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.


Oren Moverman
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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


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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Did You Know?


First one of two movies where Woody Harrelson and Brie Larson play father and daughter, respectively, and don't have a good relationship. The second film is The Glass Castle (2017). See more »


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 »


Dave Brown: [giving driving lessons] You aim for the shortest wetback and watch him skedaddle. Plow the dice and the Schlitz Malt Liquor cans. And hit your siren as well. Let's see what we got...
[accelerates into pedestrians]
Dave Brown: [screeches to a halt] You'll get the hang of it.
Jane: Aren't you worried?
Dave Brown: About?
Jane: Getting a 1-28?
Dave Brown: Okay, listen, this is the most important thing I've told you so far. Everything you learned at the academy - bullshit. Illegal is just a sick bird. Just a military occupation, kid. Emergency law. ...
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Dale Brinquintos
Written by Eduardo Hernandez, Alberto Jardin, Ramon Valery
Performed by EB Black
Courtesy of LMS Records
Under License from Latin Music Specialists
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Harrelson's great but Rampart goes nowhere
15 September 2012 | by wewatchedamovie1See all my reviews

Woody Harrelson plays a corrupt cop named "Date Rape" Dave (and for those of you still reading, we continue) who got the moniker not from doing so but rather for allegedly killing someone who did. He also lives in something one can only call a "situation" in which he married sisters (both at different times) had kids with each, divorced each and now insists that they all live under the same two roofs in homes right next to each-other. This leads to an awkward moment in which his daughter actually asks if their family is incest. Dave is also a cop that really likes to beat people down. Not just anyone mind you, everyone. Because he is not racist, he simply hates everyone.

The whole story focuses on Dave trying to beat a charge of victim abuse when a camera catches him beating the daylights out of a perpetrator that hit his car. All the while we watch Dave womanize, take drugs, smoke about two million cigarettes and try to get his two families to love him despite his disturbing life choices.

Despite the disgusting things his character does Harrelson actually makes you feel bad for him in a few fleeting moments. All the while you know he deserves everything he gets and more but it's hard to hate him when he is watching television with his youngest daughter and cannot stop smiling at the thought of her wanting to be near him. The film is also packed with small roles by big names like Steve Buscemi and Sigourney Weaver who spice up the film but don't really add anything memorable.

Harrelson makes the film watchable with an amazing performance and like a train wreck, is hard to take your eyes off. Unfortunately, Rampart is a gritty character study that is more repetition than self discovery. See Dave womanize, disgust his family, say shocking things, beat someone up, get wasted, freak out, rinse and repeat. He gets deeper into trouble with his family and career with each endeavor and never really learns anything from it. By the films end you realize Rampart suffers the same fate as Dave in that it's not going to change its ways and is ultimately headed nowhere. 5/10

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Release Date:

24 February 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,446, 12 February 2012

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2.35 : 1
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