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Rules of Engagement (2000)
USA / English
"A hero should never have to stand alone. "
An attorney defends an officer on trial for ordering his troops to fire on civilians after they stormed a U.S. embassy in a third world country.
Tommy Lee Jones Col. Hayes 'Hodge' Hodges
Samuel L. Jackson Col. Terry L. Childers
Guy Pearce Maj. Mark Biggs
Ben Kingsley Ambassador Mourain
Bruce Greenwood National Security Advisor Bill Sokal
Anne Archer Mrs. Mourain
Blair Underwood Capt. Lee
Philip Baker Hall Gen. H. Lawrence Hodges
Dale Dye Gen. Perry
Amidou Dr. Ahmar
Mark Feuerstein Tom Chandler
Richard McGonagle Judge Col. E. Warner
Baoan Coleman Col. Binh Le Cao
Nicky Katt Hayes Hodges III
Ryan Hurst Capt. Hustings
Director: William Friedkin
Producer: Scott Rudin,Richard D. Zanuck
Writer: James Webb,Stephen Gaghan
Strikingly accurate.
It occurs to me after seeing "The Rules of Engagement" how one thing can lead to another. Point, things are not always as they seem. For Hayes Hodges,(Tommy Lee Jones) a sort of 'underdog' lawyer, who is taking a case that, he feels he has been pulled into. You can see the doubt in his eyes. National Security Adviser Sokal, played by(Bruce Green)a great 'pick' for that role!! Sokal, is viewing an American embassy security video tape, wants to bury the copy, for his own career appeasement. Sokal offers no help, and seems in all sense to be anti-military as his actions show that he is not there to find the truth, rather to get an answer that will sit well with his boss and in the public's eye.

This shows the lack of backing that the government will sometimes give to the troops, or some military situations that tend to be to 'politically hairy', when the media takes over, bringing heat and starting to paint a picture about a story that is not fully accurate. That will get some people in harms way, fast and to some certain death! Samuel L Jackson(Childers) and Tommy Lee Jones' (Hayes Hodges) characters, are close friends. When Terry Childers approaches Hodges, with a crisis on his hands, it makes his friend that has 'chewed jungle' with Terry before, very uneasy and of of center. Hayes in his quest for answers takes a plane trip to the embassy and the surrounding city to investigate further, but ends up not liking what he is learning. Furthermore, Terry looks as if he has painted himself into a corner, by the story he has given to 'Hodge' and with Ambassador Mourain (Ben Kingsley) who Childers was coming to take out (rescue) from a fiery situation, is not any help at this point at all for Terry's defense. Guy Pierce plays an upcoming and hungry prosecutor, (Maj. Mark Biggs) who wants Jackson's character, to do nothing less than prison, for a middle eastern incident at an American base in Yemen. With Hodge getting upset and the upsetting turning to anger, things are starting to get done.

This is an excellent military drama that ranks with "A Few Good Men" only prefer this one, over, "Santiago had no code!" as far as an enveloping action drama story. Some will disagree, but this one doesn't let you down. Recommended highly!(****) Great direction, William Friedkin

Seen it:Nej
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 5
Imdb rating: 6.2
Musician: Mark Isham
Running time: 128 min
Subtitles: Svenska
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Last modified: 2007-07-18 22:31:3