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The Year of the Rat (2003)

Video  -  Documentary | Horror  -  7 October 2003 (USA)
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Making a studio film is a huge collaborative effort, whether it's an epic period blockbuster or a small horror movie about a lonely man and his pet rat. This is a behind-the-scenes ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Producer
Himself - Director of Photography (as Rob McLachlan)
Himself - Camera Operator
Bill Carraro ...
Himself - Executive Producer
Mark S. Freeborn ...
Himself - Production Designer (as Mark Freeborn)
Himself - Animal Stunt Coordinator
William Shane Grisco ...
Himself - 'Socrates' Trainer (as William Grisco)
Himself - Head Trainer
Jack Hardy ...
Himself - 1st Assistant Director
Himself - Editor
Herself - Actor and Glen Morgan's Wife
Himself - 'Willard Stiles'
Matt Swan ...
Himself - Locations Production Assistant
Julie Ng ...
Herself - The Chick Making This Documentary
Jack Cruikshank ...
Himself - Grip (as Jack Cruickshank)


Making a studio film is a huge collaborative effort, whether it's an epic period blockbuster or a small horror movie about a lonely man and his pet rat. This is a behind-the-scenes documentary that follows the filmmaking process of the feature film, "Willard" through the eyes of a film student, who soon discovers that making movies isn't anywhere near as glamourous as those EPK specials would like the public to believe. "The Year of the Rat" exposes the innards of filmmaking in such a way that even without the glamour, it doesn't make the process any less fascinating or romantic an idea; that we can still find the making of a movie about killer rats an amazing and compulsive act. Written by Anonymous

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7 October 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Jahr der Ratte  »

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this film would never have been made without the belief and support of the amazing Willard crews on either side of the 49th parallel See more »


References Mulholland Drive (2001) See more »

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Great Documentary!
4 January 2004 | by (Colorado, USA) – See all my reviews

This is one of the finest making-of documentaries I've ever seen. I think said it best when they included the Willard DVD as one of their Top Ten DVD picks of 2003 and wrote : "WILLARD. This year's wild card slot goes to...Crispin Glover and a rat named Ben!? A flop during its theatrical release but an instant cult classic, this is a DVD that packs a surprisingly wallop - the most underrated documentary of 2004. "The Year of the Rat" is by turns heartbreaking, hilarious and frightening, and one of the most frank and informative looks ever created on the triumphs and tragedies of making a movie. A real sleeper."

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