Rules of Engagement

Rules of Engagement

William Friedkin (2000)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This courtroom melodrama from French Connection director William Friedkin revolves around marine colonel Samuel L Jackson's decision to fire on a crowd of Arabs storming the US embassy in Yemen. Tommy Lee Jones reluctantly defends Jackson at his court martial, knowing only too well that his former comrade in arms has a tendency to buckle under pressure. A terrific cast (Ben Kingsley, Anne Archer, Philip Baker Hall) is wasted as the two leads do battle with tough prosecution attorney Guy Pearce, who gives good value in a performance reminiscent of Kevin Bacon in A Few Good Men. Alas, this film is scuppered by a Vietnam flashback that suggests the stars have not aged a day in 30 years, while the sequences in Yemen show Hollywood has lost none of its appetite for unsavoury stereotypes.


An embittered lawyer reluctantly defends a former Vietnam comrade-in-arms who has been court-martialled for opening fire on innocent civilians during a siege on the US embassy in Yemen. Courtroom drama, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel L Jackson, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, Philip Baker Hall, Anne Archer and Bruce Greenwood.

Cast & Crew

Col Hays Hodges Tommy Lee Jones
Col Terry Childers Samuel L Jackson
Maj Mark Biggs Guy Pearce
Ambassador Mourain Ben Kingsley
William Sokal Bruce Greenwood
Capt Lee Blair Underwood
Gen H Lawrence Hodges Philip Baker Hall
Mrs Mourain Anne Archer
Director William Friedkin
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: May be edited for language and violence.Available on: video and DVD