A woman becomes furious when her husband arrives home from the local pub and turns into a rat.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Conchita Flynn
Andrew Lovern ...
Pius Flynn
Marietta Flynn
Hubert Flynn
Veronica Duffy ...
Alfie ...
Mickey the Dog
Peter Caffrey ...
Rita Hamill ...
Estate Woman
Roxanna Nic Liam ...
Hopscotch Child (as Roxanna Williams)
The Doctor


Dublin deliveryman Hubert Flynn feels peaked. Home from the pub, he lies down; while his nagging wife Conchita looks on, he turns into a rat. She's chafed at how inconsiderate he is: hardly touching his food the next morning and leaving droppings on the good doilies. With curiosity seekers outside the flat and a writer at the door offering to help Conchita turn her story into a book, she calls a family meeting. Her seminary-bound son Pius wants to kill the rat; other family members are ambivalent. They opt to hurl Hubert over the fence of a maggot farm. Christmas approaches; an exorcism is in the cards, and the book becomes the Holy Grail. What of Hubert's conversion? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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rat | book | pub | writer | maggot | See All (130) »


He might eat maggots and live in a cage but he's still our Dad

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Rated PG for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

6 October 2000 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Esse Rato É um Espanto  »

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Opening Weekend:

$1,815 (USA) (27 April 2001)


$2,501 (USA) (4 May 2001)

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[first lines]
Hubert: Seventy years ago, me grandfather, Hubert Flynn Foster, set out from his home in the County Wexford, and joining north over the hills and valleys of Whitlock, until he came to Dublin City.
Hubert: I remember once, when I was a chiseler, he caught me whittlin' up against the wall. And he told me if I behaved like a dog, I might turn into a dog. And then he was off on one of his old yarns about people he knew that turned into goats and weasels. Of course we ran afoul, he said, of more than ...
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A witty and surreal Irish comedy
14 July 2000 | by (Galway, Ireland) – See all my reviews

How many Irish films can succeed without resorting to "faith an' begorrah" cliches? RAT doesn't. Veteran writer Wesley Burrowes has written a wildly whimsical moral tale that laughs in the face of miserable, self-pitying Irish drama with his story of the tragedy that befalls a home which the man of the house turns into a rodent. Beautifully balancing the bizarre and the mundane, this is a film that the great Irish humourist Flann O'Brien could have made. The performances are great (including the rat, courtesy of Jim Henson's company) and the cast includes Pete Postletwaite (In The Name of the Father, Brassed Off, etc), Imelda Staunton (Shakespeare in Love, Sense and Sensibility, etc), Frank Kelly (best known as 'Father Jack'), Niall Toibin (in rattling good form as the priest) and comedian Ed Byrne (although his role is a minor one, and, oddly, he doesn't get any good lines). The soundtrack by Bob Geldof and Pete Briquette perfectly capture the mock-horror of the storyline. The details of the story? Go and see it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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