Rampage (1988)




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Rampage delves into the subject of legal insanity, so often the default defense in modern-time gruesome crime trials. Alex McArthur plays an outwardly normal guy who goes on incredible killing and mutilating sprees until (and even after, when he escapes for a short time) he's captured. When he comes to trial, the liberal DA (Michael Biehn) is torn between his own leftist leanings and the reality of the heinous crimes for which the accused is being tried. He must argue for the death penalty.

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
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Written By: William Friedkin
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On DVD: Jun 23, 1993
Paramount Home Video

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This is not a movie about murder so much as a movie about insanity -- as it applies to murder in modern American criminal courts. Friedkin plays with two decks and is happy to stack them both.

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The film starts off strongly enough but once it becomes about Friedkin's need to present a pro-death penalty argument in the most one sided fashion imaginable, it becomes dull and occasionally repugnant.

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Saw this as part of my William Friedkin kick, this is a very unpleasant viewing experience, which is exactly what friedkin wanted to accomplish, so in that sense its a success, i felt bad seeing the people get murdered, i felt bad seeing the victims' families afterwards, i felt bad seeing how the courts treated the case, arguing between death penalty and the insane asylum, there is no right path to take, nothing will bring the victims back or give justice to their families, its just a miserable unfortunate case, and sometimes things like this happen when there are no easy solutions, biehn is as solid as ever, i wish he wouldve gotten bigger roles in his life, good score by my fave composer ennio, just dont expect to feel good after seeing this


Surprisingly good movie. Friedkin toggles between a mystery thriller to court room drama. Obvious social commentary dealing with insanity and murder. Good editing and great cast

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