Rules of Engagement (2000)

Director
William Friedkin

Main cast
Tommy Lee Jones; Samuel L. Jackson; Guy Pearce; Ben Kingsley; Bruce Greenwood

Genres
Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War

Description
Part war movie, part courtroom thriller, this gripping drama finds a war hero put on trial for a rescue mission gone terribly wrong with only his doubtful friend and fellow marine to represent him.


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