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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.



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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 Site

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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 Guard
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 #1
Bryan Rasmussen
as Command Staff Member #2
William Paul Clark
as Barbara's Boyfriend
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Audience Reviews for Rampart

  • Jul 19, 2014
    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 r Super Reviewer
  • Jun 13, 2013
    "Rampart" would probably still be a misfire even if it was not the 596th depiction of a corrupt Los Angeles policeman on the big screen or television.(How about Topeka for a change?) A lot of the failure comes down to a murky filming style which ends up reflecting an even murkier story. What makes it even more disappointing is that it comes from James Ellroy and Oren Moverman who had previously directed the excellent "The Messenger." Said corrupt cop being Dave Brown(Woody Harrelson) who is videotaped one fine day beating a suspect senseless. While Brown is correct that it left out the part about him blindsiding him and fleeing the scene, Brown's response is still overkill. In any case, he is a victim of bad timing as this is 1999 and the Los Angeles Police Department is currently being investigated for all manners of corruption for which he is now the poster boy of. But then this is not the first time Brown may have used extreme force as he has always been suspected of executing an accused serial rapist. Another problem with "Rampart" is that Brown is not even repellent enough to be interesting, as the movie even considers taking his side against the evil bureaucracy. But then there is no evidence on display to really offset his proven worst tendencies, as he does almost no police work, instead just spending most of his time dealing with his complicated personal life that includes two ex-wives(Anne Heche & Cynthia Nixon) and the possibility of him being god's gift to women, even with him pushing 50. Maybe a towering performance could have breathed some life into such a thinly drawn character but Woody Harrelson is not a strong enough actor to make something out of nothing, as Ned Beatty steals whatever scenes he is in.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • May 17, 2013
    Great film with a solid performance from Harrelson. It let's itself down with a flimsy ending but it's still worth watching.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 30, 2012
    'Rampart'. A fine lesson in self-destruction that meandered too often between some nice uncomfortable moments.
    c0up   Super Reviewer

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