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Rules of Engagement
Rules of Engagement is a 2000 military drama directed by William Friedkin (The French Connection) that stars Samuel L. Jackson as USMC Colonel Terry Childers, who finds himself facing a court-martial after ordering his troops to open fire on a crowd of civilian protesters during the evacuation of the US embassy in Sana'a, Yemen. Tommy Lee Jones co-stars as Hayes Hodges, a soon to be retired Marine Colonel and JAG lawyer whom Childers saved in Vietnam and now who must defend him in court.
The following weapons were used in the film Rules of Engagement:
WARNING! THIS PAGE CONTAINS SPOILERS!
The M1911A1 appears in the film as the sidearm of then-Lieutenant Terry Childers (Samuel L. Jackson) in Vietnam. Childers uses the M1911A1 to force NVA Colonel Binh Le Cao (Baoan Coleman) to order his men to disengage after they ambush the U.S. Marines being led by then-Lieutenant Hayes Hodges (Tommy Lee Jones).
Customized Springfield Armory Professional 1911
While Childers is crying during a drunken fit, a Springfield Armory Professional customized with stainless parts is seen on his desk. When Hodges comes to check on him, Childers points it at him but is quickly disarmed.
A Makarov PM is seen on a Yemeni officer's desk when Hodges questions him about the massacre in Sana'a.
Remington 870 Combat Shotgun
One of the Marines in Hodge's squad in the opening Vietnam sequence carries a Remington 870 with a heat shield.
Mossberg 590 Combat Shotgun
The Marine Embassy Guards can be seen armed with Mossberg 590 shotguns during the siege, fitted with bayonet lugs and wood furniture.
During the opening Vietnam scenes, then-Lieutenants Hodges (Tommy Lee Jones) and Childers (Samuel L. Jackson) lead a platoon of Marines armed with M16A1s.
Type 56 Carbine
NVA soldiers are shown firing SKS rifles when they ambush Hodges' Marines in a swamp.
AKM rifles are used by several NVA soldiers when they attempt to ambush Childer's Marines.
The AKMS is used by the Yemeni protesters during the siege of the U.S embassy in Sana'a. A memorable scene in the film shows a first-person view of an AKMS firing at the U.S. flag as it's being taken down from the embassy, the shooter putting several holes in the flag before the Marines can get it down. In several shots, the AKMS rifles are fitted with PSO-1 scopes as used on the SVD Dragunov sniper rifle.
A Yemeni gunman is shown firing a L1A1 with a scope at the Marine helicopters as they approach the besieged embassy.
Most of Colonel Childers' Marines in Yemen are armed with M16A2 rifles.
The M4A1 carbine is used by Captain Lee (Blair Underwood) during the embassy evacuation. Another Marine escorting Ambassador Mourain (Ben Kingsley) is also armed with a M4A1.
AKMSU carbines are carried by Yemeni security forces when Hodges visits Sana'a as part of his investigation, and in flashback sequences during Col. Childers' court-marshal.
M60 Machine Gun
The M60 machine gun is used by Marines in the opening Vietnam scenes and later on the UH-1 helicopter that transports Col. Childers' team to the besieged U.S. embassy in Yemen.
RPD Light Machine Gun
RPD light machine guns are used by the North Vietnamese in the opening scene.
Daewoo K3 Light Machine Gun
During the embassy siege, several Marines use Daewoo K3 light machine guns that have been visually modified to resemble the M249 SAW (they are fitted with M249 heat shields, among other features, but are recognizable as K3s due to the shape of the front sight and gas tube).
M18 Smoke Grenade
During the scene in Vietnam, several Marines, including Childers, have M18 smoke grenades attached to their web gear.
M26 Hand Grenade
A M26 hand grenade is seen on Hodges' belt when he is pinned down by enemy fire in Vietnam.
M79 Grenade Launcher
The M79 grenade launcher is shown being used by marines during the opening scene in Vietnam.
Several Marines in Vietnam have M72 LAW rocket launchers attached to their packs.
M203 Grenade Launcher
Several of Col. Childer's Marines have M203 grenade launchers mounted on their M16A2s during the embassy siege.
M136 AT4 Rocket Launcher
A few Marines have M136 AT4 rocket launchers strapped to their backs during the embassy mission, although they do not use them.