The Siege is a 1998 thriller directed by Edward Zwick and stars Denzel Washington as FBI Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Anthony 'Hub' Hubbard, who along with his fellow agents are charged with stopping a continuing series of terrorist attacks that have crippled the city of New York. The film is notable for its depiction of the American reaction to such a terrorist attack on US soil. Though the film was poorly received at the time of its release, it was later regarded as prescient following the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The cast included Annette Bening, Tony Shalhoub, and Bruce Willis, and the film was co-written by Lawrence Wright, who is now better-known as the author of the book The Looming Tower.
The following weapons were used in the film The Siege:
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The main protagonist of the film, FBI ASAC (Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge) Anthony 'Hub' Hubbard (Denzel Washington) and several of his fellow FBI agents carry SIG-Sauer P226 pistols as their standard sidearms.
A publicity photograph of Hub aiming his SIG-Sauer P226 (this is from the climax of the film).
ASAC Anthony 'Hub' Hubbard (Denzel Washington
) talks to the other agents with his SIG P226 in his holster.
Hub gets into firing stance and fires upon the hostage taker at the school with his P226.
Hub after killing the hostage-taker in the school with his SIG-Sauer P226
"I'm not joking. Put the phone down, put your hands up."
Hub shows his badge and his SIG to Tariq Husseini (Amro Salama) during the raid on the Redhook chop shop.
FBI Special Agent Frank Haddad (Tony Shalhoub
) draws his own SIG P226 as they capture the Army intelligence officers spying on the FBI.
Agent Haddad holds his P226 on the army officers.
The NYPD officers throughout the movie carry Glock 17 pistols as their sidearms. Some of the FBI and CIA agents also use them.
Glock 17 2nd Generation - 9x19mm
An NYPD officer with a Glock 17
during during the incident on MTA Bus #5287.
An FBI agent points a Glock 17 at a soldier during the climax.
One weapon used by the Army during their occupation is the Beretta 92FS pistol (standing in for the military M9). One soldier can be seen holding one on Hubbard's decoy, and another is presumably the weapon General Deveraux uses to kill Tariq Husseini (Amro Salama). Also, it's difficult to tell (because of the light), but it appears that the terrorist in the safehouse who collects the pizza box (with flash-bang) also has a Beretta lying on the table.
A soldier wields his Beretta 92FS
as he detains Hub's decoy.
A soldier points his Beretta at an FBI agent at the climax.
The gun on the table in the safehouse appears to be a Beretta.
Smith & Wesson 5904
In the climax of the film, one of the FBI Agents appears to be carrying a Smith & Wesson 5904.
Late Model Smith & Wesson 5904 - 9x19mm
An FBI Agent (circled) holds what appears to be a S&W 5904 in the climax of the film.
During the standoff at the bath house, Samir Nazhde (Sami Bouajila) holds Sharon Bridger (Annette Bening) at gunpoint using a Ruger KP94 pistol.
Ruger KP94DC (decocker model) 9x19mm
Samir holds his Ruger KP94 (with normal safety) on Elise Kraft/Sharon Bridger.
A closer view of the KP94 as Samir holds it on Sharon (Annette Bening
Both the FBI agents and many NYPD officers are seen carrying Remington 870 shotguns fitted with top-folding stocks. One of these shotguns is wielded by Agent Frank Haddad (Tony Shalhoub) during the hostage situation at the school.
Remington 870 w/ folding stock - 12 Gauge
FBI HRT agents advance up the stairs towards an apartment being used by the terrorists at a safehouse; the officer on point has a Remington 870
with a folding stock. Note that this shot was reused in the film Light It Up
An NYPD officer behind Elise Kraft (Annette Bening
) during the schoolhouse incident is armed with another Remington 870 folder.
Agent Haddad with an 870 as he and Agent Danny Sussman (David Proval
) run into the school classroom after Hub takes down the terrorist.
Another weapon wielded by many of the FBI Agents is the Ithaca 37 riot model. Special Agent Frank Haddad (Tony Shalhoub) carries one of these shotguns during the raid on the CIA safehouse.
Ithaca Model 37 - 12 Gauge
FBI Special Agent Fred Darius (Jack Gwaltney
) gets out of the car with an Ithaca 37.
Darius points his Ithaca at a car containing CIA operatives.
Agent Haddad charges up the door to the safehouse with his Ithaca in hand, and takes the men inside by surprise.
Mossberg 500 Cruiser
What appears to be a Mossberg 500 Cruiser is wielded by one of the plainclothes FBI agents conducting the raid on the Redhook chop shop.
Mossberg 500 Cruiser - 12 Gauge
An FBI Agent at the chop shop brings a Mossberg 500 to bear.
Colt 9mm SMG (RO635)
During the opening scene in which a team of American black ops soldiers capture the Sheik, they use Colt 9mm Submachine Guns (RO635s) which appear to be fitted with C-More sights. For some reason, the Colt SMGs sound suppressed when they are fired, even though they clearly do not have sound suppressors attached.
Colt SMG (RO635) - 9x19mm
One soldier passes his comrade a Colt 9mm SMG so that they can take down the Sheik's bodyguards
The other soldier accepts the weapon (the long, stick-like magazine in this shot establishes clearly that the weapon is a Colt 9mm SMG).
Heckler & Koch MP5A3
During both bus incidents, officers of the NYPD's Emergency Services Unit can be seen carrying Heckler & Koch MP5A3 submachine guns fitted with Surefire forend weaponlights, as per norm with SWAT-issue MP5s. FBI tactical agents can also be seen carrying MP5A3s fitted with laser pointers and red dot sights during the raid on the terrorist safehouse.
Curiously, the FBI's MP5A3s have the "Navy"-style lower receivers and Surefire forearms when they are advancing up the stairs, but when they enter the terrorists' apartment and begin firing at them, the MP5s suddenly have the older-style SEF lower receivers and lack the Surefire forearms. It is likely that the MP5s used prior to entry are airsoft replicas.
Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with Navy trigger group and Surefire dedicated forend weaponlight - 9x19mm
FBI tactical agents advance up the stairs to the terrorist safehouse with their MP5A3s at the ready. The officer on point has a Remington 870
Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with "tropical" (wide) forearm and S-E-F trigger group - 9x19mm
A SWAT agent opens fire upon the terrorists. Notice that with the one on the left, his MP5 is now missing the Surefire grip, and it also has an SEF rather than a Navy lower receiver. It seems he changed weapons at some point...or, it's just a continuity error.
The FBI tac agents at ease after clearing the apartment.
Heckler & Koch HK94A3 (mocked-up as MP5A3)
At least one of the MP5A3 submachine guns used by the FBI tactical agents during the safehouse raid is actually a Heckler & Koch HK94A3 carbine mocked up as an MP5A3 (judging by the all-metal lower receiver and lack of barrel lugs).
A Heckler & Koch HK94A3 converted to a resemble an MP5A3, with a chopped barrel and converted to automatic, with a third firing position added to the lower receiver. This may be one of the actual screen-used guns from Air Force One
FBI tactical agents fire upon the terrorists. The operator on the right has what appears to be a 'chopped and converted' HK94A3, noted by the the all-metal lower and non-lugged barrel (Especially noticeable with the image enlarged to full resolution).
During the hostage situation at the schoolhouse, the terrorist holding hostages can be seen wielding an Uzi as he paces about. Despite having the responding police and FBI personnel out-gunned, he's still easily taken down when Hubbard catches him off guard. One of the terrorists in the safehouse raid is also seen using an Uzi. This is a slight cultural irony, as the Uzi is primarily produced in Israel, and is being used by Arab terrorists.
One of the terrorists at the safehouse dives under the couch to retrieve his Uzi
The terrorist fires his Uzi at FBI SWAT agents before being gunned down.
The schoolhouse terrorist with his Uzi
(as seen on a video monitor).
The schoolhouse terrorist lies dead with his Uzi at his side. This one is quite obviously a rubber stunt version used for the drop scenes (as can be discerned by the filled-in front sight).
Rifles / Carbines
During the Bus 87 incident, NYPD ESU snipers are briefly seen getting into position with Savage 10FP sniper rifles fitted with Harris bipods.
Savage 10FP with Harris bipod - 7.62x51mm NATO
The snipers get into position with their Savage 10FP rifles.
A sniper aims his Savage 10FP.
Another sniper aims his Savage 10FP at the bus.
When the FBI tactical team raids the terrorist safehouse, one of the terrorists engages the FBI in a shootout using an AKM, though is inevitably taken down, shooting blindly and so rapidly that he hits one of his own comrades who gets in the line of fire. As with most of the AKMs used in Hollywood, this is most likely to be a full-auto conversion of an Egyptian-made Maadi ARM.
The second terrorist in the safehouse brings up an AKM to fire upon the FBI tactical team.
As the terrorist blind-fires at the SWAT agents, he hits a comrade who is in his line of fire.
The terrorist continues to fire his AKM without watching where he's aiming.
The M16A2 assault rifle features prominently in the movie; almost every soldier involved in the occupation of Brooklyn is seen carrying one. A notable point in the film is that when Major General William Deveraux (Bruce Willis) is describing what the occupation will entail, he distinctly mentions the "M16A1 assault rifle", though the U.S. military had switched to the M16A2 years prior to the events in the film, and indeed the M16A2s are by far the most common rifles in the movie. It is also possible that many of the prop weapons used in the movie are semi-automatic AR-15A2s, standing in for the M16A2 (since they're never fired).
U.S. soldiers rounding up Arab boys for transfer to the internment camps with M16A2 rifles.
An American soldier confronts a protester with his M16A2.
A veiled woman watches soldiers detaining suspects, while a soldier holds an M16A2 in the foreground.
A soldier shoves a detainee towards transport while holding his M16A2.
A young soldier with his M16A2
during the final standoff. For some reason, he is wearing the Desert Combat Uniform and PASGT gear even though the environment does not warrant the use of this camouflage scheme.
Another young American soldier with an M16A2 in the climax. This one is wearing the correct woodland camo uniform.
MGC M16 Replica
It appears that some MGC M16 replica assault rifles are used by the U.S. Army soldiers in the movie. Some may be modified to look like M16A2s by adding A2-style handguards and A1-style birdcage flash hiders, but it's hard to tell.
The soldier in the center appears to be carrying an MGC M16 replica (this weapon was previously misidentified as an M16A1, but it is more likely an MGC replica).
Throughout the film, it is possible to see many soldiers carrying XM177 look-a-like carbines. They all have long, bulky flash hiders, which tends to characterize the civilian copies of the XM177, such as the CAR-15 seen below. As such, these probably are semi-automatic CAR-15s (or copies/clones) standing in for the military-spec XM177E2.
Commercial CAR-15 semiautomatic rifle - 5.56x45mm. This is strictly a semiautomatic civilian copy of the XM177 style of rifles. The flash hider is a smaller diameter copy of the XM177 and has no sound suppression qualities and is permanently welded onto the barrel to make it legal length for over the counter gun store sales.
U.S. soldiers entering Brooklyn; the soldier in the woodland camo BDUs is carrying a semi-automatic copy of an XM177 (note the long flash hider, similar to the rifle in the picture above).
A suspect is questioned; behind him, it is possible to see the flash hider of a mock-up XM177 being aimed at him from a soldier who is out of frame. The soldier in the background also has an XM177-style carbine.
M203 Grenade Launcher
Throughout the movie, it is possible to spot an XM177-type carbine fitted with an M203 grenade launcher in the hands of soldiers. It appears to be the exact same prop weapon being reused multiple times in different scenes.
M203 grenade launcher (40x46mm) mounted on XM177-type carbine (5.56x45mm).
At a checkpoint, a soldier in DCUs searches a suspect. He is holding a mock XM177 with an M203 grenade launcher
The soldier on the right, turned away from the camera, has an XM177 with an M203 on his back.
The XM177/M203 combo is visible again during the protest (circled in red). This is probably the same gun seen in the other two pictures, being reused in a different scene.
M60 Machine Gun
In several scenes, Humvees and Cadillac-Gage Commando APCs can be seen with M60 machine guns mounted on them, most notably when General Deveraux is giving his press conference about the declaration of martial law and when the Army crashes the FBI's raid on the Redhook chop-shop.
M60 machine gun - 7.62x51mm NATO
A U.S. soldier firing an M60 from a Cadillac-Gage Commando APC during the raid on the chop-shop.
Browning M3 Heavy Machine Gun
When the Army crashes the FBI's raid on the Redhook chop-shop, one of the Commando APCs can be briefly seen with a Browning M3 heavy machine gun on the roof.
Browning M3 - .50 BMG (12.7x99mm NATO)
A U.S. soldier firing a Browning M3 in the background (behind the soldier firing the M60) during the raid on the chop-shop
GE M134 Minigun
An AH-1 Cobra is seen erroneously with a chin-mounted GE M134 Minigun. This is most likely the same civilian-owned Cobra seen in such films as Hulk and Austin Powers in Goldmember. The use of a Cobra by the Army is rather anachronistic, as they had transitioned to the AH-64 Apache years prior to the events of the film.
General Electric M134 - 7.62x51mm NATO
M26 Hand Grenade
During the raid on the Redhook chop-shop, one of the terrorists inside uses the distraction created by the arrival of the Army to pull an M26 hand grenade, the detonation of which provokes the soldiers outside to open up on the shop with everything they have, and Hubbard and Husseini barely escape the onslaught.
M26 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
A terrorist pulls an M26 hand grenade when the Army surrounds the chop-shop.