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  • Actors: Woody Harrelson, Robin Wright, Steve Buscemi, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Foster
  • Directors: Oren Moverman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Millennium Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 15, 2012
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007AJMBBA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,959 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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At the heart of Oren Moverman's RAMPART is a riveting parable about what happens to a man who refuses to change, even when change is the only thing that can save him. That man is Dave Brown, played by two-time Academy Award® nominee Woody Harrelson. Though the film is set in the 1990s, when scandal rocked the LAPD's Rampart division, the film hones in on a single fictional cop: Dave Brown, a man who has taken the ''no guts, no glory'' American mythos to heart, without questioning what it is doing to him and those he holds dear. He is a cop whose personal life is propelled into a dizzying downward spiral when he comes under suspicion for roughing up a suspect. More than just a police officer who plays things fast and loose, Brown exposes the inner workings of a certain type of personality everyone recognizes around them, a personality very much part of American culture, yet not often examined. He is the kind of man inexorably drawn to authority and power, yet seems destined to abuse it; a man who has dreams of being a great masculine hero, yet is beholden to women; who has undeniable charm, yet whose stubborn refusal to take responsibility for his actions becomes a destructive force against family, community and ultimately himself.

Customer Reviews

He's just too nice a guy to pull off this bad a guy.
K. Swanson
Don't waste your time or your money on this film at the end all you will want is the hour and a half of your life back.
Brabass
As is increasingly typical with independent films, there isn't much of an ending.
Joshua Miller

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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 3, 2012
Format: DVD
"Rampart" (105 min.) brings the story of Dave Brown, an LA cop going off the tracks, played by Woody Harrelson in an outstanding perfomance. In the beginning of the movie, Brown tries to keep his personal life together, as complicated as it is with 2 kids he has from 2 women who happen to be sisters, and they are all living together. At a certain point, Brown gets involved in a car accident (accidental? set up?) and after the other driver tries to get away, he beats the driver exessively and just happens to get caught on tape.

Things get worse from there, and I don't want to give away much more from the plot, but suffice to say, Brown gets more and more isolated, even as he meets other women in his life. The whole movie is pretty much downbeat, and exposes the utter loniless of the Woody Harrelson character, leading eventually towards the open-ended conclusion of the movie.

The first hour was sorta long in the build-up, but the last 45 min. really shine. This movie has an incredible all-star cast besides Harrelson, with juice performances from Robin Wright, Ned Beatty, Sigourney Weaver, Anne Heche, and Ice Cube. But special mention in my book goes to Brie Larson in the role of Harrelson's troubled teenage daughter. In all, quite a movie, although certainly not for everyone. Still, "Rampart" is highly recommended!
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Miller VINE VOICE on March 4, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
The tagline for Rampart reads "The most corrupt cop you've ever seen on screen," a statement which can only be true if you don't watch too many movies. Dave Brown (Woody Harrelson) is certainly a corrupt cop, but he's far from the most corrupt cop. Cops much more corrupt, more sympathetic and more compelling have been seen onscreen before. Chalk this up to a failure of marketing.

Rampart is the second film by Oren Moverman, following his brilliant 2009 film The Messenger. That film also starred Woody Harrelson, among several others in this cast, and scored him an Oscar nomination. This nomination likely arose from his strengths as an actor, as well as the strengths of the film. Had Rampart been a stronger film he may have gotten a deserved nomination for his work here too. Moverman co-wrote the screenplay with James Ellroy, the well-regarded crime novelist who knows his way around police-driven Los Angeles stories. The film succeeds in presenting its main character as an amoral cop without reason. Dave Brown is not driven by the typical conventions of a corrupt cop movie, existing as he is for no discernible reason. That's certainly an interesting twist, but not everything else falls together so perfectly.

The setting is Los Angeles, circa 1999. Dave Brown is a controversial figure around the police department, having allegedly murdered a serial date rapist years earlier, earning him the nickname "Date Rape Dave." His home life isn't any more conventional. He has two daughters, born to two sisters (Cynthia Nixon and Anne Heche) who regard him passively. Things begin to implode when Dave beats a motorist who has wrecked into his car and is caught on tape. An investigation is launched which threatens Dave's entire way of living.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By L. Mcenroe on May 22, 2012
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The trailer/preview is the best part of the movie. Harrelson is great, but there is no "tense" "action" really in the film. A couple of gritty moments, but that's it and a lot of unresolved plot lines that go nowhere. It doesn't even have the decency to spiral all the way downward and end in some kind of self-implosion or something. Anything.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C.Wallace VINE VOICE on August 2, 2012
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Some people just aren't any good. I know the conventional wisdom is that there is good and bad in everyone. That sounds great; it's even part of the lyrics of a popular song, but it is not accurate. What I like about this movie is Woody Harrelson's bravura performance as Dave Brown, a police officer who has no redeeming qualities. He is unsavory, pure and simple.

It's set in 1999 at the time of the Rampart scandal in the LAPD. Corruption was rampant at Rampart, not to coin a phrase. The movie's Brown is corrupt. He strong-arms pharmacists to give him mind-altering pills. He kicks people when they're down, literally and figuratively. He bullies a probationary female officer. He's racist and sexist and essentially despises everyone. He's not really very bright, although he likes to spout phrases that he picked up while he was failing law school. None of that evil genius stuff. There's something unsavory about his relationship with his daughter. And there's much worse, but I don't want to spoil it.

There is no hidden tenderness. We don't see him saving a kitten. Nothing about abusive parents who ruined him, absolving him from guilt. Brown is guilty.

The supporting cast is strong. The cinematography captures a hot L.A. summer in the barrio. The direction is spot on.

Catch the unconventional living relationship. Brown lives with his two ex-wives. These ex-wives are sisters who know that Brown is a busy womanizer with more hangups than a cloakroom. Never a dull moment at the Brown's.
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Format: DVD
"I was under attack, I went after the suspect. End of story." Dave Brown (Harrelson) is an LAPD officer that who does things his own way. After he is caught on tape brutally beating someone after they hit his car his career is in jeopardy. While trying to defend himself against the charge an old alleged crime of his comes back up. This is a really good movie. The big problem is that it is again nothing really original. He acts the way "Dirty Harry" acts but has the morals of Denzel Washington in "Training Day". The movie has an all-star cast and the acting is fantastic. Harrelson especially is great in this in a very layered performance. He covers everything in this role; brutality, being a smart-ass, father in a very dysfunctional family as well as womanizer. This is a great role for him and the movie is very much worth watching. Again, though the only problem is that it seems like this movie has been done to death. Overall, nothing new but still good. I recommend this. I give it a B+.
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