Original Rubber Film Prop Colt M16A2 (“AR15A2”) From Ellis Props - As Used in The Siege
Original Item: Only One Available. This full scale rubber replica non-firing prop gun as used in the 1998 Hollywood film UThe Siege. The Siege is a 1998 thriller directed by Edward Zwick and stars Denzel Washington as FBI Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Anthony 'Hub' Hubbard, who along with his fellow agents are charged with stopping a continuing series of terrorist attacks that have crippled the city of New York. The film is notable for its depiction of the American reaction to such a terrorist attack on US soil. Though the film was poorly received at the time of its release, it was later regarded as prescient following the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The cast included Annette Bening, Tony Shalhoub, and Bruce Willis, and the film was co-written by Lawrence Wright, who is now better-known as the author of the book The Looming Tower.
The M16A2 assault rifle features prominently in the movie; almost every soldier involved in the occupation of Brooklyn is seen carrying one. A notable point in the film is that when Major General William Deveraux (Bruce Willis) is describing what the occupation will entail, he distinctly mentions the "M16A1 assault rifle", though the U.S. military had switched to the M16A2 years prior to the events in the film, and indeed the M16A2s are by far the most common rifles in the movie. It is also possible that many of the prop weapons used in the movie are semi-automatic AR-15A2s, standing in for the M16A2 (since they're never fired).
This all rubber example was acquired from the Ellis Props and Graphics liquidation auction. Ellis was the oldest and the largest Prop House in California until its liquidation auctions in late 1999 and early 2000. The original ELLIS AUCTION LABEL IS STILL ATTACHED to the butt stock of this prop gun and reads DAY 5, LOT 5862.
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