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Rampage (1987)

Liberal district attorney decides to seek the death penalty for a man who slaughtered a family at Christmastime, then drank their blood. He escapes, though, and starts killing again.

Director:

William Friedkin

Writers:

William P. Wood (novel), William Friedkin (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Biehn ... Anthony Fraser
Alex McArthur ... Charlie Reece
Nicholas Campbell ... Albert Morse
Deborah Van Valkenburgh ... Kate Fraser
John Harkins ... Dr. Keddie
Art LaFleur ... Mel Sanderson
Billy Green Bush ... Judge McKinsey (as Billy Greenbush)
Royce D. Applegate ... Gene Tippetts
Grace Zabriskie ... Naomi Reece
Carlos Palomino Carlos Palomino ... Nestode
Roy London Roy London ... Dr. Paul Rudin
Donald Hotton ... Dr. Leon Gables
Andy Romano ... Spencer Whalen
Patrick Cronin ... Harry Bellenger
Roger Nolan Roger Nolan ... Dr. Roy Blair
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Storyline

Liberal district attorney decides to seek the death penalty for a man who slaughtered a family at Christmastime, then drank their blood. He escapes, though, and starts killing again. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

Do you set a killer free because he's insane, or kill him because he's not? See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for scenes of strong violence | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rampage See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$322,500, 1 November 1992

Gross USA:

$796,368

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$796,368
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Due to legal complications, this film wasn't shown theatrically in America until several years after its European debut. It was released on laserdisc in Japan sometime in 1990, and these copies were imported to the United States. See more »

Goofs

During the amusement/fair scene, when the little boy is being held and throwing ping-pong balls into the cups, my wife and I walk by staring straight into the camera! (filmed in my then hometown) See more »

Quotes

Charlie Reece: [before killing one of his victims] I'm sorry!
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Crazy Credits

This film has no opening credits or title. Only the Miramax logo appears at the beginning. See more »

Alternate Versions

Originally shot in 1987; after premiering in some European countries, the film was shelved when production studio DEG went bankrupt and sat unreleased for five years. In 1992 director William Friedkin re-edited the movie and slightly altered the ending (supposedly because in the meantime his feelings about the death penalty had changed) before its USA release. The European video versions usually feature the original ending. See more »

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Thought-provoking drama
11 August 1998 | by Erwin-6See all my reviews

Simply put this is a great movie. And one that was years ahead it's time dealing with the now so popular "serial killer" theme. But most interesting about the movie is the way it makes you think about the moral aspects of the death penalty. Friedkin simply shows and lets the viewer make up his /her own mind about it. That's why it succeeds: it doesn't want to teach you a moral lesson or oversimplify like most Hollywood fare does. And on top of that it has a wonderful Ennio Morricone score.


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