More About Under Siege
When a Navy ship carrying nuclear warheads is hijacked by terrorists, the fate of the world depends on the ship's cook--who just happens to be a Special Forces martial arts and weapons expert! Filmed aboard the U.S.S. Missouri. Academy Award Nominations: Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Sound.
Main Cast & Crew
Andrew Davis - Director
Tommy Lee Jones
- Format: DVD
- Run Time: 102
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 883929077243
- Genre: Action
- Rating: R (MPAA) (for strong violence, and for language and brief nudity)
- Release Date: August 1997
Action hero Steven Seagal stars as former Navy SEAL Casey Ryback in this high-octane action thriller set aboard the battleship "USS Missouri." A hero with a mind of his own, Casey has been demoted to ship's cook for insubordination. But he's still got the heart of a patriot, and when William Strannix, a dangerously wacked ex-CIA operative-turned-terrorist takes over the ship, Casey hangs up his chef's hat and goes into attack mode. The stakes are high: Strannix, in an act of vengeance against the U.S. government, plans to launch the battleship's nuclear missiles at Honolulu. Casey -- assisted by a stripper who was stranded aboard the ship during an aborted farewell party -- must race against the clock to save the U.S. from an atomic nightmare.
Filmed in Panavision and Continental Film color; prints by Technicolor. Additional technical credits: computer graphics by Rich Whitfield; radio controlled model planes by Larry Jolly. Filmed aboard the battleship "Alabama." Screenwriter J.F. Lawton wrote the script for "Pretty Woman." Director Andrew Davis directed the Steven Seagal vehicle "Above the Law," and went on to direct the 1993 hit "The Fugitive" with Tommy Lee Jones again and starring Harrison Ford. There is news file footage used which shows former President George Bush aboard the battleship Missouri. Additional music credits: "Whiskey Fever" by Clifford Smith, James Hughes, Johnny Barnes, Robert Bird, Randy Smith, Mark Aceves; "Rap Mama Goose" "Love You to Death" by Gene Barge, Hiram Bullock, Tony Brown, Chris Cameron, Richard Davis, Tad Robinson, Wayne Stewart (in addition to Tommy Lee Jones); "The Power" by Benito Benitez, John Garrett III; Toni C.; "Sea of Blues" Gened Barge, Hiram Bullock, Tony Brown, Chris Cameron, Richard Davis, Tad Robinson, Wayne Stewart; "Ooh Baby" by Paul Colt, Ricky Hart, Pete Sykes, Steve Ross, performed by Screams and Dreams. "Under Siege" was Steven Seagal's biggest hit to date, bringing in over $80 million at the box office. Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Classification.
"...Lunatic enough to keep you watching the screen....The movie alternately prompts awe and out-of-control laughter..." - 10/09/1992 New York Times, p.C12
"...Steven Seagal charts some bold new territory....This is the best Seagal yet..." - 10/09/1992 USA Today, p.8D
"...In the brutally efficient UNDER SIEGE, Seagal, with his soft-spoken nihilist charm, attempts to move beyond limb-snapping exploitation and into epically scaled mainstream thrillers. He succeeds..." - 10/23/1992 Entertainment Weekly, p.44
"...This movie does a terrific job of making every scene play like a real event on a ship at sea, and that's part of its charm..." - 10/09/1992 Chicago Sun-Times, p.41