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[addressing to the jury]
The life of an innocent human being worths more than the life of an murderer. Charles Reece must die. Now, I want you to remember that you sit here as representatives of your community, your neighbors, your friends, your children. If you should decide to let this man go free, be absolutely clear in your mind that you are condemning his victims to a second death and saying to your neighbors that the life of a terrible murderer is worth more than the life of the people he ...
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One of the most rarest seen films from Oscar-Winner:William Friedkin.
Charles Reece (Alex McArthur) is a well liked human begin. He's a good looking guy, who cares from his mother (Grace Zabriskie) and he does charity work. He seems to be the perfect all-American boy until one day, he decided to kill people for the thrill of it. After he caught by the police, Anthony Fraser (Michael Biehn) is a liberal-minded district attorney is assigned to prosecute Reece. His objective is to put Reece on the death penalty. Although Fraser believes is a punishment that goes against his personal beliefs. As Fraser goes deep and deeper on the case, He has the difficult goal to convinced the jury that Reece is legally sane. Although Reece seems to be criminally insane. But Fraser and Reece do have one thing in common:Sometimes a life must be taken.
Directed by Oscar-Winner:William Friedkin (Bug, Deal of the Century, The Exorcist) made an interesting thriller with elements of horror and court-room drama. Barely released in the fall of 1992, since it was originally filmed in 1986 and 1987. It was released mostly in Europe. Because the studio, who produced the film "DEG" went bankrupt. Since "DEG" produced flop after flop. Perphas their most memorable films produced was "Blue Velvet" and "Evil Dead 2", although it came out in an phony Disturbution company...since "DEG" couldn't released an Unrated film.
It taken me years to finally found this movie, since i read an article on this movie in Fangoria back in 1992. I truly wanted to see this movie and i finally order it on eBay on VHS. Since it's never been released on DVD and the new digital video format:Blu-ray. McArthur is the best thing about the movie, he is extremely creepy in a memorable underrated performance. Mc Arthur's role is chillingly effective. Biehn is also good in this movie. "Rampage" is a strong movie, very rough at times, even the Court-Room sequences are admittedly powerful.
If "Rampage" has flaws...The third act, when Reece escapes from the Police Van. It seems to be coming from an different movie. The movie could have use more back story from Reece's character. The ending seems rushed. Although Friedkin changed the ending for the brief limited release back in 1992, when Miramax Films finally brought the right for theatrical release and video release. Only the original ending was seen in European Version. Even the back cover of Paramount VHS Cover, there's two scenes are not in the movie. When Fraser goes to the graveyard to visit his child's grave and When Reece is visited by his mother in jail.
Overall "Rampage" is a very good movie, it is the least seen from Friedkin's work and i would love to see this movie be released on DVD and Blu-ray with an running commentary track by the director, deleted scenes and the original ending. If you were curious to see this movie for years, try to find it on VHS and LaserDisc. Screenplay by the director from an book from William P. Wood. An quiet, bleak music score by Ennio Morricone (John Carpenter's The Thing, Once Upon a Time in America, The Untouchables). (****/*****).
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