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Rampart (2012)



Critic Consensus: Rampart sends viewers plummeting into a nihilistic hell of its protagonist's creation, yet Woody Harrelson's performance in the central role is too magnetic to dismiss.

Movie Info

Los Angeles, 1999 - Officer Dave Brown (Harrelson) is a Vietnam vet and a Rampart Precinct cop, dedicated to doing "the people's dirty work" and asserting his own code of justice, often blurring the lines between right and wrong to maintain his action-hero state of mind. When he gets caught on tape beating a suspect, he finds himself in a personal and emotional downward spiral as the consequences of his past sins and his refusal to change his ways in light of a department-wide corruption scandal seal his fate. -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: R (for pervasive language, sexual content and some violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: James Ellroy, Oren Moverman
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 15, 2012
Box Office: $1.0M
Millenium Entertainment - Official Site


Woody Harrelson
as David Douglas Brown
Sigourney Weaver
as Joan Confrey
Robin Wright
as Linda Fentress
Ned Beatty
as Hartshorn
Ben Foster
as General Terry
Ice Cube
as Kyle Timkins
Anne Heche
as Catherine
Jon Bernthal
as Dan Morone
Jon Foster
as Michael Whittaker
Ruben Garfias
as Pharmacy Security Gu...
as Pharmacy Punk
Dominic Flores
as Latino Detective
Matt McTighe
as 30-Year-old Cop
Billy Hough
as Piano Player
Keith Woulard
as Shondell Parmallee
Steve Buscemi
as Bill Blago
Harriet Harris
as Stacy Cranston
Leonard Kelly-Young
as Cal Woodward
Ashley Thompson
as Captain's Daughter
Don Creech
as Head Shark Lawyer
Chuti Tiu
as Shark Lawyer #1
Sophie Kargman
as Helen's Girlfriend
Angelita Macias
as Flamenco Dancer #1
Assieh Ghassemi
as Flamenco Dancer #2
Borislov Solakov
as Guitar Player
Francis Capra
as Seize Chasco
Jim O'Hagen
as Hotel Concierge
Tim Russ
as Command Staff Member...
Bryan Rasmussen
as Command Staff Member...
William Paul Clark
as Barbara's Boyfriend
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News & Interviews for Rampart

Critic Reviews for Rampart

All Critics (145) | Top Critics (36)

Where's it all go? Nowhere, really, just down a dirty, disappointing hole. Harrelson deserved better.

Full Review… | March 9, 2012
Detroit News
Top Critic

A terrible movie that only works on the rare occasions when Harrelson's searing performance is allowed to shine.

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
The Improper Bostonian

A powerful portrait of a seriously damaged, both internally and externally, man.

Full Review… | August 11, 2014
Film School Rejects

[A] cop drama in the vein of Bad Lieutenant, except in this case the bad cop that is front and centre truly thinks he's doing good.

Full Review… | September 8, 2013
Onya Magazine

Rampart doesn't end up having as much emotional punch to it as The Messenger did, mainly because it feels as though the idea was not thought out to completion.

Full Review… | January 23, 2013
We Got This Covered

What keeps the movie engaging for as long as it was is the amazing performance by two-time Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson.

Full Review… | September 16, 2012

Audience Reviews for Rampart

Captivating drama, Rampart is a surprisingly gripping film about a corrupt cop played by Woody Harrelson in a well rounded performance. The film's story is smart, tense and is entertaining due to a strong performance by its lead actor. What I enjoyed about the film was that it was a tense piece of drama, a film that managed to be a gripping, well paced picture that told a riveting story and is elevated by some strong performances. I didn't expect much going into this film, and I must admit, I kind of avoided it for awhile, but I'm glad I did. Directed by the same director who helped the terrific drama The Messenger, Rampart gives you an unflinching portrait of a cop that is corrupt and abuses his oath. Harrelson is perfect for the part, and he commands each scene that he's in. The story is well constructed and is perfectly paced in order to create a rousing sense of tension, which is ever present in the film. This is a fine drama thriller, one that ranks among the most memorable ones in the last few years, and like I said, it's a film that is entertaining and captivating in the way it handles its story. This is a film that is well worth your time if you want a well executed drama that boasts great performances, terrific storytelling and exceptional direction. Rampart is an incredible drama and it's a film that is thoroughly engaging and is a finely made picture that you won't forget anytime soon. The film's strength lies in a solid and unforgettable performance by Woody Harrelson and it has a finely written script that has never a dull moment.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

'Rampart'. A fine lesson in self-destruction that meandered too often between some nice uncomfortable moments.


Super Reviewer

Another Bad Cop Movie played by no better actor then Woody Harrelso, don't think he had to act to hard to fit this role. Nothing outstanding here, really a dissapointment. 3 Stars 8-3-12

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Rampart Quotes

Catherine: David Douglas Brown, you are nothing but a misanthrope.
– Submitted by Anthony C (3 years ago)
Dave Brown: Your bun boy honked a Vice Cop at the Pink Parrot last night. He's got a Parole Hold so no bail. Lorazepam and Phenobarb and it all goes away.
– Submitted by Michael D (3 years ago)
Dave Brown: Up this time. [talking to pharmacist] And something to make it hard. [goofy smile]
– Submitted by Michael D (3 years ago)
Dave Brown: But while you're playing gum shoe, bear in mind that I am not a racist. Fact is, I have all people equally. And if it helps, I've slept with some of your people. you want to be mad at someone, try Edgar J. Hoover. He was a racist. Or the Founding Fathers, all slave owners. Me, I'm just doing my job.
– Submitted by Dennis L (4 years ago)

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