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Rampart (2011)

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Set in 1999 Los Angeles, veteran police officer Dave Brown, the last of the renegade cops, works to take care of his family, and struggles for his own survival.


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Dave Brown is a Los Angeles police officer who works out of the Rampart Division. Dave is misogynistic, racist, brutally violent, egotistical and a womanizer, although he defends himself against many of these accusations as he says that his hate is equal opportunity. However unlawful, he uses intimidation and brutal force to defend his ideals. The most notorious of his actions is purportedly murdering a suspected serial date rapist, which is why he has been given the nickname "Date Rape Dave". He lives with two of his ex-wives - sisters Barbara and Catherine - in an effort to keep family together, namely his two daughters, Helen and Margaret, who each have a different sister as their mother. Dave still maintains a sexual relationship with both sisters - whenever the mood suits any of them - while he openly has other sexual relationships. His life is put under a microscope after he is caught on video brutally beating a person with who he got into an automobile crash. This situation is ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The most corrupt cop you've ever seen on screen.


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, sexual content and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 February 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Brudny glina  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$60,446 (USA) (10 February 2012)


$969,239 (USA) (4 May 2012)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rampart was slated to be the name of the TV series "The Shield" which is a show about a veteran LA cop who goes renegade and becomes increasingly corrupt. See more »


When Brown goes down some stairs into the basement night club, the song playing is "Esther's", by Amon Tobin. The movie is set in 1999, while the song is from Tobin's album Foley Room, released in 2007. See more »


Helen: [to Dave Brown] You're a dinosaur, Date Rape. You're a classic racist, a bigot, a sexist, a womanizer, a chauvinist, a misanthrope, homophobic clearly, or maybe you don't like yourself.
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Written by Tony Hatch
Performed by Billy Hough
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User Reviews

9 May 2012 | by See all my reviews

I had no idea what this was based on before I went in to watch it. Everyone (well many) were raving about Woody Harrelsons performance. But the feeling I got from the movie, the vibe it has, does remind one of James Ellroy. Especially if you have read one of his novels (which conveniently enough I just had finished one).

What you have to accept (if you can), is the fact, that this is a very dark miserable, but strangely endearing person. The character Woodys playing does not feel he's doing anything wrong. And you have to admire the honesty (he doesn't pretend, he's a straight shooter). Sometimes you may admire him, sometimes you may hate him. But you cannot say that he is fake.

Having said that, this matter will decide if you like or hate the movie. It's not really an easy movie at all. I wouldn't dare calling the watching experience as pleasant, but it sure was something incredible!

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