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Rules of Engagement

  • Drama
  • Thriller
  • 2000
  • William Friedkin
  • 122 mins
  • 15

Summary

Courtroom drama starring Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L Jackson as Vietnam veterans bonded by an act of bravery who join forces again years later when one faces a court martial.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Col Hays HodgesTommy Lee Jones
Col Terry ChildersSamuel L Jackson
Maj Mark BiggsGuy Pearce
National Security Adviser William SokalBruce Greenwood
Captain LeeBlair Underwood
Gen H Lawrence HodgesPhilip Baker Hall
Mrs MourainAnne Archer
Ambassador MourainBen Kingsley
Hays Hodges IIINicky Katt

Crew

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DirectorWilliam Friedkin

Details

Theatrical distributor
UIP
Released on
2000-08-11
Languages
English | Arabic
Guidance
May be edited for language and violence.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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