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Rules of Engagement (2000)

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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Tom Chandler
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Col. Binh Le Cao
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Hayes Hodges III
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Capt. Hustings
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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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Drama | Thriller | War

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

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7 April 2000 (USA)  »

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Reglas de combate  »

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Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,011,181 (USA) (9 April 2000)

Gross:

$61,335,230 (USA)
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The opposing attorney for Hodges (Tommy Lee Jones) is Major Biggs. In U.S. Marshals (1998), Gerard has a deputy named Biggs. See more »

Goofs

During the retirement party, Col. Hodges is presented a shadow box with his decorations and the Mameluke sword. Several of the medals present in the shadow box are not decorations that Col. Hodges wears on his Class A uniform including the Silver Star, Legion of Merit (may be awarded later during retirement), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, and 2 foreign decorations from Operation Desert Shield/Storm. Likewise several decorations he does wear are missing from the shadow box, e.g. Defense Superior Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, etc. 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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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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A good ride, good actors, some flaws.
1 February 2001 | by (Nevada, USA) – See all my reviews

Last week, as I considered ordering this DVD, I checked the IMDB rating and saw a "fair" 6.5. Since I like Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson, I placed the order. Like most roller coasters, I found it to be a good ride and Jones and Jackson did very credible jobs. The flaws in the movie have been correctly pointed out by numerous other reviewers. I was somewhat surprised that some of the most critical reviews were by US viewers. I fully understand how non-US citizens would be irritated by the stereotypes. I found it to be a very exciting movie from my particular perspective (US citizen, military family, male over 45). The scenes of combat when the marines are ordered to the US embassy in Yemen to safeguard our state department personnel were VERY well done, even to the point of gripping. The court scenes and conflicts of evidence or lack of evidence were interesting to me and I also understood, but did not agree with, the aims of the State Department. I don't think some of the reviewers are aware of what a person might do in such an extremely stressful situation as that of Colonel Childers (Jackson). It was fascinating to me to see what he did do and how he and others looked back on it. I would have given Rules of Engagement a 9 or 10, but for the flaws. It's a good movie though and well worth renting. It's an 8.


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