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Rules of Engagement [DVD] [2000]

Tommy Lee Jones , Samuel L. Jackson , William Friedkin    DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, Bruce Greenwood
  • Directors: William Friedkin
  • Writers: Jim Webb, Stephen Gaghan
  • Producers: Adam Schroeder, Arne Schmidt, Jim Webb, Richard D. Zanuck, Scott Rudin
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005KGMY



Rules of Engagement opens strongly with a Vietnam battle sequence that sets the stage for the rest of the story. But then director William Friedkin knows a thing or two about staging harrowing action sequences, and if you don't believe that, you've never seen The French Connectionor To Live and Die in LA. Unfortunately, Friedkin can't do much about the implausible plot that follows, in which the Marine commander, played by the always-terrific Samuel L Jackson, is accused of slaughtering innocent civilians (who actually were shooting at him and his men). He must rely on an old Marine buddy--a lawyer played by Tommy Lee Jones--to get him through the jury-rigged court martial. But the central premise--that an evil presidential aide would perjure himself and destroy evidence simply to maintain good relations with US allies in the Middle East, rather than defending a highly decorated Marine colonel who risked his life--is inevitably hard to swallow. And the ending is even flimsier. --Marshall Fine,

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super action and drama movie 4 Sep 2013
By Ron
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Although this movie was made a few years ago, it is so relevant to today. The attack on the American embassy could have happened for real in the recent months. Superb acting and great story
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entirely Plausible and Timely 17 Jan 2013
I can only assume the 'official' Amazon reviewer has a political take on this. The film is powerful high drama but like all drama, takes themes from real life and extrapolates & enhances them to make a point. You may not like the point, but it doesnt make it unbelievable or invalid. In this case, the point is that it is possible for diplomats and politicians to behave venally and dishonestly when they believe 'the greater good' can come from sacrificing a good man, or their own careers are put at stake. Likewise men whose profession is to kill in our defence, can develop a code of ethics and bravery in the face of danger and death that perhaps surpasses any other. Not in all cases maybe, but it happens and it should not be illegitimate for film to explore such themes.

And rarely has it been done in as timely a manner as it was here. The film was made in 2000 and, watching it just today I was put in mind not only of the (then) coming storm of 911, but also of the lies and obfuscation over the Tripoli embassy attack. If anything justifies the presumptions of the film, that does.

The combat scenes both in Vietnam and Yemen have an intensity that effectively underlines the legal misjudgements and diplomatic mendacity after the event, and add to the sense of a massive rolling injustice perpetrated by a corrupt system that cannot bring istelf to address the issues faced by the men we ask to do our dirty work, and the scope of the conflicts they face
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Challenging Movie 30 July 2011
The real satisfaction with this movie is the ambiguity of the situation; whether you think Samuel L Jackson's Marine Colonel should be convicted of the killings of potentially innocent civilians. No need to cover the plot-it's all there on the cover.

Some of this is brilliantly, if a tad heavy-handedly done as evidence is released not only to the Court but also to the audience throughout the film, making the final sentence, one hopes, inevitable.

Jackson is as solid as ever, Tommy Lees Jones is Tommy Lee Jones, which is more than enough. I agree with another reviewer that Guy Pearce was less good as the Prosecutor.

From here on, there are mild spoilers, so be warned.

The second, equally important element of the film is how the Government who put the man in an impossible position in the first place were ready to lie and swindle to ensure he took the blame, not only for their Country, but for their own personal ends- very resonant in the light of relatively recent examples. Once again, we see the risk of a man being judged by those not qualified to judge him, as happens too often today.

My own feelings for Jackson's character- early on, I thought he would burn, and probably on the evidence at the time, with some justification; later, it became clear that he was in a no-win situation, more evidence came in and if he was not truly innocent, he was assuredly not wholly guilty either.

One of the more thoughtful films to come out of recent military issues, and if not perfect, still very well executed, and it feels a good deal shorter than it is.

All in all, a damned good film.

Added note: I have seen in other reviews and elsewhere, the accusation of elements of this being anti-arab propaganda.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good 27 Feb 2014
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Very good quality, excellent would recommend it to friends and family. We really enjoyed it was wonderful. Just what we needed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Film 30 July 2013
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Excellent purchase, good quality. Exactly what I wanted. I am still using it. Once finished, I will order another DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!! 2 July 2013
By david
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One of my films which I will be watching again and again, would recommend this films to someone who likes a film with which is a bit different from the rest
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rules of Engagement 19 April 2013
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A good court room drama revolving around a soldier accused of firing into a crowd. It delves into the dishonesty of diplomats etc who are willing to sacrifice a good man to save their own careers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rules Of Engagement 3 April 2013
By Noddie
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This is a thought provoking & challenging film as other reviews have said. The plot is well described in other reviews so I will not bore you with that. I enjoyed watching but if you want a light hearted film this is not the one.
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