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Jim Webb (story)
Stephen Gaghan (screenplay)
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Tommy Lee Jones ... Col. Hayes 'Hodge' Hodges

Samuel L. Jackson ... Col. Terry L. Childers

Guy Pearce ... Maj. Mark Biggs

Ben Kingsley ... Ambassador Mourain

Bruce Greenwood ... National Security Advisor Bill Sokal

Anne Archer ... Mrs. Mourain

Blair Underwood ... Capt. Lee

Philip Baker Hall ... Gen. H. Lawrence Hodges

Dale Dye ... Gen. Perry

Amidou ... Dr. Ahmar

Mark Feuerstein ... Tom Chandler

Richard McGonagle ... Judge Col. E. Warner
Baoan Coleman ... Col. Binh Le Cao

Nicky Katt ... Hayes Hodges III

Ryan Hurst ... Capt. Hustings

Gordon Clapp ... Harris
Hayden Tank ... Justin Mourain

Ahmed Abounouom ... Jimi
William Gibson ... Hodges' Radioman
Tuan Tran ... Translator

John Speredakos ... Lawyer

Scott Alan Smith ... Another Lawyer
Jihane Kortobi ... Little Girl
David Lewis Hays ... NCO Bailiff
Peter Tran ... Col. Cao's Radioman

Bonnie Johnson ... Mary Hodges
Jason C. West ... Childers' Radioman
Mohamed Attifi ... Tariq
Zouheir Mohamed ... Aziz

Chris Ufland ... Ambassador Aide

Thom Barry ... Gen. West, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff

Kevin Cooney ... Gen. Laurie
Helen Manning ... Sarah Hodges

David Graf ... ARG Commander

Conrad Bachmann ... Secretary of Defense Wyatt
Aziz Assimi ... Little Boy
Robert Pentz Jr. ... Courtroom Spectator

Laird Macintosh ... Radio Operator, Gen. Perry's Cadre
Baouyen C. Bruyere ... Col. Cao's Granddaughter

Steven M. Gagnon ... Juror #1

Richard Whiten ... Juror #2 (as Richard F. Whiten)
Tom Knickerbocker ... Juror #3
Terry Bozeman ... Juror #4

Mary Wickliffe ... Juror #5

Jody Wood ... Juror #6

Elayn J. Taylor ... Juror #7 (as Elayn Taylor)
Todd Kimsey ... Officer #1

Stephen Ramsey ... Officer #3

G. Gordon Liddy ... Talk Show Host (voice)
Mike Stokey ... Gen. Perry's Cadre
Jack Galle ... Gen. Perry's Cadre
John Barnett ... Gen. Perry's Cadre
Mike Bedmiston ... Gen. Perry's Cadre

Michael Gerald ... Gen. Perry's Cadre (as Mike Gerald)

Freddie Joe Farnsworth ... Gen. Perry's Cadre

Dennis Fitzgerald ... Gen. Perry's Cadre
Jim Boensch ... Gen. Perry's Cadre
Brian Maynard ... Gen. Perry's Cadre
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Joseph Aguilar ... Naval Officer (uncredited)

Johnny Alonso ... Spitting Protestor (uncredited)

Benjamin Busch ... Marine (uncredited)

Dani Englander ... Reporter (uncredited)

Lawrence Larsen ... Officer #2 (uncredited)
Christopher Marquez ... Marine Base Protestor (uncredited)

LauraLee O'Shell ... Reporter (uncredited)
Nate Panning ... Corpsman (uncredited)

Chuck Paris ... Airport Traveler (uncredited)
Marc Kenneth Robinson ... Marine Videographer (uncredited)

André B. Walker ... Marine (uncredited)

Directed by
William Friedkin 
Writing credits
Jim Webb (story) (as James Webb)

Stephen Gaghan (screenplay)

Produced by
Scott Rudin .... producer
Arne Schmidt .... co-producer (as Arne L. Schmidt)
Adam Schroeder .... executive producer
Jim Webb .... executive producer (as James Webb)
Richard D. Zanuck .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Isham 
Cinematography by
William A. Fraker (director of photography)
Nicola Pecorini (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Augie Hess 
Casting by
Denise Chamian 
Production Design by
Robert W. Laing  (as Robert Laing)
Art Direction by
William Cruse 
Costume Design by
Gloria Gresham 
Makeup Department
Allan A. Apone .... makeup artist: Mr. Jackson
John Blake .... makeup artist: Mr. Jones
Cydney Cornell .... hair stylist: Mr. Jones
Zoltan Elek .... makeup artist (as Zoltan)
Gail Rowell-Ryan .... key hair stylist (as Gail Ryan)
Robert Ryan .... key makeup artist
Robert L. Stevenson .... hair stylist: Mr. Jackson (as Robert Louis Stevenson)
Joseph P. Hurt .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Brian Penikas .... prosthetic makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Roberto Malerba .... unit production manager
Richard H. Prince .... unit production manager
Arne Schmidt .... unit production manager (as Arne L. Schmidt)
Carlos H. Sánchez .... production supervisor (as Carlos H. Sanchez)
Hamid Ait Timaghrit .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Newt Arnold .... first assistant director
J. Michael Haynie .... first assistant director
Martin Jedlicka .... second assistant director
Michael Salven .... second second assistant director
Ali Cherkaoui .... second assistant director: Morocco (uncredited)
Art Department
Scott M. Anderson .... assistant property master
Barry Bedig .... property master
Rick Simpson .... supervising set decorator
Youssef Abagourram .... assistant construction manager (uncredited)
Kirsten Anderson .... construction accountant (uncredited)
Tony Capasso .... carpenter (uncredited)
Carl Catanese .... set dresser: Virginia (uncredited)
Gary J. Coelho .... laborer foreman (uncredited)
Thomas Cooper .... propmaker foreman (uncredited)
Alan Day .... art department assistant (uncredited)
John Horning .... props (uncredited)
Eric Hunsaker .... set dresser (uncredited)
Jason Ivey .... props: DC Unit (uncredited)
William S. Maxwell III .... lead man (uncredited)
Luigi Mugavero .... set dresser (uncredited)
Dennis Murray .... head plasterer (uncredited)
Andy Nicholson .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Ted Nolan .... prop maker (uncredited)
John J. Passanante .... standby painter (uncredited)
Amin Rharda .... assistant production buyer (uncredited)
John A. Scott III .... lead man (uncredited)
Christopher Woodworth .... lead painter (uncredited)
Christopher Woodworth .... scenic supervisor (uncredited)
Sound Department
Steve Boeddeker .... sound designer
Steve Boeddeker .... supervising sound editor
Beau Borders .... assistant sound editor
Scott Curtis .... foley editor
Dean Drabin .... adr mixer
Thom 'Coach' Ehle .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as Tom 'Coach' Ehle)
Ronald Eng .... sound editor (as Ron Eng)
Roger Fearing .... assistant sound editor
Tammy Fearing .... foley editor
Dana LeBlanc Frankley .... assistant sound editor (as Dana Le Blanc)
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
Courtenay Marvin .... assistant sound editor
Sarah Monat .... foley artist
Kevin O'Connell .... re-recording mixer
Michael A. Patillo .... boom operator
Carin Rogers .... dialogue editor
Greg P. Russell .... re-recording mixer
Gary Rydstrom .... sound design consultant
Christopher Scarabosio .... sound editor (as Chris Scarabosio)
Randy Singer .... foley mixer (as Randy K. Singer)
Thomas W. Small .... supervising foley editor (as Tom Small)
Mike Szakmeister .... supervising sound editor
Robert Ulrich .... supervising adr editor
Russell Williams II .... sound mixer
Kerry Dean Williams .... supervising adr editor (as Kerry Williams)
Ronald L. Wright .... utility sound
Petra Bach .... adr editor (uncredited)
Tom Caton .... boom operator (uncredited)
Hanson Hsu .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Fred Peck III .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Karym Ronda .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Christopher Scarabosio .... sound designer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Terry Erickson .... special effects technician
Paul J. Lombardi .... special effects supervisor (as Paul Lombardi)
Scott Roark .... special effects
Parry Willard .... special effects technician
Dick Wood .... special effects coordinator (as Richard S. Wood)
Michael J. Hudson .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Scott D. Mattson .... special effects office coordinator (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Denise Ballantyne .... visual effects producer: Digital Domain
Eric Barba .... digital artist: Digital Domain
Jay Barton .... digital artist: Digital Domain
Nancy Bernstein .... visual effects producer: Digital Domain
Rob Feng .... visual effects production assistant: Digital Domain (as Robert Feng)
Claas Henke .... digital compositing supervisor: Digital Domain
Jon Jacobsen .... visual effects production assistant: Digital Domain
Jeffrey Kalmus .... digital imaging supervisor: Digital Domain
Michael Kanfer .... creative imaging supervisor: Digital Domain (as Michael D. Kanfer)
Kelly L'Estrange .... digital production manager: Digital Domain
Christine Lo .... digital artist: Digital Domain
Martha Snow Mack .... digital artist: Digital Domain
Joel Román Mendías .... visual effects coordinator: Digital Domain (as Joel Roman Mendias)
Rebecca Misiorowski .... visual effects accountant: Digital Domain
Howie Muzika .... digital artist: Digital Domain
Erik Nash .... visual effects supervisor: Digital Domain
Lou Pecora .... digital artist: Digital Domain
Dennis 'wiz' Price .... digital artist: Digital Domain (as Dennis Price)
Carey Villegas .... digital artist: Digital Domain (as Carey Grant Villegas)
Byron Werner .... digital artist: Digital Domain
Debra Wolff .... visual effects editor: Digital Domain
Christopher Grandel .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Derek Ledbetter .... digital artist (uncredited)
Ralph Maiers .... composite supervisor: Cinema Research Corp./D-rez (uncredited)
Eric Pham .... visual effects artist: Cinema Research Corp./D-rez (uncredited)
Jason Shea .... systems administrator: Digital Domain (uncredited)
Kieran Woo .... production controller: pre-production, Digital Domain (uncredited)
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunts (as Jeff Dashnaw)
Kiante Elam .... stunts (as Kianti Elam)
Lance Gilbert .... stunts
Clifford Happy .... stunts (as Cliff Happy)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt coordinator
Chad Randall .... stunts (as Chad R. Randall)
Dick Ziker .... stunts
Jon Drew .... stunts (uncredited)
Dennis Fitzgerald .... stunts (uncredited)
Clifford Happy .... stunt double: Tommy Lee Jones (uncredited)
André B. Walker .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Pete Cavaciuti .... Steadicam operator (as Peter Cavaciuti)
Pete Cavaciuti .... camera operator (as Peter Cavaciuti)
Ray De La Motte .... camera operator (as Ray J. De La Motte)
Stacy De La Motte .... film loader
Sam Emerson .... still photographer (as Sam Young Emerson)
Robert Heine .... first assistant camera
Christopher Lyons .... chief rigging electrician
William T. McKane .... chief rigging technician
Mark Meyers .... dolly grip (as Mark J. Meyers)
John D. Miller .... grip
Matthew Moriarty .... second assistant camera
Doug Pentek .... chief lighting technician (as Douglas J. Pentek)
J. Michael Popovich .... first company grip
Don Steinberg .... second assistant camera (as Donny Steinberg)
Wayne Tidwell .... video assist operator (as Wayne R. Tidwell)
Mark Van Loon .... Steadicam operator (as Mark R. Van Loon)
Mark Van Loon .... camera operator (as Mark R. Van Loon)
Zoran Veselic .... first assistant camera
Steve Wolfe .... film loader
Don Yamasaki .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Donald M. Yamasaki)
Sam Barnes .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Bryan Booth .... electrician (uncredited)
Martin Bosworth .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Alessio Bramucci .... best boy electric (uncredited)
Patrick Bramucci .... gaffer (uncredited)
Claudio Del Gobbo .... grip (uncredited)
Daniele Dessena .... grip (uncredited)
Massimiliano Dessena .... grip (uncredited)
Daniel Dietrich .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Ron Goodman .... camera operator: SpaceCam (uncredited)
Peter Graf .... remote head technician (uncredited)
Ben D. Griffith Jr. .... grip (uncredited)
Casey Hall .... grip (uncredited)
Gene Hara .... dimmer operator (uncredited)
Matt Hedt .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Steve Itano .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Charles Laughon .... video playback operator (uncredited)
Greg Lopez .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Patriq Luo .... electrician (uncredited)
Driss Marzak .... gaffer (uncredited)
Derek Paulin .... electrician (uncredited)
Art Schultz .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Dave Spencer .... grip (uncredited)
Monte Swann .... 24 frame video operator (uncredited)
Jonathan Sykes .... focus puller (uncredited)
Stephen Thorp .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Tammo van Hoorn .... clapper loader: Morocco (uncredited)
Dale White .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Mark Fincannon .... location casting
Stacie Goodman .... casting assistant
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Jim Choate .... local extras casting (uncredited)
Yann Mari Faget .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Deborah German .... extras casting (uncredited)
Christopher Gray .... extras casting (uncredited)
Vivienne Williamson .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mitchell Ray Kenney .... costume supervisor (as Mitchell Kenney)
Ninalou Risolio .... costumer: Mr. Jones (as Nina Risolio)
Deb Dalton .... costumer (uncredited)
Deborah Pollard Matthews .... costumer (uncredited)
Kelly Porter .... set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Terry Haggar .... color timer
Tracy Carl Joy .... apprentice film editor
Dana L. Marker .... negative cutter
Bryan McMahan .... color timer: digital high definition digital video, Cinema Research Corporation
Darrin Navarro .... first assistant film editor
Fred C. Vitale .... assistant film editor
John M. Vitale .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
David Israel .... location manager (as David R. Israel)
Vito Colazzo .... location manager (uncredited)
Marco Giacalone .... location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Thomas A. Carlson .... music editor (as Tom Carlson)
Mark Isham .... musician: solo trumpet
Stephen Krause .... music mixer
Stephen Krause .... music recordist
Andy Brown .... music contractor (uncredited)
Liz Schrek .... music production coordinator (uncredited)
Graham Walker .... music production supervisor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Redouane Fihi .... transportation
Vicki Lybrand .... transportation dispatcher
Dusty Saunders .... transportation coordinator
Austin Thompson .... transportation captain
Hank Van Apeldoorn .... transportation: South Carolina
Susan Van Apeldoorn .... transportation: South Carolina
Mohammed Chaoui .... transportation (uncredited)
Edward Cook .... driver (uncredited)
Lawrence Dove .... driver (uncredited)
Hicham Regragui .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Amidou .... assistant: Mr. Friedkin
Bruce Benson .... helicopter ground coordinator
Brenda Berrisford .... assistant: Mr. Zanuck
Jennifer Blair .... assistant production coordinator
John A. Cohen .... assistant: Scott Rudin (as John Cohen)
Eben Davidson .... executive assistant: Scott Rudin
Margo Day .... assistant: Mr. Friedkin (as Margo F. Day)
Dale Dye .... military advisor (as Captain Dale Dye)
Ben Famiglietti .... assistant: Scott Rudin
Cliff Fleming .... helicopter pilot
Cory Fleming .... helicopter safety
Peter Hansen .... caterer: pastry chef
Craig Hosking .... helicopter pilot
Nicki McCain .... first assistant accountant
Angelique Palozzi .... assistant: Scott Rudin
David Paris .... helicopter pilot
Nina Saxon .... title designer: New Wave Entertainment
John T. Scanlon .... helicopter pilot (as John Scanlon)
Melissa Schuermann .... production consultant: USN (as Melissa Schuermann)
Jeremy Selman .... assistant: Scott Rudin
Rick Shuster .... helicopter pilot
Nanette Siegert .... production coordinator
Norma Smith .... production accountant
Philip M. Strub .... production consultant (as Phil Strub)
Leonard L. Thomas .... assistant: Samuel L. Jackson (as Leonard Thomas)
P.R. Tooke .... script supervisor
Andrea Alunni .... production assistant (uncredited)
Cecilia Alvarenga .... production coordinator: Morocco (uncredited)
Kelley Baker .... assistant accountant: Morocco (uncredited)
Giorgio Catalano .... production accountant assistant (uncredited)
Cullen G. Chambers .... stand-in: Samuel L. Jackson (uncredited)
David Fencl .... armorer (uncredited)
Alessandro Fiorito .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Thomas Taylor Goodman .... voice-over (uncredited)
Emmanuelle-Claude Heroux .... assistant shipping coordinator (uncredited)
Vien Hong .... adr voice (uncredited)
Tim Monich .... dialect coach (uncredited)
Matthew W. Morgan .... DoD Project Officer (uncredited)
Enzo Sisti .... production accountant: Morocco (uncredited)
Tony Swatton .... knife maker (uncredited)
Will Wallace .... voice-over artist (uncredited)
Christopher Winsor .... adr loop group (uncredited)
King Mohamed VI .... thanks (as His Majesty King Mohamed VI of Moracco)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for scenes of war violence, and for language
128 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:MA15+ | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-14 | Finland:K-16 (re-rating) | France:Tous publics | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:12 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:16 (original rating) | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #36725)

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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 »
Plot holes: 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:[final arguments of the defense]
Colonel Hayes Hodges:[presenting a photo of the embassy to juries] That is sovereign United States territory as much as if it were in Ohio or Maryland. Colonel Childers didn't volunteer to go over there, he was ordered to go over there because he was the best man for the job. We armed him, we trained him, we sent him over there to risk his life to save other Americans and then ask him not to return fire...
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Manipulative, 28 February 2002
Author: Alex-372 from The Hague, The Netherlands

Having just watched Rules Of Engagement, I have to say that although Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones are a joy to watch, I have to make some negative comments about this movie.

The movie is extremely manipulative, and comes from the equally manipulative director of The French Connection, William Friedkin. The movie's bad guys, oddly enough, are a crowd of irrational arabs, together with career politicians who won't just let military men do what they have to do.

The problem with the entire scenario is that the entire massacre could have been prevented with a couple of well aimed teargass grenades. Secondly, not a lot of time is spent on the character development of the 'bad guys', namely the Yemenis (in this case), who all seem to be very eager to die killing Americans, including their (the Yemeni's) toddlers. The later images of the little girl shooting a pistol is very manipulative indeed ("oh, see, she deserved to get her leg shot off after all!").

And thirdly, the incident most like it, namely the US Army Rangers debacle in Mogadishu, caused the death of 18 Rangers but 1000 Somali Mogadishuans, most of which were non-combatants. No-one seems to have been called to task for that event, let alone be thrown to the lions to appease public opinion, like Samuel Jackson's character is over a "mere" 83 deaths. (The same thing can be said for the invasion of Panama, where there was a similar death toll among civilians - the truth of the matter is that since WWII, conventional weapons have become infinitely more efficient, with the result that if conflict breaks out in built-up areas, _lots_ of civilians are killed.)

However, the one redeeming value (other than the acting) is that it shines a light on the changed nature of the political war that is required of the modern soldier in places like Somalia, Bosnia, etc., and that started in Vietnam.

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