Siege script
Siege (1998)
Synopsis: The Siege is a 1998 American action thriller film directed by Edward Zwick. The film is about a fictional situation in which terrorist cells have made several attacks on New York City. The film stars Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, Tony Shalhoub, and Bruce Willis as the U.S. Army Major General William Devereaux.

DEVEREAUX:

Nobody knows you're here. Not your

people. Not even my President. You'll

die here alone and be buried unknown --

barring some miracle.

The SHEIK speaks a few words in Arabic.

DEVEREAUX:

-- God? GOD?

(looks at him)

What you eat. Whether you eat. Sleep.

Pain. Absence of pain. I decide. I

make the day and the night. Even the

way you got here -- a hand that

reached down from the sky?

(looks at him)

God? I am your new God.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. MOSQUE - DAWN

A MUEZZIN climbs a spiral staircase, enters a turret-like

room, CLICKS ON a microphone and CHANTS the call to prayer.

MUEZZIN:

Allahuh Akbar...

HUNDREDS OF BELIEVERS prostrate themselves on prayer rugs.

At the door, hundreds of SHOES are lined up, work boots,

expensive loafers, a range of social classes represented.

ON THE STREET:

Shopkeepers pause to kneel and pray. In Arab homes, parents

and children do the same. And as we PULL BACK from:

THE MINARET:

Of the Mosque, we DISCOVER not an Arab city, but instead the

unmistakable skyline of:

DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN

The World Trade Ctr, Wall Street, The Federal building.

IN THE FBI SITUATION ROOM

Two AGENTS hurry through the bullpen. TINA OSU, 32, sharp,

and FRANK HADDAD, Lebanese with an insouciant grin.

TINA:

Brooklyn South issued a code blue

less than two minutes ago. They think

hostages are involved.

FRANK:

Black-and-whites on the scene?

TINA:

Setting up a perimeter now.

FRANK:

Residence or business?

TINA:

A bus.

Sequence omitted from original script.

THE 99 BUS -- SEEN FROM ABOVE

Surrounded by a phalanx of Black-and-Whites.

BACK TO -- THE SITUATION ROOM

They have been joined by Anthony Hubbard, the ASAC.

HUB:

SWAT?

FRANK:

On the way.

HUB:

Negotiator?

TINA:

Rolling.

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Lawrence Wright

Lawrence Wright (born August 2, 1947) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, screenwriter, staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, and fellow at the Center for Law and Security at the New York University School of Law. Wright is best known as the author of the 2006 nonfiction book The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. Wright is also known for his work with documentarian Alex Gibney who directed film versions of Wright's one man show My Trip to Al-Qaeda and his book Going Clear. more…

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