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Rules of Engagement (2000)

 -  Action | Drama | War  -  7 April 2000 (USA)
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An attorney defends an officer on trial for ordering his troops to fire on civilians after they stormed a U.S. embassy in a third world country.

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Gen. H. Lawrence Hodges
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Hayes Hodges III
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Storyline

Hayes Hodges finds his career aspirations dashed when he's wounded in Vietnam combat. He then returns to America and becomes a disillusioned lawyer who goes up against the service to defend Colonel Terry Childers, who is accused of inciting an incident that leaves many demonstrators dead. Hodges in no position to decline: Childers heroically saved his life back in Vietnam. Written by Ronos

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A hero should never have to stand alone.

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Action | Drama | War

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Rated R for scenes of war violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£356,655 (UK) (11 August 2000)

Gross:

ESP 116,150,585 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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The opposing attorney for Hodges (Tommy Lee Jones) is Maj. Biggs. In U.S. Marshals (1998), Gerard (Jones) has a deputy named Biggs. See more »

Goofs

Accent of the people speaking is not Yemen but Moroccan. Anyone who has been to Yemen would find many things inaccurate such as the 'Taj Sheba Hotel' sign, which is a 5-star hotel in reality. See more »

Quotes

Major Mark Biggs: There are rules and Marines are sworn to uphold them.
Colonel Terry L. Childers: I was not going to stand by and see another Marine die just to live by those fucking rules.
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References A Few Good Men (1992) See more »

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On the Threshold of Liberty
by Mark Isham
Contains a sample performed by Mark Isham
Courtesy of The Windham Hill Group
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Horrible! Here's why...
19 April 2000 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Who is the main Character? I'm still not quite sure if the Samuel Jackson character or the Tommy Lee character is the person I'm supposed to be following.

Bad Acting/Boring Characters! It's usually the job of the director to get good performances out of the actors. Didn't happen here. Good characters would have been a nice starting point for good acting. Didn't exist here (one is an ex-drunk with a famous father whose shoes he doesn't fill; another is hyper-patriotic and... yeah, that's about all).

Tried too hard! Vietnam sequence was way too long and not at all up to it's wanna-be-a-Spielberg, Saving-Private-Ryan intro. Then I had to suspend disbelief for the entire pump-up-my-male-ego Yemen sequence when of what must have been a million gun shots is heard and seen ricocheting. What platoon of Marines would run up on a roof in a hail of bullets and stay there, pinned down, while 3 of their comrads are killed doing the same thing when there is no purpose for being on the roof?

Kangaroo Court? In what court is the burden of proof on the accused? The prosecuting attorney says "there is no evidence to exonerate the accused...."

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Just get it over with! Two hours and 15 minutes and they still couldn't wrap it up. It would have been nice to leave the bad guys unpunished -- like in real life -- but since they couldn't show them getting their just desserts, they had to tell us in dragnet type "So and so went on to great fame" titles explanation.


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