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Willard (2003)

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

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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 (88) »

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When the cat's away, the rats will play. See more »


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

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14 March 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vingança de Willard  »

Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$56,652 (Hong Kong) (9 May 2003)

Gross:

$107,689 (Hong Kong) (16 May 2003)
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The movie prominently features the song "Ben" by Michael Jackson, this song was written specifically for the movie Ben (1972), which is the sequel to the original Willard (1971). See more »

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When Willard is in his father's study he is crying. As he continues to look at his father's things, the tears appear and disappear and re-appear when he picks up Socrates and holds him to his face. See more »

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Willard's Mother: Willard! There are rats in the basement!
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Second Unit Chef Dave Carlson's credit is listed as: Cater to the Stars...DAVID CARLSON See more »

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Written by Walter Scharf and Don Black
Performed by Crispin Glover (as Crispin Hellion Glover)
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A Weird Tale About Loneliness, Friendship, Greed and Revenge
28 March 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Willard Stiles (Crispin Glover) is a lonely and deranged man living in an old mansion with his sick mother Henrietta Stiles (Jackie Burroughs). His father committed suicide after losing his own company to his former partner and friend Frank Martin (R. Lee Ermey). Due to a clause in the selling contract, Willard can not be fired from his job while his mother is alive. However, Frank abuses of Willard, humiliating and spending a horrible treatment with him in front of his colleagues. The basement of Willard's house is infested of rats and mice, and Willard capture a beautiful white mouse in a trap. Willard rescues the mouse, calls him Socrates and becomes his friend. Socrates is a leader and the other rats obey him, except the huge Ben. The animals are trained by Willard, who uses them for his revenge. This weird tale about loneliness, friendship, greed and revenge has the same style of most Tim Burton's movies. It is a black comedy very dark, quite gothic, having weird characters, but great performances and good effects. Although dealing with a nasty theme (rats and mice), it is not a disgusting film. It is not recommended for all audiences, but I liked it a lot. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): `A Vingança de Willard' (`The Revenge of Willard')


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