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  • Summary: Retired Marine Colonel and attorney Hays Hodges (Jones) defends his old friend and comrade-in-arms Col. Terry Childers (Jackson), a highly decorated 30-year Marine veteran, who has been court-martialed for ordering his troops to fire on a hostile crowd storming the U.S. embassy in YemenRetired Marine Colonel and attorney Hays Hodges (Jones) defends his old friend and comrade-in-arms Col. Terry Childers (Jackson), a highly decorated 30-year Marine veteran, who has been court-martialed for ordering his troops to fire on a hostile crowd storming the U.S. embassy in Yemen which results in the deaths of many civilians. Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 31
  2. Negative: 10 out of 31
  1. The drama ultimately retreats to safer, duller, more illogical, and more reactionary impulses and stereotypes.
  2. 70
    Friedkin turns on the juice and Jones and Jackson let it rip.
  3. As mechanical and predictable as a cuckoo clock, it shouldn't work half as well as it does.
  4. Written with such murderous gravity, certainty and gloomy solemnity - such an absence of real life or feeling - that it tends to kill our interest.
  5. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    50
    What rescues the movie, time and again, is the strength of Jones' and Jackson's performances.
  6. A casualty of its own clumsy storytelling.
  7. The clichés lap like bay waves, from the salutes to the brotherly brawl to the olive-oil tear streaks semipermanently painted down Jackson's cheeks.

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