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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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Charlotte Stassen
William Hansen ...
Barskin
John Myhers ...
Carlson
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Jonathan Farley
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Alice
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Carrie Smith
Pauline Drake ...
Ida Stassen
Helen Spring ...
Mrs. Becker
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Sherry Presnell ...
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Storyline

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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This is the *one* movie you should not see alone. See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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30 July 1971 (USA)  »

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Ratman's Notebooks  »

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$19,216,000
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Announced under the title "Ratman's Notebooks", the title of the novel on which it is based. See more »

Goofs

Toward the end of the movie when Willard is in the kitchen with Ben preparing to poison the rats you can see the image of the rat wrangler putting Ben on the kitchen counter in the reflection of the glass cabinet. See more »

Quotes

Willard Stiles: Tear him up!
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Rats ...or staR?
18 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

This movie scared the pants off me as a kid - literally! Now I like rat movies as much as the next guy, but this one was CREEEEEPY! I suppose it was Ernest Borgnine's performance as Mr. Martin, Willard's boss, that made the whole movie so disturbing. It's so creepy because it's true! I once had a boss who reminded me of Ernest Borgnine, but fortunately I never tried to bring my pet rat to work with me!

Anyway, here's my advice - if you like rat movies, or movies with Ernest Borgnine, then see "Willard" tonight. If you DON'T like Ernest Borgnine and you DON'T like rat movies, then maybe "Willard" is not for you. I don't want to give any more of the plot away, but IF you do decide to watch "Willard", make sure you don't see it alone!


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