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Ben (1972)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  23 June 1972 (USA)
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A lonely boy becomes good friends with Ben, a rat. This rat is also the leader of a pack of vicious killer rats, killing lots of people.

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Joseph Campanella ...
Cliff Kirtland
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Bill Hatfield
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Beth Garrison
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Eve Garrison
Kaz Garas ...
Joe Greer
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Kelly
Richard Van Vleet ...
Reade
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Henry Gray
Arlen Stuart ...
Mrs. Gray
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George (as Richard Drasin)
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A lonely boy becomes good friends with Ben, a rat. This rat is also the leader of a pack of vicious killer rats, killing lots of people. Written by Homme A. Piest <piest@pobox.leidenuniv.nl>

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Where 'WILLARD' ended... Ben begins. And this time, he's not alone!

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Horror | Thriller

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One of Michael Jackson's favorite songs, featured on his second solo album at age 14, "Ben", was played in the movie over the closing credits. It was written for the movie by Don Black and composed by Walter Scharf. See more »

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When Beth and Eve discuss their concern about David, the daughter turns her head towards her mom twice. See more »

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Danny: [crying] You'll get well, Ben, and I'll get well. We'll get well, Ben
[places Ben on a handkerchief]
Danny: We'll get well, Ben. No one's gonna hurt one of my friends. No, sir.
[gets out first aid kit, grabs a cotton swab and gently rubs it against Ben's wound]
Danny: You're the only friend I have. I love you, Ben.
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Referenced in Scandal: YOLO (2013) See more »

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Ben's Song
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Walter Scharf
Sung by Michael Jackson
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10 Out of 10 If You Love Rats
27 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is a shame that this film has not been re-released on DVD. The VHS costs hundreds of dollars, presumably because of the Michael Jackson theme song. And yes, the theme song is wonderful. But not as wonderful as the love story between a rat, Ben and a human boy, Danny.

This was released decades ago as a horror film, but the only thing horrifying about it is the way that the humans lose their humanity when confronted by rodents who are just trying to survive.

If you love rats, you will be delighted by all the scenes of rats doing what they like to do best---eating, grooming and cuddling. If you have a rat phobia, I would stay away from this one.


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