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Rules of Engagement (2000)

 -  Action | Drama | War  -  31 March 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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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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Rated R for scenes of war violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

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£356,655 (UK) (11 August 2000)

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ESP 116,150,585 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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At the beginning of the movie, some Colt M16 VNs can be seen handled by the platoon of soldiers, a few M60 machine guns, a Remington 870 Combat Shotgun, a couple of RPD Machine guns and some AK-47s in the hands of the Vietcong. Later on, the Marines arriving at the Embassy scene carried M16A2s, some carried Minimi M249 Machine Guns, and the Embassy Guards carried Mosberg Shotguns (unsure of the exact type), while the Yemenese carried AKs and SVD Dragunovs and various small arms. See more »

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During the courtroom scenes the bruises on Col. Childers' face from his fight with Col. Hodges move around. For example, when the verdict is read Col. Childers has a crescent shaped bruise under his eye and a cut or split in his lip. However, when he emerges from the courtroom following the verdict, the crescent shaped bruise is gone and there is no noticeable injury to his lip. See more »

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Colonel Terry L. Childers: Yes they had weapons! You think there's a script for fighting a war without pissing somebody off? Follow the rules and nobody gets hurt? Yes, innocent people probably died. Innocent people always die but I did not exceed my orders.
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On the Threshold of Liberty
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Typical but well acted
11 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Rules of Engagement" from 2000 is a fairly derivative film. Directed by William Friedkin, it's the story of two men, Colonel Terry Childers (Samuel L. Jackson), a 30-year Marine veteran and decorated officer; and Colonel Hayes Hodges (Tommy Lee Jones), now an attorney, a man with whom he fought and whose life he saved in Vietnam and has retired.

Childers is sent on a rescue mission in Yemen that goes awry when the protesting crowd outside the embassy starts shooting at the Marines. Childers, who already has men down, orders his soldiers to fire into the crowd. He is able to evacuate the embassy but finds himself in trouble due to the fact that no one believes the protesters had weapons. He is put on trial and asks Hodges to defend him. Hodges doesn't feel he's a good enough attorney, but he agrees to take the case.

There is a tape of what happened, but the head of security (Bruce Greenwood) who doesn't want the United States to take the rap for killing civilians and would rather have it fall on a soldier, burns it. And Childers gets no support from the Ambassador (Ben Kingsley) or his wife (Anne Archer), and the attorney on the other side (Guy Pearce) is out for blood.

We've seen this film in various guises before, and the good versus evil is typical Hollywood. The acting is good but I have difficulty understanding the casting of Ben Kingsley, a great Oscar-winning actor, who is completely wasted in what is not even really a supporting role. Anne Archer plays his wife. The two have a small son and have been married for ten years. May I suggest that though it's entirely feasible that Archer at 43 had a child, the casting seems a little off. Often, when directors want a certain actor, the agency representing them agrees on the condition that the director take other people on his roster. I suspect this is what happened here; the casting is not quite right for these distinguished actors.

Tommy Lee Jones in particular is good as Hodges, though he has the showier role. Samuel Jackson is always very good and gives a strong performance as well, but there's something very stereotypical about both parts. Bruce Greenwood at least is interesting casting - he seems pretty mild-mannered as the Head of Security, but there's a treachery underneath.

All in all, this is an okay film, one where you know how it's going to end and basically what's going to happen while it's going on. We see two stars who have done their roles before in other circumstances. So in the end, while it has its moments, it's somewhat routine. One of those if you've seen one, you've seen them all type films.


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