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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 The Birds (1963) See more »

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13 May 2004 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Has anyone seen the DVD reviews on this!?! They're out of this world, and for good reason, as it's an excellent film! Almost every major DVD publication that I happened to come across reviewed the Willard DVD as one of their top 10 DVD's for 2003 - in the same category as the Lord of the Rings, Matrix, and Alien boxed sets. I've got to think that the Year of the Rat documentary is one of the major reasons for that, considering that those same publications unanimously called it one of the best making-of documentaries ever made (some even went so far to say it was possibly the best). Congratulations to New Line Cinema and the the creators of this film for making such a revealing, interesting, and honest exploration of the film making process. I highly recommend it. It sets an entirely new standard for a behind-the-scenes making-of documentary. I wish they were all this good!

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