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The Siege at Ruby Ridge (1996)

A mini-series dramatization of the controversial 1992 attack by federal agents on the Idaho home of Randy Weaver, a white seperatist. The ten-day siege, begun over a minor gun charge, ... See full summary »

Director:

Roger Young

Writers:

Lionel Chetwynd, Jess Walter (book)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Dern ... Vicki Weaver
Randy Quaid ... Randy Weaver
Kirsten Dunst ... Sara Weaver
Darren E. Burrows ... Kevin Harris
G.W. Bailey ... Ralph Coulter
Bradley Pierce ... Sammy Weaver
Gary Graham ... Brian Jackson
August Schellenberg ... Indian
Diane Ladd ... Irma Coulter
Tracy Griffith ... Gwen Coulter
Nicholas Pryor ... Bert Yeager
Hal Landon Jr. ... George Millins
Charlie Holliday ... Matthew Duncan (as Charlie Holiday)
Preston Maybank Preston Maybank ... Don Crawford
Chris Currie Chris Currie ... Harry Adams (as Chris Curry)
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A mini-series dramatization of the controversial 1992 attack by federal agents on the Idaho home of Randy Weaver, a white seperatist. The ten-day siege, begun over a minor gun charge, resulted in the deaths of Weaver's son, wife and dog, and a U.S. Marshall. The incident caused major public outcry against the FBI and U.S. Marshals. Written by Jonathan D. H. Parshall <parshall@citcom.net>

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Drama | History

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Every Knee Shall Bow: The Siege at Ruby Ridge See more »

Filming Locations:

Chico, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place in August 1992. See more »

Quotes

Sara Weaver: [while seeing the crowd gathered at her family's house] All of this for a family.
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Connections

References Leave It to Beaver (1957) See more »

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Too Much
7 January 2002 | by AraliSee all my reviews

I found this film engrossing but distasteful. No, I don't believe this movie was "made to turn people against the system" and yes, it was a true story but the networks turned it into the 'Movie of the Week", so how much is true and how much is drama is debatable.

The extremes that both the Weavers and the FBI go to in order to make their points and accomplish their missions are unrealistic. The Weavers slowly turn from nice folks--maybe a little fanatical, to guntoting, rabid, white separatists who will greet you with a bullet between the eyes rather than a friendly smile. What was in the air they were breathing in those Idaho mountains? At one point they were model neighbors and at another, they were cussing and picketing their them with their fledgling Nazi kids.

The judicial system is realistic in the beauracratic way of initially handling Weaver's gun charge including the entrapment issue, yet things go horribly wrong in the way things are handled during the seige. How many feds does it take to get one guy off a mountain?

I don't think this movie did either side any justice. The script could have been better written although good work from Quaid, Dern and Dunst. That alone made the film passable.

I don't think this film succeeds in turning anyone against the system--at least no one who is educated enough to understand the way that system works.


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