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Rules of Engagement [DVD] [Special Edition]

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • When a routine security mission at the U.S. embassy in Yemen goes awry and 85 civilian demonstrators are killed, decorated Marine Colonel Terry Childers is court-martialed for breaking the "rules of engagement" by a nervous national security adviser. Childers calls upon his old buddy from Nam, military lawyer Hays Hodges, to defend him in court. Determined to get to the truth, Hodges must rely on his soldier's instincts as he follows an explosive trail of cover-ups and half-truths that lead to the highest corridors of power in this action-packed drama from the director of THE FRENCH CONNECTION and THE EXORCIST. When anti-Western demonstrators surround the U.S. embassy in Yemen, decorated U.S. Marine Colonel Terry Childers (Samuel L. Jackson) is ordered to secure the premises and "baby-sit" the embassy's staff. Upon arrival, the soldiers find the embassy besieged by snipers and an unruly mob. Childers leads a daring rescue of the ambassador (Ben Kingsley) and his family but in the process loses three men. With bullets flying from all directions and the not-so-peaceful demonstrators breaking down the embassy's gate, he orders his men to open fire on the crowd. When the smoke clears, 83 Yemen civilians lay dead, including many women and children. Back in the States, National Security Advisor Bill Sokal (Bruce Greenwood)--hoping to deflect criticism from the U.S. government and defuse a mounting international crisis--appoints young gun "New Yawk" military lawyer Major Biggs (Guy Pearce) to prosecute Childers for violating the Marine's "rules of engagement." Facing life in prison and possible execution if convicted, Childers calls upon cynical military lawyer Colonel Hays Hodges (Tommy Lee Jones), an old friend whose life he saved in Vietnam, as his reluctant advocate. But with the evidence stacked against Childers, Hodges must draw upon his soldier's instincts to defend his client from both the political careerists in need of a scapegoat and his own troubled past.
    • Rating - Scenes of war violence, and for language.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 3217

  • Credits
    Samuel L. Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones, Tom Lee Jones, Anne Archer, Bruce Greenwood, Philip Baker Hall, Ben Kingsley, Krishna Banji, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, Blair Underwood, Dale Dye, Nicky Katt
  • Critic Reviews
    "...You can't help but stay hooked on RULES OF ENGAGEMENT..."
    Total Film

    Rating: B
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Edgy and exciting....Reliably rugged performances from Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...An enjoyable, guilty-pleasure rental." -- 3 out of 5 stars - A Satisfying Rental

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