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
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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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)


$107,689 (Hong Kong) (16 May 2003)

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Did You Know?


The part of Cathryn was written for director Glen Morgan's wife Kristen Cloke. Cloke got pregnant and had to withdraw. She played a small role as a psychiatrist, though. That scene was cut during post-production, but can be seen on the DVD-release. See more »


The gender of the two main rats, Socrates and Ben change through out the film. In some scenes the rats are male and in others they are female. See more »


[first lines]
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 »


Featured in The Year of the Rat (2003) 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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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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