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.
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Michael Biehn
as Anthony Fraser
Grace Zabriskie
as Naomi Reece
Art LaFleur
as Sanderson
Billy Green Bush
as McKinsey
Andy Romano
as Spencer Whalen
Donald Hotton
as Dr. Leon Gables
Joseph Whipp
as Dr. George Mahon
Alex McArthur
as Charles Reece
Charlie Holliday
as Narc No. 1
Roy London
as Dr. Paul Rudin
John Harkins
as Keddie
Steven A. Jones
as 2nd Guard
Robert Wright
as Emergency Room Technician
Edith Fields
as Rose Gurgan
Whitby Hertford
as Andrew Tippetts
Susan Thomas
as Emergency Room Technician
Ken Jackson
as Narc No. 2
Robert Broyles
as Joe Kautman
Miguel Nájera
as Cardenas
Chip Heller
as Guard No. 1
Patrick Cronin
as Harry Ballenger
Joe Whipp
as Dr. George Mahon
David A. Kimball
as Doctor in Flashbacks
Rosalyn Marshall
as Sally Ann
John Petievich
as Jury Foreman
Robert Gonzales
as 1st Guard
Neal Hahn
as Mr. Hendriksen
Michael Tamburro
as Helicopter Pilot
Roger Nolan
as Dr. Ray Blair
David Alan Johnson
as Del Cameron
Gale Beeman
as Mrs. Hendriksen
Colleen Casey-Rohde
as Emergency Room Technician
Gaetano Comporato
as ID Technician
Rodney Cornelius
as Guard No. 2
Chelsea Crank
as Molly Fraser
Noreen Farley
as Waitress
Paul Gaddoni
as Aaron Tippetts
Richard S. Goldman
as Emergency Room Technician
Miriam Gray
as Juror
Erin Hazlett-Oakes
as Technologist
Dr. Javad Jamshidi
as Dr.Jamshidi
Robert Knudsen
as ID Technician
Brenda Lilly
as Eileen Tippetts
Richard Markel
as Bailiff
Clifford Milton
as Evidence Technician
Laura Moreno-Orrison
as Emergency Room Technician
Leonard Neuman
as Emergency Room Technician
Margaret Rose Ott
as Mrs. Cardenas
Elizabeth J. Prager
as Technologist
Nancy L. Sicotte
as Technologist
Pamela Tarver
as Woman in Car
Marina Valtierra
as ID Technician
Angelo M. Vitale
as Assistant DA
Marni Webb
as Mrs. Ellis
Violet Yip
as Court Clerk
Bernard Zanck
as Priest
Dave Alan Johnson
as Del Cameron
George John
as Juror
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Critic Reviews for Rampage

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

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.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Basically, in re-editing his film to make a cruder point, Friedkin took out the shadings in his characters and the better work of his leads, and in no way whatsoever did he improve the movie. He in fact systematically made it worse.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012

...never gets under the skin of its protagonist or allows us to understand what he's supposed to be feeling.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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Full Review… | April 24, 2012
Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review Database

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Full Review… | January 2, 2012
Jigsaw Lounge

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Rampage

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.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer

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

Daniel Sloyan
Daniel Sloyan

Pretty standard crime thriller that doesn't come close to being as good or interesting as better genre outings like Manhunter, Copycat, or The Pledge. William Friedkin is capable of much better than this.

Galen Andrews
Galen Andrews

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