New York City police detective John Shaft (nephew of the original 1970s detective) goes on a personal mission to make sure the son of a real estate tycoon is brought to justice after a racially-motivated murder.
Samuel L. Jackson,
High school teacher Trevor Garfield is stabbed by bad-boy student. Fifteen months later, he moves to Los-Angeles to the unruly, predominantly Latino school. He has to tame wolf-like ... See full summary »
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
When released in Spain, the movie title was literally translated resulting in "Reglas de compromiso". Engagement in English can be translated like in the original title as the behavior when two opposing forces come into contact or as near future wedding. Spanish language however uses different words for these two concepts, and the one referring to "wedding" was mistakenly used is the Spanish title creating a misleading title with no relation to the actual movie plot. See more »
Along with using two different types of helicopters for the take off from the ship to the insertion into the embassy, there are two totally different squadrons used for during the time which would take only a few hours. On the ship, when the Marines are boarding the aircraft, the side of the aircraft reads what squadron that aircraft belongs to which, on the ship scene it is HMM-764, a reserve squadron based out of Edwards Air Force Base in CA. When the Marines get dropped off at the Embassy the squadron on the aircraft reads HMM-268, a active squadron out of Camp Pendleton. See more »
Colonel Hayes Hodges:
I'll make you a deal. If you can tell me right now what the life expectancy was for second lieutenant dropped into a hot LZ in Vietnam in 1968, I'll tell you everything I remember about Ca Lu.
Major Mark Biggs:
Colonel Hayes Hodges:
Negative. Sixteen minutes. Sixteen fucking minutes. That's all I remember about Ca Lu.
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This story gets the viewer involved with it right away never lets up,
with good performances all around, although Tommy Lee Jones stands out
a bit above the rest.
There are some outstanding action scenes in the first 30 minutes and if
you have a 5.1surround system, it gets quite a workout. After that, the
story settles down into a court battle.
Its politics are typical Hollywood: the government is corrupt with the
main villain the National Security Adviser who burns a video tape that
would clear a U.S. Marine colonel from being framed for murder. That
colonel also is a black man which makes the story even more politically
correct. Samuel J. Jackson plays that role, a Col. "Terrry Childers."
Jones plays his attorney, "Col. Hayes Hodges." The two veteran actors
play off each other very well.
It gets even more dramatic when two other witnesses lie and make
justice look almost impossible to attain in the case. But, dramatics
aside, it's a good story and certainly an entertaining one. Once again,
William Friedkin has directed a good movie.
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