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Rules of Engagement

HD   R Closed Captioning

William Friedkin

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About the Movie

In this drama, two U.S. Marines who stood side by side on the field of battle are reunited in a court of law. Attorney Hayes Hodges (Tommy Lee Jones) once aspired to a career as an officer, but a serious injury in Vietnam put an end to his military future, leaving him bitter and resentful. Col. Terry L. Childers (Samuel L. Jackson) fought alongside Hodges and once saved his life; when Childers is threatened with a court martial for ordering his troops to fire on civilians during a raid on an American embassy, Hodges is the only lawyer that he can trust, and the case gives Hodges a chance for revenge against the military system that he feels has wronged him. Rules of Engagement also features Kim Delaney, Ben Kingsley, Blair Underwood, and Anne Archer.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 96
  • Fresh: 35
  • Rotten: 61
  • Average Rating: 4.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: There is little suspense. – Elvis Mitchell, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: The two actors are soldiers of hard-headed substance at attention in a field of milder actors at ease. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: A broad and obvious approach to ambiguous material that's virtually all plot mechanics with little nuance or characterization. – Todd McCarthy, Variety, Feb 23, 2012

Rotten: It doesn't have the chops or the ambition to wrestle with the questions it raises. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jan 24, 2006

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Customer Reviews

A New Perspective...

This movie shows the incredible sacrifice of those men who stand between the American people and terrorism. It also shows that they never recieve so much as a thanks from the very people they they are protecting. In some cases they are even condemned for what they bravely do. This is a beautifully told story that shows while all war is BAD, there are those GOOD men who fight in them to preseve freedom. This movie will have you rivited to the edge of your seat.

After all this time...

This movie is still as good as it was eight years ago. A very real look at terrorism and corruption, at times it seems that the courtroom defense put on by Childers is just as chilling and exciting as the flashbacks Hodges continues to have through the course of the film. The story follows Colonel Hodges (Samuel L. Jackson) as he is forced to order his squad to open fire on a Yemeni demonstration in front of the U.S. Embassy. The result is nearly two hundred dead or injured Yemeni citizens, and the beginnings of an international incident. To make peace with Yemen, the Marines decide to use Hodges as an example, and hang him out to dry. Hodges' longtime friend, Terry Childers (Tommy Lee Jones) steps in to defend him, but what he finds in his investigation threaten to lead the Colonel to a guilty verdict. Half battlefield action, half courtroom drama, Rules of Engagement is all good.

Jones and Jackson

One of the best movies I have seen recently. Jones and Jackson truly complete but all kidding aside this is a must see for anyone lookin for a movie

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