The movie the last rampage

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Last Rampage: The Escape of Gary Tison by James W. Clarke

In late July, 1978 Gary Tison and Randy Greenawalt, both convicted killers, escaped from the Arizona State Prison during broad daylight with the help of Garys three sons. Before being captured less than three weeks later the pair had brutally murdered 6 people, one a small baby. Up until the prison escape Garys sons had never been in trouble, yet they stood by and watched as their father shotgunned a family and honeymooning couple. Why?

This is one of the fundamental questions asked by James W. Clarke in his narrative of the Tison escape: Last Rampage: The Escape of Gary Tison . The book is also a searing indictment of the Arizona Penal system during the seventies. Warden Caldwell had been warned of the planned escape on several occasions, both by Garys brother, Joe, and the Texas police authorities who discovered the escape plan after capturing a pilot during a drug bust. The pilot revealed he was supposed to fly the escapees to Mexico after the breakout.
     Everyone who knew Tison agreed he was a calculating and manipulative individual who could be very persuasive and a master of sycophantic attention to those in authority he needed something from. Here was a man convicted of several armed robberies who had killed a prison guard unnecessarily during an escape (with a gun undoubtedly provided by his wife) and who was suspected of killing several inmates, yet who was allowed to transfer to the minimum security wing of the prison. The family, who saw Tison only briefly for a few months when he was out on parole (promptly violated), created a melange of myth and fantasy nurtured by his wife Dorothy. She always maintained he was imprisoned unjustly, that it was all a frame-up, and that he could never hurt anyone. Gary was totally solicitous toward the boys during that brief time and despite overwhelming evidence they could not see his sociopathological personality. They mistook his shrewdness and manipulative skills for intelligence and sound judgment; his impulsiveness and independence they mistook for courage and integrity; his lack of empathy and toughness they mistook for strength of character. Only when Gary blew the head off the baby did the boys discover how wrong they were. They still failed to leave or stop the bloodletting. Clarke speculates that it has something to do with a trait inherent in most of us: an unquestioning obedience to authority. He cites the 1963 Milgram studies done at Yale where 65% of subjects continued to administer what they believed to be lethal electrical shocks to innocent victims for no other reason than Milgram told them to. It was not a question of right or wrong but subjugation to an authority figure. The situation controlled behavior rather than an individuals morality. An individuals guilt transfers to the authority figure. The boys knew their father was in charge and he was responsible for the killing; they therefore felt no guilt or remorse. I suspect many Nazis felt similarly.
     Ironically, the Tisons probably would have escaped had Gary not been so obsessed with wanting to kill his brother, Joe (another unsavory character), who had informed the authorities about Garys second attempt to obtain an airplane. By wasting time looking for Joe they gave police time to set up a roadblock (actually not intended for the Tisons) which they stumbled on and tried to shoot their way through. The book is an interesting study in motivation and corruption.
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Film Review: ‘Last Rampage: The Escape of Gary Tison’

The film is in its wheelhouse when it sticks to the emotional dysfunction of the gang on the run and follows the shifting allegiances of the brothers as well as the intrusions of the outsider, Randy, whose impulsiveness throws wrenches into already gummed-up works. The Last Rampage , though, stifles the narrative momentum and dilutes the pathos it accrues up to this point by looking away from its main characters in order to tend to a series of half-baked subplots. The sympathetic reporter, Marisa Molly C. Even more frustrating is the waste of Bruce Davison, whose Sheriff Cooper constantly talks to his wife and deputy about how desperately he wants to catch Gary but is never shown actually pursuing the killer or bothering to put together an elaborate plan to apprehend him. While its characters may appear to be, and often behave as, stereotypical rednecks and bumbling small-town cops, the film approaches them not with contempt, but with a bemused kind of empathy, finding a very human vulnerability lurking beneath their strange and oafish behaviors.

Last Rampage is a nonfiction drama film directed by Dwight H. Little. It is based on the book Last Rampage: The Escape of Gary Tison and details the true .
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The true story of the infamous prison break of Gary Tison and Randy Greenwalt from the Arizona State prison in Florence, in the summer of Review by Allison M. I was an infant when this happened, so I had never heard of this story until this movie, and oh man what a heartbreaking story of pure evil. With stories like "Heat" and "Hell or High Water", you feel conflicted about knowing who to root for - the cops or robbers. The true crime nature of this eliminates that naturally, but even as fiction, the message is clear: you want the cops to win. Heather Graham is unrecognizable and does a great job in this role.

It was one of the biggest headline-grabbing crime stories since Bonnie and Clyde. While Tison, along with his three slavishly devoted sons and another hardened inmate, head for Mexico, a crusty old sheriff an unrecognizable Bruce Davison pursues them across the punishing desert in a bleached and blistered landscape of waterless death, beautifully photographed by Rafael Leyva. Based on the book of the same title by James W. Leaving a string of victims along the way in a rampage of brutality before crashing the two roadblocks that ended their reign of terror through the American Southwest, all of them come to a bad end. Tison deserted his sons but died of exposure and starvation a week later.

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