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The Siege

DOWN & DIRTY:
Drama: As terrorist attacks cripple New York City, an FBI agent, a CIA operative, and a military general try to find and stop the terrorists.

NITTY GRITTY:
After the U.S. military secretly kidnaps an Arab sheik in a Middle Eastern desert, terrorist attacks begin sprouting up in Brooklyn. Anthony Hubbard (DENZEL WASHINGTON), the head of the joint FBI/NYPD terrorism task force, along with partner Frank Haddad (TONY SHALHOUB), immediately step into action.

Hubbard learns that Elise Kraft (ANNETTE BENING), a CIA operative, is snooping around a bus destroyed in a recent attack. Her presence immediately arouses his suspicions. Knowing that she's out of her jurisdiction, Hubbard detains her, but soon realizes her knowledge of American/Arab relations will prove helpful since the terrorists appear to be part of some militant Arab group.

More terrorist attacks occur and despite Hubbard's discovery of several militant "cells," the President enacts the War Powers Act. This declares martial law and puts the Brooklyn in the hands of General William Devereaux (BRUCE WILLIS). Deveraux is prepared to take whatever steps necessary to solve the problem and immediately deploys his forces.

Hubbard is distrustful of Kraft, who turns out to know more and be much different than she initially appears, along with having an association with Samir Nazhde (SAMI BOUAJILA), an Arab national who might possibly be involved in the attacks.

He also disagrees with Devereaux's militant and often barbaric solution to the problem.

THE ENDING:
Hubbard follows Elise and Samir to a bathhouse. Turns out Samir was a CIA operative working with Elise, but he now double crosses her and straps on a bomb to detonate in the crowd outside. Elise tries to stop him and Hubbard shows up. Samir grabs Elise as a shield, but she pulls away and Samir shoots her. Hubbard and his partner Frank shoot and kill Samir. Elise dies in the bathhouse.

Hubbard confronts General Deveraux. He pulls out court papers ordering the Army to release the Arab-Americans being detained in the stadium. Deveraux refuses and Hubbard arrests him. Deveraux orders his men to stand ready to fire. Several FBI agents surround the military men and Deveraux changes his mind and surrenders.

WHAT EVERYONE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT:
Was this a fictional work or a PBS documentary?


 
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