Self Defense (1983) AKA Siege


During a police strike in Nova Scotia’s capital city, a gang of hoodlums end up unintentionally causing the owner of a gay bar to be killed. This escalates into a string of murders with a lone survivor trying to not be next.

Director: Paul Donovan & Maura O’Connell.
Stars: Tom Nardini, Brenda Bazinet, Darel Haeny, Terry-David Després, Jack Blum, Keith Knight, Doug Lennox, Jeff Pustil, Fred Wadden, Gary Dempster, Dennis O’Connor, Richard Collins. AKA Siege


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  1. Darren Johnson
    September 24, 2019

    I first watched this in the mid 80’s under the title Siege. I absolutely fell in love with the film. Very much like John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13 but with much more grit and a sucker punch of an ending. I still have my old vhs tape of this. Even though I’ve long since owned a vcr I’ve always kept hold of it (I actually only own 2 vhs films now, the other being Exterminator 2).
    I’m surprised Siege hasn’t undergone a proper dvd/bluray release yet. It really is a overlooked classic!
    Trivia: The Japanese edit is 10mins longer. These scenes are all at the start of the film and are set in daylight hours (the film is set over one long night). Even though these scenes are interesting they don’t really add anything extra to the plot. Personally I prefer the standard edit as it wastes no time piling on the atmosphere.

  2. peter
    September 3, 2022

    @ Darren – this has since come out in HD quality

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