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Rules of Engagement Details


In this drama, two U.S. Marines who stood side by side on the field of battle are reunited in a court of law. Attorney Hayes Hodges (Tommy Lee Jones) once aspired to a career as an officer, but a serious injury in Vietnam put an end to his military future, leaving him bitter and resentful. Col. Terry L. Childers (Samuel L. Jackson) fought alongside Hodges and once saved his life; when Childers is threatened with a court martial for ordering his troops to fire on civilians during a raid on an American embassy, Hodges is the only lawyer that he can trust, and the case gives Hodges a chance for revenge against the military system that he feels has wronged him. Rules of Engagement also features Kim Delaney, Ben Kingsley, Blair Underwood, and Anne Archer. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:April 7, 2000


Tommy Lee Jones
as Col. Hayes Hodges
Samuel L. Jackson
as Col. Terry L. Childers
Guy Pearce
as Maj. Mark Biggs
Bruce Greenwood
as William Sokal
Blair Underwood
as Capt. Lee
Philip Baker Hall
as Gen. H. Lawrence Hodges
Anne Archer
as Mrs. Mourain
Ben Kingsley
as Ambassador Mourain
Mark Feuerstein
as Capt. Tom Chandler
Dale Dye
as Gen. Perry
Kim Delaney
Ryan Hurst
as Corporal Hustings


William Friedkin
Scott Rudin
Richard D. Zanuck
James Webb
Screen Story
Stephen Gaghan
Nicola Pecorini
William A. Fraker
Mark Isham
Composer (Music Score)
Augie Hess
Robert Laing
Production Designer
William Cruse
Art Director
Arne Schmidt
Adam Schroeder
Executive Producer
James Webb
Executive Producer
Gloria Gresham
Costume Designer
Steve Boeddeker
Sound/Sound Designer
Newt Arnold
First Assistant Director
Dale Dye
Dale Dye
Technical Advisor
Buddy Joe Hooker
Stunts Coordinator
Arne Schmidt
Unit Production Manager