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At Theaters: 4/7/2000 On Video: 10/17/2000
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 3 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 169916
Studio: Paramount Pictures Corp.
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Col. Terry Childers is a 30-year Marine veteran: a decorated officer, a patriot, a hero. But now, the country he served so well has put him on trial for a rescue mission that went terribly wrong. For his attorney, he has chosen Marine Col. Hays Hodges, a comrade-in-arms who owes his life to Childers. Bound by duty and friendship, Hodges reluctantly takes the case, even as he begins to doubt the man who saved his life.
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Drama - A half-action/half-courtroom thriller that loses much of its effectiveness because of plot holes. The movie is primarily aimed at an post-high school male audience.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Tommy Lee Jones DOUBLE JEOPARDY, U.S. MARSHALS, MEN IN BLACK
Samuel L. Jackson DEEP BLUE SEA, THE RED VIOLIN, THE NEGOTIATOR
Director: William Friedkin BLUE CHIPS
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Behind The Scenes
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PROFANITY: Frequent and extreme.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Bloody, with numerous deaths.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Drinking to excess.
ACTION: Battle scenes.
COMEDY: None.
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Average
Rules of Engagement suffers from a serious split personality disorder. On the one hand, it wants to explore the fascinating question of when killing people in combat turns into murder. On the other hand, the movie wants to present a straightforward courtroom thriller, with all of the usual trappings (an innocent man wrongly accused, a defense attorney striving for redemption, a belligerent prosecuting attorney, and a big speech at the end). Unfortunately, respected director William Friedkin and screenwriter Stephen Gaghan are unable to effectively wed these two elements. The movie creates an over-the-top villain who renders the first approach moot, then shoots down the second one with a feeble ending.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 136 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
13
High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
7
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
17
High
94%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
18
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
47
High
100%
30+Adults (F)
34
High
100%
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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
When the U.S. Embassy in Yemen is surrounded by a large crowd of demonstrators, Col. Terry Childers, USMC, is ordered to lead a squadron of Marines to bolster security at the embassy. He has orders to evacuate the ambassador and his family if the situation turns violent. A few short hours after Childers launches his mission, the ambassador's safety is secured, but three of Childers' men are dead, along with more than the 80 Yemeni men, women and children killed by Marine gunfire.

Childers now faces a court-martial for violating the rules of engagement by killing unarmed civilians. He denies the charge, contending the protesters were armed and had opened fire on the Embassy. But it appears that the government has made the colonel the fall guy for an ugly diplomatic crisis: the men who could have testified on his behalf have been killed in action, one of the witnesses seems to be lying, and the President's National Security Adviser destroys evidence that might help Childers' case. Childers refuses to go down quietly and turns to his longtime friend, Hays Hodges, to defend him.

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