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Ben (1972)

PG | | Horror, Thriller | 23 June 1972 (USA)
A lonely boy befriends Ben, the leader of a violent pack of killer rats.

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Danny Garrison (as Lee Harcourt Montgomery)
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Beth Garrison
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Kelly
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Reade
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James Luisi ...
Ed
Lee Paul ...
Carey
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Policeman
Scott Garrett ...
Henry Gray
Arlen Stuart ...
Mrs. Gray
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George (as Richard Drasin)
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Storyline

A lonely boy named Danny Garrison befriends Ben, the rat leader of the swarm of rats trained by Willard Stiles. Ben becomes the boy's best friend, protecting him from bullying and keeping his spirits up in the face of a heart condition. However, things gradually take a downward turn as Ben's swarm becomes violent, resulting in several deaths. Written by Johnny P

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Teamed up to Tear 'em up! [poster for double-feature pairing "Willard" and "Ben"] See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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23 June 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ben, la rata asesina  »

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Trivia

According to a September 1972 Los Angeles Times news item, the rat playing Ben won a PATSY Award which honors animal performers. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Danny Garrison: [singing while playing with a clown marionette] Start the day, you've been asleep too long. Start the day and sing a happy song. Smile, smile at everyone you meet and dance your way down each street. Oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oom pa pa. Oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oom oom oom oom pa. Start the day, it's time to rise and shine. Off we go, the world is looking fine. Get dressed up, put on your Sunday best. Tomorrow you all can rest.
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Referenced in TV Land Confidential: Music (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Start the Day
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Walter Scharf
Sung by Lee Montgomery (uncredited) while playing with marionettes
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A beautiful touching movie!
14 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

I have pet rats and they are the most sweet and loving creatures. This movie portrayed the love that people can share with rats and it was truly a beautiful movie. Ben was beautiful and Lee was a little cutey too. The lyrics to Ben ring out beautiful and true. This is really a must see for anybody who loves rats or even those who love animals in general. Some people may view this as a horror movie, but it is really soooo much more. A remake of Williard is apparently in the works, so fingers crossed that these wonderful movies will be released on DVD.


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