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Willard (1971)

GP | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 30 July 1971 (USA)
A social misfit uses his only friends, his pet rats, to exact revenge on his tormentors.

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A social misfit, Willard is made fun of by his co-workers, and squeezed out of the company started by his deceased father by his boss. His only friends are a couple of rats he raised at home, Ben and Socrates. (And their increasing number of friends) However, when one of them is killed at work, he goes on a rampage using his rats to attack those who have been tormenting him. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Ben will do anything for Willard...ANYTHING. See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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30 July 1971 (USA)  »

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$19,216,000 (USA)
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According to Ernest Borgnine's autobiography, they offered him a choice of a higher salary or a percentage of the box office. Borgnine chose a higher salary. See more »

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Willard Stiles: [screaming, just before he is attacked and overrun by the rats] I was good to you, Ben!
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Low-rent character piece/thriller is bolstered by talent on and off the screen...
14 August 2015 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Nervous young lad, living in a dilapidated Los Angeles manor with his nagging mother, befriends the rat population in his backyard, which comes in handy when he needs help committing a robbery or scaring off his enemies. Daniel Mann, the director of "The Rose Tattoo" and "I'll Cry Tomorrow," couldn't have been very happy about directing this venture, yet the low-budget picture grossed over $19 million at the box-office (a huge haul in 1971). It's an unpretentious exercise in masochism, though Mann does attempt to bring out the character drama in Gilbert Ralston's screenplay--and nearly succeeds. Bruce Davison works hard at carving out an original, eccentric creation in our anti-hero, and the tone of the film is surprisingly jaunty, not ugly or excessively downbeat. The film moves at a brisk pace, but doesn't leave the viewer with much to think over at the end. It's a mindless venture designed to give a squeamish audience a few visual jabs, but nothing extra. Followed in 1973 by "Ben". ** from ****


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