever captured. Questioned who the most dangerous presence was on that fateful day - the cult leaders or the FBI.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 27, 2010
    David Koresh was no doubt a crazy individual who most likely did engage in sex with underage girls, however it is clear that the FBI and the ATF grossly overstepped their bounds and covered-up a massive cluster-fuck that led to the deaths of nearly all the Branch Davidians (many of them innocent children). The film will make you so angry at the federal government and the media.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2009
    A horrific look at the Feds' wanton destruction and violation of its own citizen's rights. Intolerance, revenge, deceit, military zealotry and poor management all factor into the events that occurred on those days in 1993. The Davidians believed the apocalypse was inevitable, the ATF; in their shortsighted recklessness, gave them just that. Watch in amazement as the bureaucratic food chain cover their collective asses with a never-ending series of lies and cover-ups. Keep on the lookout for a cameo appearance by our VP Mr. Biden who denies government responsibility. Hooray! What makes this truly powerful as a documentary, however, is in the fact that there are good people out there. People who are not sheep, people who have a conscience and operate on a plane beyond the chain of command. Good folks who can stand up and object, not just fall over like dominos with a powder keg waiting at the end. Also, to the other reviewers here that keep mentioning mass suicide: you're confusing this with the Jonestown massacre. The Branch Davidians were not a suicide cult. It was deaths of innocents triggered by ATF actions. .
    Brett W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 12, 2008
    This is an early US cover up conspiracy doc. Another perfect example of how the US manipulated the public to believe the 93' cult mass suicide. Sure David Koresh was crazy, but he and his followers didn't deserve to die like they did. Let the truth be know.
    Wu C Super Reviewer

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