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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Mourain
Gen. H. Lawrence Hodges
Gen. Perry
Dr. Ahmar
Tom Chandler
Judge Col. E. Warner
Baoan Coleman ...
Col. Binh Le Cao
Hayes Hodges III
Capt. Hustings


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.


Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

7 April 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Reglas de combate  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$61,322,858 (USA) (4 August 2000)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


H. Lawrence Hodge's home on the oceanfront (with the circular driveway) was also used as Jack Ryan's home in Patriot Games. See more »


Accent of the people speaking is not Yemen but Moroccan. Anyone who has been to Yemen would find many things inaccurate such as the 'Taj Sheba Hotel' sign, which is a 5-star hotel in reality. See more »


Colonel Hayes Hodges: If this gets bad, it gets bad for both of us.
Colonel Terry L. Childers: Why, Hodge? Are you going to jail too?
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Featured in Behind the Rules of Engagement (2000) See more »


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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Excellent Movie
11 August 2014 | by (Udon Thani, Thailand) – See all my reviews

After serving a career in the Military, I definitely relate to every soldier in the story. I consider this a very honest portrayal, especially civilians misunderstanding the reality of 'Rules of Engagement'.

These previous reviewers have no concept of the reality of combat:

A Flag is more important than Marine's life ? (This person should read about Francis Scott Key, Ft McHenry and those who died to keep the flag standing) http://www.historybuff.com/newsletter/july08.html

The ending was absurd! ("The Corps, the Corps, the Corps" - not understood by civilians.

Propaganda at its best (Closer to truth than you know..!!)

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