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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.

Director:

Oren Moverman
3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Harrelson ... David Douglas Brown
Jon Bernthal ... Dan Morone
Stella Schnabel Stella Schnabel ... Jane
Jon Foster ... Michael Whittaker
Ben Foster ... General Terry
Ruben Garfias ... Pharmacy Security Guard
Deadlee ... Pharmacy Punk
Dominic Flores ... Latino Detective
Matt McTighe ... 30-Year-Old Cop
Cynthia Nixon ... Barbara
Anne Heche ... Catherine
Brie Larson ... Helen
Sammy Boyarsky Sammy Boyarsky ... Margaret
Billy Hough Billy Hough ... Piano Player
Audra McDonald ... Sarah
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Storyline

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

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Brudny glina See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,446, 12 February 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$969,239, 6 May 2012
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A "Klub Satan" is also featured in the 1987 novel 'The Black Dhalia', written by James Ellroy (as "Club Satan"). James Ellroy is a co-writer of this film. See more »

Goofs

Dave Brown tells Kyle, who tailed him to a shrimp shack, that "all the Founding Fathers owned slaves." Not True. Second U.S. President John Adams owned a farm, but never owned slaves. See more »

Quotes

Hartshorn: [to Dave] You know, when you first came into the department I wasn't certain whether or not you were the dumbest rookie ever, or the most bullheaded. I'm still debating it.
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References Law & Order (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Rocio A
Written by Liza Carbe and Jean Pierre Durand
Courtesy of APM Music
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'Bear in mind that I am not a racist. Fact is, I hate all people equally.'
16 May 2012 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

This film would be almost intolerable were it not for the fact that it is based on incidents that happened in 1999 in the Rampart Division of the LAPD, incidents still unresolved. Writer James Ellroy examined the corruption of the police force and came up with this quasi-true story. According to Ellroy, 'I am a master of fiction. I am also the greatest crime writer who ever lived. I am to the crime novel in specific what Leo Tolstoy is to the Russian novel and what Ludwig van Beethoven is to music.' What happens on the screen in this film is best viewed with a bit of Xanax on board along with an anti-nausea medication. Oren Moverman co-wrote the screenplay and directs.

David Douglas Brown (Woody Harrelson in a one man powerhouse of a performance) is a veteran Los Angeles police officer, one of the last of the renegade cops who works out of the Rampart Division. Dave is misogynistic, racist, brutally violent, egotistical womanizer, yet he defends himself against many of these accusations as he says that his hate is equal opportunity. Though unlawful, he uses intimidation and brutal force to defend his worldview. The most notorious of his actions is his 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 (Cynthia Nixon) and Catherine (Anne Heche) - 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 with the likes of Sarah (Audra McDonald) and Linda (Robin Wright). His informer is retired officer Hartshorn (Ned Beatty) and street person General Terry (Ben Foster). His boss is Joan Confrey (Sigourney Weaver) who attempts to cover Dave's past deeds but ultimately must face the true rascallion he is. When Dave is caught on video brutally beating a man who accidentally ran into his police car he is faced with decisions that uncover not only his misdeeds but those of his fellow workers.

The cast is filled with fine support (Jon Foster, Ice Cube, Steve Buscemi, et al) who have very little to do, but Harrelson is in every frame obnoxiously smoking cigarettes in a chain smoker fashion. There is not real storyline to follow; we just are forced to watch the wretched life of a disgustingly bad cop with just enough slightly good virtues to keep us with him. As Catherine states, 'You know what I think? I think you were a dirty cop from day one. You were a dirty cop with a dirty mind and you dirtied all of us up by default.' And that includes the audience.

Grady Harp


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