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Rules of Engagement (2000)

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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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Mrs. Mourain
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Gen. H. Lawrence Hodges
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Dr. Ahmar
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Reglas de combate  »

Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,011,181 (USA) (7 April 2000)

Gross:

$61,322,858 (USA) (4 August 2000)
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When Hodges (Tommy Lee Jones) returns to the bombed-out embassy, there is a picture of then Vice President Al Gore on the charred wall. Gore and Jones were roommates at Harvard. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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
by Mark Isham
Contains a sample performed by Mark Isham
Courtesy of The Windham Hill Group
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Vile Reprehensible Propaganda
16 March 2001 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Without doubt this has to rate not only as one the worst films I've ever had the misfortune to view but also as one of the most disgusting. The moral basis of this movie is so unbelievably stomach churning and inhumane that it beggars belief. In my innocence I never believed such views and perspectives could actually make it onto the big screen where they could poison the minds of the impressionable. The whole movie amounted to a demonization of the "evil nasty" Yemenese people who seem to be quite a mindless bunch of rock-throwing gun-toting terrorists if you believe the spin this movie throws at you, and at the same time a rationalisation of a mindless bloody massacre by the U.S. marines. Surely any U.S. marines out there who have seen this movie must have been deeply offended at how they were portrayed. I reckon Dr Joseph Goebbels and his ministry of propaganda could have learned a lesson or two from this movie(propaganda flick). It defies belief that two fine actors such as Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones would consent to appear in rubbish like this, even though they gave quite good performances, despite the hole-ridden plot. Have they fallen on hard times or what is their excuse? The only reason I could possibly recommend this movie would be to illustrate how one goes about producing propaganda. There are so many flaws with this movie that I won't even begin to list them. One can't really appreciate how bad and vile it is until it is actually viewed, but do yourself a favour and avoid it like the plague. Terrible - morally reprehensible - vile!


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