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17 October 1986 (USA) See more »
it's so hard to be different...
Several shady and shallow people try to profit, one after the other, from a physically deformed teenager whose face looks like a snout of a rodent and who lives hidden in a city garbage dump, alone and miserable. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Sondra Locke ... Nikki Morrison

Robert Townsend ... Manny

Christopher Hewett ... Acting Coach

Larry Hankin ... Robert Jewell

Sydney Lassick ... Lee 'Dial-A-Prayer'

Gerrit Graham ... Billy Morrison

Louie Anderson ... Omer Morrison
Sharon Baird ... Ratboy (as S. L. Baird)

Billie Bird ... Psychic

John Witherspoon ... Heavy
Charles Bartlett ... Catullus Cop
Lee de Broux ... Catullus Cop
Jeffrey Josephson ... Catullus Cop

Peter Looney ... Catullus Cop
Tiger Haynes ... Derelict Ralph

Gary Riley ... Bill
Gordon Anderson ... Ratboy (voice)
Nina Blackwood ... MTV Vee-Jay
Damita Jo Freeman ... Louise
Lisa Cloud ... Zu-Zu

Courtney Gains ... Kid in Car
Winifred Freedman ... Girlfriend
Lisa Figueroa ... Trudy

Diane Delano ... Aurora

Brett Halsey ... Mr. Manes
Steve Bassett ... Reporter at Dump
Lloyd Nelson ... Reporter at Dump
Don Sparks ... Cameraman
Durk Pearson ... Merv's Guest
Sandy Shaw ... Merv's Guest

Michael Canavan ... Production Assistant
Theresa DePaolo ... Theatre Reporter
Virginia Peters ... Beggar Woman
Grant Loud ... Diver
Ed Williams ... Lake Reporter
Albert Michel Jr. ... Gang Leader

M.C. Gainey ... Police Officer

Sam Ingraffia ... Studio Guard
Dahlia Pujol ... Singing Bag Lady
Clifford Shegog ... Heavy's Bodyguard

Casey Sander ... Stagehand
Bob Yerkes ... Stagehand

Mike Johnson ... Stagehand

Jon Lovitz ... Party Guest

Bill Maher ... Party Guest

George McGrath ... Party Guest
Diz McNally ... Party Guest (Girl)
Wendi Morrison ... Party Guest

Jonathan Schmock ... Party Guest
Julie Silliman ... Party Guest
James Vallely ... Party Guest

Kathleen Wilhoite ... Party Guest

Karen Lorre ... Party Guest (as Karen Witter)
Don Woodard ... Party Guest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laurette Ben-Nathan ... Reporter (uncredited)

Tim Thomerson ... Alan Reynolds (uncredited)

Directed by
Sondra Locke 
Writing credits
Rob Thompson (written by)

Produced by
Fritz Manes .... producer
Rob Thompson .... associate producer
David Valdes .... associate producer
Original Music by
Lennie Niehaus 
Cinematography by
Bruce Surtees 
Film Editing by
Joel Cox 
Production Design by
Edward C. Carfagno  (as Edward Carfagno)
Set Decoration by
Cloudia Rebar  (as Cloudia)
Costume Design by
Glenn Wright 
Makeup Department
Rick Baker .... designer: Ratboy
Jack Bricker .... makeup crew: Boris, Inc.
Michael Burnett .... makeup crew: Boris, Inc. (as Michael A. Burnett)
Monique DeSart .... hair stylist
Michael Hancock .... makeup artist
James Leonard .... makeup crew: Boris, Inc. (as Jim Leonard)
Leonard MacDonald .... makeup crew: Boris, Inc.
Greg Nelson .... makeup artist: Ratboy
Tony Gardner .... makeup crew: Boris, Inc. (uncredited)
Production Management
Fritz Manes .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
L. Dean Jones Jr. .... second assistant director
David Valdes .... first assistant director
Art Department
Edward Aiona .... property master (as Eddie Aiona)
Mentor Huebner .... production illustrator
Michael Muscarella .... construction coordinator
Mark Rich .... assistant props
Robert E. Sessa .... set designer (as Bob Sessa)
Kenneth L. Westcott .... leadman (as Ken Wstcott)
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... re-recording mixer (as Dick Alexander)
Donald A. Bolger .... boom operator (as Donald L. Bolger)
Juno J. Ellis .... sound effects editor (as Juno Ellis)
Jay Engel .... adr editor
Les Fresholtz .... re-recording mixer
Robert G. Henderson .... sound effects editor (as Bob Henderson)
C. Darin Knight .... sound mixer
Bruce Lacey .... sound effects editor
Greg Morton .... cable person
Alan Robert Murray .... sound effects editor
Vern Poore .... re-recording mixer
Brooke Henderson Ward .... assistant sound editor
Special Effects by
Wayne Edgar .... special effects
Clive R. Kay .... special effects contact lenses
Harold Weed .... creature maker (uncredited)
Michael Adams .... stunts
Doc D. Charbonneau .... stunts (as Doc Charbonneau)
Denise Cheshire .... stunts
Orwin C. Harvey .... stunts
Eddie Hice .... stunts (as Edward Hice)
Larry Holt .... stunts
Mark Isaac .... stunts
Mike Johnson .... stunts
Steve Kelso .... stunts
Carol Neilson .... stunts
George Orrison .... stunts
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt coordinator (as Wayne Van Horn)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunts (as Wayne Van Horn)
Bob Yerkes .... stunts
James Winburn .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ed Ayer .... best boy
Kirk Bales .... dolly grip (as Kirk E. Bales)
Buzz Feitshans IV .... assistant camera
Christopher Dunn George .... assistant camera (as Chris George)
Jack N. Green .... camera operator (as Jack Green)
Leo J. Napolitano .... additional camera operator (as Leo Napolitano)
Marcia Reed .... still photographer
Charles Saldana .... key grip
Bruce D. Spellman .... second grip (as Bruce Spellman)
Baird Steptoe .... assistant camera
Tom Stern .... gaffer
Casting Department
Phyllis Huffman .... casting executive
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Darryl M. Athons .... wardrober: men (as Darryl Athons)
Deborah Hopper .... wardrobe: women (as Deborah Ann Hopper)
Editorial Department
Michael Cipriano .... assistant film editor
Jack Garsha .... color timer
John Morrisey .... assistant film editor
Music Department
George Doering .... musician
Donald Harris .... music editor
Lennie Niehaus .... conductor
Steve Wax .... music coordinator
Christopher Flick .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Keith Dillin .... transportation coordinator
Randy Luna .... driver
Tom Roberts .... transportation captain
Other crew
Marco Barla .... unit publicist
Paul A. Calabria .... animal handler (as Paul Calabria)
Tom Ellison .... assistant: Miss Locke
Judie Hoyt .... assistant to producer
Karin Kew .... animal handler
Linda Sony Kinney .... production secretary
Michael Maurer .... assistant to producer
Michael Maurer .... auditor
Bill McCamey .... first aid nurse
Lloyd Nelson .... script supervisor
Merv Griffin .... special thanks (as Merv Griffin & his Organization)

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Additional Details

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104 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-8 | Iceland:12 | Portugal:M/12 | UK:15 (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:PG-13 | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Debut film as a director for Sondra Locke.See more »
Continuity: During the drive through Hollywood, shots from the driver's side of the car show Hollywood Blvd., but shots from the passenger's side show Sunset Blvd.See more »
Movie Connections:
Tangled Up in YouSee more »


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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Ratboy.... the best dang movie I've ever seen!, 4 September 1999
Author: ( from CA, USA

I can remember seeing Ratboy for the first time as a young lad on TV. I recently rented it and I found that it sucked big time. BUT, I give it props for being funny as hell! The scene when Ratboy picks out his medallion made out of glass still cracks me up. His pimp daddy style is too much for my tolerance! He is just too funny. In retrospect, I find some of Ratboy's qualities embedded in my personality, which is scary. I find myself running away from bright lights, and making whimpering noises such as he does. It's a crazy world out there. Rats, pimps, hookers, and butt-ugly's amazing we're still here. -the ratboy

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