A lonely boy befriends Ben, the leader of a violent pack of killer rats.



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Complete credited cast:
Cliff Kirtland
Bill Hatfield
Beth Garrison
Eve Garrison
Richard Van Vleet ...
James Luisi ...
Scott Garrett ...
Henry Gray
Arlen Stuart ...
Mrs. Gray
George (as Richard Drasin)


A lonely boy befriends Ben, the leader of a violent pack of killer rats. 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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Release Date:

23 June 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ben, la rata asesina  »

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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 »


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


Danny: [singing] Start the day, oh come along now, Ben. Come on out before I count to ten. If you stay, you will miss all the fun and there's room for everyone.
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Start the Day
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Walter Scharf
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Interesting 70s B-Movie
8 June 2000 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I am a big fan of 70s B-movies, especially those of the horror genre. Anyone interested in the early 70s will find this movie a real treat! While not that scary, it does have a number of interesting features, most notably the title song sung by a very young Michael Jackson. The storyline is quite good, not at all boring, and fans of Meredith Baxter Birney (Family Ties) will enjoy seeing her playing the sister of David. As always, I love seeing the funky clothing and interior design of 70s movies, and Ben features lots of great shots of rooms and furniture, fashions, toys, and automobiles of that era. One of the best "retro" parts is the supermarket, where very clear shots of early 70s boxes of Kellogg's cereals are plainly seen. If you want to be scared, rent something else. But if you want to see a groovy 70s movie, this is a pretty good pick.

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