A social misfit uses his only friends, his pet rats, to exact revenge on his tormentors.

Director:

Daniel Mann

Writers:

Gilbert Ralston (screenplay) (as Gilbert A. Ralston), Stephen Gilbert (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bruce Davison ... Willard Stiles
Sondra Locke ... Joan
Elsa Lanchester ... Henrietta Stiles
Ernest Borgnine ... Martin
Michael Dante ... Brandt
Jody Gilbert ... Charlotte Stassen
William Hansen ... Barskin
John Myhers John Myhers ... Carlson
J. Pat O'Malley ... Jonathan Farley
Joan Shawlee ... Alice
Almira Sessions ... Carrie Smith
Pauline Drake Pauline Drake ... Ida Stassen
Helen Spring Helen Spring ... Mrs. Becker
Alan Baxter ... Walter Spencer
Sherry Presnell Sherry Presnell ... Mrs. Spencer
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Storyline

A social misfit, Willard is made fun of by his co-workers, and squeezed out of the company started by his deceased father by his boss. His only friends are a couple of rats he raised at home, Ben and Socrates. (And their increasing number of friends) However, when one of them is killed at work, he goes on a rampage using his rats to attack those who have been tormenting him. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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This is Willard and his friend Ben. Ben will do anything for Willard. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Announced under the title "Ratman's Notebooks", the title of the novel on which it is based. See more »

Goofs

When Willard goes to the sink to add water to the poison, you can see the rat wranglers shadow as he reaches to remove Ben from the center island. See more »

Quotes

Willard Stiles: Tear him up!
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Connections

Referenced in Murphy Brown: A Rat's Tale (1995) See more »

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RATMAN'S NOTEBOOKS
30 March 2002 | by poe426See all my reviews

Made the mistake of reading the book before seeing the movie; the movie, as a consequence, couldn't possibly live up to my expectations. Nor did it. But that's not a put-down. While there were some things that irked me (the mother rat's humble "thanks" at one point, the rubber rats all too much in evidence at the birthday party, etc.), Bruce Davidson and Ernest Borgnine deliver solid performances that help keep one focused on the twisted relationships that are the core of this film. (Elsa Lanchester as Willard's mewling mother also deserves mention.) I don't know how this one would hold up today, but, back in 1971, it was a must-see.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ratman's Notebooks See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$19,216,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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