Rules of Engagement

Factual error: During the "Vietnam Scene" at the beginning you see a very long take of an AK47 muzzle appearing slowly from a bush.The problem is, it has the slopping muzzle brake of the AKM, not the plain muzzle of an AK47. The AKM was not in service in 1968, and was never supplied to North Vietnam anyway.

Factual error: When Samuel L. Jackson stopped to salute the lowering of the flag, the first song of the Retreat Ceremony (Retreat) was playing. On real military bases, the flag stays in place during the first song while all military members are required to stand at the position of Attention (unless they are standing in formation; which the person in charge of the formation will give the command of Parade Rest) and at the playing of the second song (To The Colors) the flag is lowered, and they are required to salute.


Factual error: When the helicopters lift off the flight deck of the USS Wake Island. You see they are aboard LHA 1. This ship is the USS Tarawa. There is no LHA class ship named USS Wake Island.

Factual error: In the US Embassy scene in the Ambassador's office, President Clinton and Vice President Gore's pictures are framed on the wall. In an US Embassy the President and the Secretary of State's picture are hung on the wall, not the Vice President. In this case the Secretary of State's picture should have been either Warren Christopher or Madeleine Albright who were the Secretary of States under Clinton. (00:18:00)

Other mistake: During the ending scene, when Samuel L. Jackson is walking away from the camera across the lawn, he passes directly between the platoon on the right practicing rifle drill, and the platoon leader giving them orders. Marines are taught to NEVER do this. It is called "breaking ranks", and a Colonel in the Marine Corps would have known this.


More mistakes in Rules of Engagement

Major Mark Biggs: There are rules and Marines are sworn to uphold them.
Colonel Terry L. Childers: I was not going to stand by and see another Marine die just to live by those fucking rules.

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