A courtroom drama focusing on both the horror of an apparently mad crime and the question of legal insanity, RAMPAGE is based on the real case of Richard Chase and the novel about it by California district attorney William Wood. Despite some ambiguity about the culprit's sanity, the
emphasis in William Friedkin's screenplay is on the grief of the victims' relatives and the plight of the deputy district attorney, normally against the death penalty, who is asking for it in this case.
We first spot Charles Reece (Alex McArthur) wandering through a neat, typical suburban neighborhood and taking note of one particular house. A few days later, having purchased a Luger...