Liner Notes from director William Friedkin
in the Rules of Engagement soundtrack:
“…patriotic, wistful, ironic and beautiful melody reminiscent of the music of Aaron Copland. Mark Isham composed and arranged this piece as well as having played the trumpet solo, and over the years I’ve come to admire his work as a soloist as much as his compositions.”
Rules of Engagement
Starring Samuel L. Jackson as Terry Childers. This film is about a 30-year Marine veteran, a decorated officer, a patriot and a hero. Now the country he serced so well has put him on trial for a rescue mission that went terribly wrong. Childers chooses Marine Colonial Hays Hodges, played by Tommy Lee Jones, to be his attorney even though he is not the best. Bound by duty and friendship, Hodges takes the case even as he begins to doubt the man who saved his life.
Mark was thrilled to collaborate with William Friedkin, one of the most acclaimed directors of our time (The Exorcist, The French Connection), on this new drama from Paramount Pictures produced by Richard Zanuck & Scott Rudin. For this film, Mark worked with one of the largest orchestras he has ever worked with in his career. The soundtrack album was released on Milan Records.