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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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Alex McArthur
as Charles Reece
Michael Biehn
as Anthony Fraser
John Harkins
as Keddie
Art LaFleur
as Sanderson
Billy Green Bush
as McKinsey
Grace Zabriskie
as Naomi Reece
Roy London
as Dr. Paul Rudin
Donald Hotton
as Dr. Leon Gables
Andy Romano
as Spencer Whalen
Patrick Cronin
as Harry Ballenger
Roger Nolan
as Dr. Ray Blair
Rosalyn Marshall
as Sally Ann
Whitby Hertford
as Andrew Tippetts
David Alan Johnson
as Del Cameron
David A. Kimball
as Doctor in Flashbacks
Brenda Lilly
as Eileen Tippetts
Joseph Whipp
as Dr. George Mahon
Chip Heller
as Guard No. 1
Rodney Cornelius
as Guard No. 2
Dave Alan Johnson
as Del Cameron
Robert Broyles
as Joe Kautman
Edith Fields
as Rose Gurgan
Neal Hahn
as Mr. Hendriksen
Gale Beeman
as Mrs. Hendriksen
Marni Webb
as Mrs. Ellis
Paul Gaddoni
as Aaron Tippetts
Joe Whipp
as Dr. George Mahon
Bernard Zanck
as Priest
Noreen Farley
as Waitress
Charlie Holliday
as Narc No. 1
Ken Jackson
as Narc No. 2
Miguel Nájera
as Cardenas
John Petievich
as Jury Foreman
Miriam Gray
as Juror
George John
as Juror
Violet Yip
as Court Clerk
Robert Gonzales
as 1st Guard
Steven A. Jones
as 2nd Guard
Dr. Javad Jamshidi
as Dr.Jamshidi
Robert Knudsen
as ID Technician
Marina Valtierra
as ID Technician
Gaetano Comporato
as ID Technician
Clifford Milton
as Evidence Technician
Pamela Tarver
as Woman in Car
Chelsea Crank
as Molly Fraser
Margaret Rose Ott
as Mrs. Cardenas
Richard S. Goldman
as Emergency Room Technician
Robert Wright
as Emergency Room Technician
Colleen Casey-Rohde
as Emergency Room Technician
Susan Thomas
as Emergency Room Technician
Laura Moreno-Orrison
as Emergency Room Technician
Leonard Neuman
as Emergency Room Technician
Angelo M. Vitale
as Assistant DA
Richard Markel
as Bailiff
Erin Hazlett-Oakes
as Technologist
Nancy L. Sicotte
as Technologist
Elizabeth J. Prager
as Technologist
Michael Tamburro
as Helicopter Pilot
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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… | January 1, 2000
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 27, 2012

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

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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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