The Siege at Ruby Ridge

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The Siege at Ruby Ridge
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Written byLionel Chetwynd
Directed byRoger Young
StarringRandy Quaid
Laura Dern
Kirsten Dunst
Theme music composerPatrick Williams
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Edgar J. Scherick
Judith Regan
Producer(s)Robert F. Phillips
Production location(s)Chico, California
Magalia, California
CinematographyDonald M. Morgan
Editor(s)Dennis C. Vejar
Benjamin A. Weissman
Running time175 minutes
Production company(s)Edgar J. Scherick Associates
The Regan Company
Victor Television Productions Inc.
Original networkCBS
Original releaseMay 19, 1996

The Siege at Ruby Ridge is a 1996 docudrama television film directed by Roger Young and written by Lionel Chetwynd about the confrontation between the family of Randy Weaver and the US federal government at Ruby Ridge in 1992. It was based on the book Every Knee Shall Bow by reporter Jess Walter.[1] It originally aired as a two-part CBS miniseries entitled Ruby Ridge: An American Tragedy on May 19 and May 21, 1996.[1] The miniseries was edited together to become the film The Siege at Ruby Ridge.[2]



Year Group Award Nominee Result
1996 Satellite Award[3] Best Miniseries or TV Film The Siege at Ruby Ridge Nominated
Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Laura Dern Nominated
1997 YoungStar Award Best Young Actress in a Mini-Series/Made for TV Film Kirsten Dunst Won


  1. ^ a b Suprynowicz, Vin (1999). "The Courtesan Press, Eager Lapdogs to Tyranny (Chapter 6)". Send in the Waco Killers: Essays on the Freedom Movement, 1993–1998. Las Vegas: Mountain Media. ISBN 9780967025902.
  2. ^ Hal Erickson, "The Siege at Ruby Ridge - Overview",, 2007.
  3. ^ "1997 Awards". Retrieved January 3, 2013.

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