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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.


Action | Drama | 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)


ESP 116,150,585 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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2.35 : 1
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The opposing attorney for Hodges (Tommy Lee Jones) is Maj. Biggs. In U.S. Marshals (1998), Gerard (Jones) has a deputy named Biggs. See more »


National Security Adviser Bill Sokal is worried about political pressure from other countries about the internationally publicized "slaughter of innocent civilians in Yemen", so he hides the one piece of evidence that would exonerate COL Childers. A video tape of the crowd initiating contact with the Marines. Sokal does this as a means of "throwing Childers under the bus".

The problem with that, is that not only would that tape reveal that COL Childers was innocent and performed his duty admirably, but it would remove all political pressure from the US. Thus, removing the reason why Sokal hid the tape in the first place.

Couple that with the evidence presented in the courts martial that proved COL Childers innocent, and it would have been painfully obvious that COL Childers performed his duties honorably and, therefore, would have been returned to active duty.

In short, Sokal helped propagate the very problem he was trying to solve. Political pressure against the US, that would cause embassies to removed around the world. 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 »


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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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