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Under Siege (1992)


Elevator Pitch

As the USS Missouri is on its way to be decommissioned a terrorist group, in the guise of the caterers and entertainment for the captain’s birthday, invade the ship by helicopter. The group, with the assistance of the doubtful Commander Krill, imprison the crew and kill the captain. While appearing to negotiate with an assembly of admirals, it is actually their intention to steal the ship’s nuclear armament. The only fly in their ointment is the captain’s personal cook, Ryback, who, unknown to them, is a former navy seal. Can the ex-seal, assisted by an ex- Playboy centrefold (the entertainment) establish comms with the authorities and get the ship back?


Quite a few shots of the USS Missouri under way – genuinely stirring stuff. Numerous exchanges in the galley, the party is got going before the takeover, thereafter a load of creeping about in the dark together with gunfire with hand guns and machine guns. The admirals are seen around the conference table negotiating with the terrorist leader. The ex-Playboy centre fold emerges from the birthday cake clad in a thong, but gets herself dressed and wields a machine gun. Aircraft are shot down, the 16 inch guns are used and cruise missiles are seen in flight. Some beer is drunk.

A View I knew of this film, since it is the only Steven Seagal outing to get an approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes. Some of the shots are terrific, particularly the USS Missouri at sea and the flights of the cruise missiles. The fights are well choreographed, and the interaction between the admirals, the civilians and the CIA are a lot of fun. So if you liked Die Hard this is worth your time.
Duration 1h 43m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story An original screenplay
Director Andrew Davis
Writers/Script J.F. Lawton
Starring Steven Seagal, Patrick O’Neal, Gary Busey, Raymond Cruz, Tommy Lee Jones, Erika Eleniak, Colm Meaney,
Additional Info While the shots at sea were the Missouri, most of the film was made on board the USS Alabama alongside in Mobile.


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Author of this site three technical books and two novels



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