Rules of Engagement war movie
Rules of Engagement war movie

Rules of Engagement (2000, United States)

Categories: courtroom moviesurban warfare moviesjungle movies

Running time: 125 minutes

Language: English

Vietnam veteran Colonel Childers is sent with unit of US Marines to evacuate the American ambassador from Yemen. The embassy is under siege from protesters, who throw stones at the building, so it seems a straight enough mission, but when their helicopters arrive to the location Childers realizes the situation is far worse than his superiors lead him to believe. The protestors are using not only stones, but also Molotov’s cocktails, but the real problem is that several armed men are shooting at the embassy and helicopters from roofs of nearby buildings. During the evacuation of ambassador and his family few of the Marines are wounded and Childers gives the order to open fire even though his was not authorized to do so. Over 80 civilians are killed and after return to United States Childers is put on trial accused of, among other things, murder of those people. He chooses his former superior from Vietnam, Colonel Hayes, as defence attorney.

Rules of Engagement is one of those war movies that are so bad it is hard to believe someone thought it was a good idea to make it. Where to begin? The original script might have not been that bad, but we will never know since the creators got the Department of Defense cooperation, which on one hand means they had access to military equipment, but on the other usually means that someone from the army tampered with the script. In case of Rules of Engagement I hope someone did, because it takes a real soldier to come up with scenes and dialogues so corny and so cliche it hurts to watch. From scene in which Childers runs to get down the American flag, through nasty politicians messing with evidence, the dick-swinging tales of how tough the Marines are to the extremely boring courtroom scenes it is just a parade of really bad writing and not very good acting.

Our rating


Film value

2 / 10

Realism factor

4 / 5

Adventure factor

1 / 5

Historical accuracy

2 / 5

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Creators of Rules of Engagement

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Stephen Gaghan


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Cast of Rules of Engagement

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Samuel L. Jackson

as Colonel Childers

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Tommy Lee Jones

as Colonel Hodges

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Guy Pearce

as Major Biggs

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Bruce Greenwood

as Bill Sokal

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Ben Kingsley

as Ambassador Mourain

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Dale Dye

as Major General Perry

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Mark Feuerstein

as Tom Chandler

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Events depicted in Rules of Engagement

Vietnam War (1955-1975)

Rules of Engagement quotes

Colonel Hodges:
You ever had a pissed-off Marine on your ass?
William Sokal:
Is that a threat?
Colonel Hodges:
Oh, yes, sir.

Colonel Childers:
Yes they had weapons! You think there’s a script for fighting a war without pissing somebody off? Follow the rules and nobody gets hurt? Yes, innocent people probably died. Innocent people always die but I did not exceed my orders.

Themes in Rules of Engagement

US Marines

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