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
Teamed up to Tear 'em up! [poster for double-feature pairing "Willard" and "Ben"]
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Did You Know?
(1971) was based on the book "Ratman's Notebooks" by Stephen Gilbert
, this sequel only uses the character Ben the rat and has a new story and original screenplay by Gilbert Ralston
, who also wrote the adaptation for the previous film. See more
When Beth and Eve discuss their concern about David, the daughter turns her head towards her mom twice. See more
[singing while showing his Ben marionette to the real rat, Ben
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.
Featured in I Love the '70s: 1972
Start the Day
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Walter Scharf
Sung by Lee Montgomery
(uncredited) while playing with marionettes See more