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Willard (2003)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 14 March 2003 (USA)
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A young man with an unusual connection to rats uses them at his own sociopathic will.



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Complete credited cast:
Cathryn (as Laura Elena Harring)
Mrs. Stiles
Ashlyn Gere ...
Ms. Leach (as Kimberly Patton)
William S. Taylor ...
Mr. Garter
Edward Horn ...
Gus Lynch ...
George Foxx
Laara Sadiq ...
Janice Mantis
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Detective Boxer
Officer Salmon


This is the story of Willard Stiles who is a social misfit taking care of his ill and fragile but verbally abusive mother Henrietta in a musty old mansion that is also home to a colony of rats. Willard then finds himself constantly humiliated in front of his co-workers and is eventually fired by his cruel and uncaring boss, Mr. Frank Martin, a vicious man whose professional interest in Willard extends to a personal financial one. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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rat | revenge | work | at work | vermin | See All (90) »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for terror/violence, some sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 March 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vingança de Willard  »

Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,010,593 (USA) (14 March 2003)


$6,852,144 (USA) (4 April 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Willard's mother tells him she should have given him a better name. The meaning of Willard is "Will Brave", the opposite of Willard's skittish demeanor. The name she tries to give him, Clark (i.e. Clerk) is Willard's occupation at Martin-Stiles. See more »


Willard lays out some glue strips to catch the rats. A rat steps on one and gets stuck. When Willard first sees it, the rat is only glued on the bottom 3/4 of its body. Its front legs are free and it is crawling away with its belly and lower legs flattened onto the strip. Then Willard decides to save it. In the next shot of the rat, all four feet are on the glue strip with its belly raised up. It is also in the center of the glue strip whereas before it was hanging off one end of it. See more »


[first lines]
Willard's Mother: Willard! There are rats in the basement!
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Crazy Credits

Second Unit Chef Dave Carlson's credit is listed as: Cater to the Stars...DAVID CARLSON See more »


Referenced in May All Your Christmases Be Black (2007) See more »


Written by Walter Scharf and Don Black
Performed by Crispin Glover (as Crispin Hellion Glover)
Produced by Crispin Glover (as Crispin Hellion Glover) and Robert Haimer
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Strange and different, but not particularly scary
14 March 2003 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

Maybe self-parody isn't such a bad word in the case of Willard. While I will state that the film was funny and interesting to watch, it wasn't nearly as twisted or as scary as it could have been. But then again, it's so damn tough to scare the jaded masses of critics and movie goers anyway. However, I did find this film wildly entertaining, especially the likes of Glenn Morgan and James Wong helming the project, two guys who helped put together The X-Files and Space: Above and Beyond (a truly underrated show). The only downside to this film was the editing. It was sometimes dull, and often did little to help the plot move in a smooth fashion. However, the random close-ups of the rat/wombat "Big Ben" were hillarious, making it look like the rat would actually start talking. Also, I give a big kudos to R. Lee Ermey, who went back to his old Full Metal Jacket days, making him a scary and evil bad guy to focus on. Oh, and Crispin Glover plays the loser role perfectly.

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