“Rampart” (purchase via Amazon) is a movie, starring Woody Harrelson, adapted from the actual LAPD Rampart scandal from the 1990s. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011 and was distributed in theaters on a limited release. It’s time to update your Netflix queues and start stalking your closest Redbox because “Rampart” is scheduled for a DVD/Blu-Ray release on May 15, 2012 via Millenium Media.
Entertainment Weekly called it, “Terrific: Tense, Shocking, Complex, Mesmerizing.”
“Rampart” was a 2011 official selection for:
Woody Harrelson received an Independent Spirit Awards nomination for Best Male Lead in “Rampart”
You may recall that I had the pleasure of featuring Sammy Boyarsky who starred alongside Woody Harrelson and played one of his daughters in the film (see “Sammy Boyarsky stars alongside Woody Harrelson in ‘Rampart’“).
VIDEO: Trailer for “Rampart”
(can’t view from you mobile phone? click here to be taken directly to YouTube.)
Watch The Electric Playground’s Behind the Scenes video/cover story for “Rampart” - CLICK HERE.
Per the press release:
LOS ANGELES (March 21, 2012) – Two?time Academy Award® nominee, Woody Harrelson (“Hunger Games,” “The Messenger”) leads an all-star cast in the gritty drama, “Rampart” coming to Blu-ray, DVD and Combo Pack with Digital Copy May 15th from Millennium Entertainment. Officer Dave Brown (Harrelson) asserts his own code of justice, often blurring the lines between right and wrong. But when he takes it too far, he soon finds himself in a personal and emotional downward spiral internalizing his fear, anguish and paranoia as his world – complete with two ex-wives who are sisters, two daughters, an aging mentor dispensing bad advice, investigators galore, and a series of seemingly random women – starts making less and less sense.
The film also stars Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Moneyball”), Steve Buscemi (TV’s “Boardwalk Empire,” “Youth in Revolt”), Sigourney Weaver (“Avatar,” “Alien”), Ben Foster (“The Mechanic,” “3:10 to Yuma”), Anne Heche (“Cedar Rapids, TV’s “Hung,” “Men in Trees”), Ice Cube (“21 Jump Street,” “Barbershop”), Ned Beatty (“Rango,” “Shooter”), Cynthia Nixon (TV’s “The Big C,” “Sex in the City” franchise) and Brie Larson (“21 Jump Street,” TV’s “The United States of Tara”). Bonus features include interviews with the cast and crew as well as behind-the-scenes featurettes. “Rampart” will be available on Blu-ray ($29.99 SRP), DVD ($28.99 SRP; also available with Digital Copy) and Combo Pack with Digital Copy ($34.99 SRP).
VIDEO: “Rampart” movie clips
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At the heart of Oren Moverman’s “Rampart” is a riveting parable about what happens to a man who refuses to change, even when change is the only thing that can save him. That man is Dave Brown (Woody Harrelson). Set in the 1990s, when scandal rocked the LAPD’s Rampart division, the film hones in on a single fictional cop: Dave Brown, a man who has taken the “no guts, no glory” American mythos to heart, without questioning what it is doing to him and those he holds dear. He is a cop whose personal life is propelled into a dizzying downward spiral when he comes under suspicion for roughing up a suspect. More than just a police officer who plays things fast and loose, Brown exposes the inner workings of a certain type of personality everyone recognizes around them, a personality very much part of American culture, yet not often examined. He is the kind of man inexorably drawn to authority and power, yet seems destined to abuse it; a man who has dreams of being a great masculine hero, yet is beholden to women; who has undeniable charm, yet whose stubborn refusal to take responsibility for his actions becomes a destructive force against family, community and ultimately himself.
Bonus features include:
- Interviews with Cast and Crew
- Behind the Scenes Featurettes
Rampart – Basics
- Street Date: May 15, 2012
- Pre-Order Date: April 10, 2012
- Rating: R
- Running Time: 107 minutes
- Subtitles: English SDH & Español
Rampart – Blu-ray
- SRP: $29.99
- Cat # & UPC: ME?13556 / 687797135568
Rampart – DVD
- SRP: $28.99
- Cat # & UPC: ME?13558 / 687797135582
- With Digital Copy – Cat # & UPC: ME?13559 / 687797135599
Rampart – Combo Pack plus Digital Copy
- SRP: $34.99
- Cat # & UPC: ME?13554 / 687797135544
About Millennium Entertainment
Led by CEO Bill Lee, Millennium Entertainment is a leading independent supplier that acquires and distributes feature films. Formed in 2010 and bolstered by a seasoned staff which includes marketing and distribution veterans Brooke Ford and Andy Gruenberg, recent releases from Millennium include Schumacher’s thriller Trespass, starring Academy Award® winners Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman; Oren Moverman’s Rampart, co-written by Moverman and acclaimed crime fiction writer James Ellroy, starring Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster, Robin Wright, Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi, Anne Heche, Cynthia Nixon, Ice Cube, Brie Larson, and Ned Beatty; and High Road (VOD, DVD and digital release), directed by Matt Walsh, a co-founding member of world-renowned comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade, and starring Lizzy Caplan, Abby Elliot, Ed Helms, Rob Riggle, Horatio Sanz and Zach Woods.
In 2012 ME will distribute Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s (28 Weeks Later, the upcoming Highlanders) haunting thriller Intruders starring Clive Owen and Carice Van Houten from a screenplay by Nicolás Casariego and Jaime Marques; Richard Linklater’s Bernie, co-written by Skip Hollandsworth and Linklater, starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey; A Little Bit of Heaven, Nicole Kassel’s romantic drama/comedy, featuring an all-star cast led Academy Award® nominee Kate Hudson with Academy Award® winners Kathy Bates and Whoopi Goldberg as well as Gael Garcia Bernal; and Little Birds, starring Juno Temple and Kay Panabaker, with Leslie Mann and Kate Bosworth. At Sundance, the company recently acquired the thriller Red Lights, written and directed by Rodrigo Cortés, and featuring an all-star cast led by Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Toby Jones, Joely Richardson, Elizabeth Olsen, Craig Roberts, Leonardo Sbaraglia and Adriane Lenox.
- Ifelicious Thoughts- Sammy Boyarsky stars alongside Woody Harrelson in ‘Rampart’
- Interview Magazine- Above: Oren Moverman
- Examiner- ‘Rampart’ movie review: Woody Harrelson excels as a cop going rogue
- DigBoston- RAMPART: Enlightenment through police brutality
- Chicago Tribune- Police story charts a slide downhill for a rogue copy in ‘Rampart’
- TNT Magazine- Film reviews: Rampart and Safe House
- Radical Notion(s)- ‘Rampart’ movie review
- CBS Philly- Movie review: ‘Rampart’
- Rolling Stone- ‘Rampart’ (movie review)
- Laughing Squid- Rampart movie poster campaign features Woody Harrelson as a cop beating a man
- Just Press Play- Rampart review