Rules of Engagement

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Paramount Pictures Released 2000

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Director:
William Friedkin
Released:
2000
Rating:
R

Rules of Engagement is a 2000 film directed by Willliam Friedkin. The story revolves around the strong relationship between two Marine officers, Hays Hodges (Tommy Lee Jones) and Terry Childers (Samuel L. Jackson). Their friendship was forged in Vietnam, where Childers bent the rules by shooting an unarmed prisoner of war, but his action saved Hodges' life. After the war, Hodges being physically unfit for action due to his wounds, receives a degree and becomes a Marine Lawyer. Colonel Childers becomes a highly decorated officer and leads a rescue mission at the U.S Embassy in Yemen, which was attacked by a crowd of rebels. It is Colonel Hodges's turn to try to save Childers's career, when the former is accused of giving an order to shoot in the civilian crowd in attempt to protect the Embassy. It resulted in 83 civilian deaths. Hodges is to be present in military court defending Colonel Childers in this delicate issue about ethical conduct in times of war. The movie received two nominations and an Image Film Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor.

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Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson

Col. Terry L. Chiders

Philip Baker Hall

Philip Baker Hall

General H. Lawrence Hodges

Ben Kingsley

Ben Kingsley

Ambassador Mourain

Bruce Greenwood

Bruce Greenwood

National Security Advisor Bill Sokal

Tommy Lee Jones

Tommy Lee Jones

Col. Hayes 'Hodge' Hodges

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Military & War, Thrillers