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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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Complete credited cast:
Danny Garrison (as Lee Harcourt Montgomery)
Beth Garrison
Lee Paul ...
Scott Garrett ...
Henry Gray
Arlen Stuart ...
Mrs. Gray
George (as Richard Drasin)


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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23 June 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ben, la rata asesina  »

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1.85 : 1
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Although Willard (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 »


Danny Garrison: [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.
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Start the Day
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Walter Scharf
Sung by Lee Montgomery (uncredited) while playing with marionettes
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10 Out of 10 If You Love Rats
27 February 2013 | by 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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