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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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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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7 April 2000 (USA)  »

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Reglas de combate  »

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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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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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In the opening scene where Hodges' platoon is pinned down by Vietnamese fire; as Hodges is leaning over to his radioman to respond to Childers first call on the radio, his front left magazine pouch changes from open to closed between shots. 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
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Unbelievable piece of military propaganda
20 November 2000 | by (Padua, ITALY) – See all my reviews

I decided to see this movie hoping that it would be like A Few Good Men, a good story about duty and honor. The trailers tricked me - I thought that Jackson was a scapegoat for some mission gone bad and that he had to fight some government agent/superior officer to demonstrate that he was innocent. Instead - surprise! - he is a lying murdering b****rd who is quite surprised when he is faced with 83 charges of homicide. He doesn't feel guilt or remorse when his soldiers massacre children and women, but we are supposed to like him because he cries every time he sees an American flag. This movie teaches us that it's right, moral and even honorable to kill unarmed prisoners; that you can break or ignore the rules of engagement so long as you know them by heart; that a Yemenite life is worth 0,036 times an American life; that it's normal to kill women, old men and children when you have several other options available (warning shots or retreat). The delicate subject of child-soldiers is treated with alarming lightness, civilian casualties are brushed away as irrelevant. Even more worrying, I read the comments of the other users and most of them considered Jackson innocent ("Hey, that small girl was SHOOTING him! She deserved to die!"). I advise those people to go out and buy some moral sense. I didn't walk out of the theater only because I hoped to see Jackson convicted - or at least that he understood what he had done. There actually was a surprise in the end - something so unbelievable that I was disgusted. It's incredible that this piece of trash was distributed outside the United States.


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