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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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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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23 June 1972 (USA)  »

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Ben, la rata asesina  »

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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Danny: [singing] 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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Ben's Song
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First Time a Horror Villain Made Me Cry
3 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those films that you hear about for years but never get the chance to see. I've been aching to see this for ages, but never came across it until recently. It's not a bad little piece of early '70s horror, really. Actually, I only have two major gripes: First, the kid. He made me want to feed him to the rats for the majority of the film. The strange marionette obsession, the circus-like songs he 'wrote', the annoying heavy breathing when he'd supposedly overexerted himself....the kid's weird and in a male-Shirley-Temple kind of way. He's creepier than Ben ever thought about being. But I suppose it was meant to make his outcast status believable, in which case it works beautifully. No other kid in their right mind would hang out with Danny! My second gripe is with the climax of the film. Frankly, it just runs on too bloody long. Seems like watching the same scene over and over for twenty minutes, which is monotonous. Aside from these two small quibbles, I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed 'Ben'. I've never had a horror villain make me cry before, but Ben not only had me all weepy at the end but I was rooting for him pretty much the whole movie. He's just so darn cute!


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