A lonely boy named Danny Garrison befriends Ben, the rat leader of the swarm of rats trained by Willard Stiles. Ben becomes the boy's best friend, protecting him from bullying and keeping his spirits up in the face of a heart condition. However, things gradually take a downward turn as Ben's swarm becomes violent, resulting in several deaths.
For the Summer of '72
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Did You Know?
Although the on-screen opening credits "introduce" child actor Lee Montgomery
, he had previously appeared sixth-billed in the Disney film The Million Dollar Duck
(1971) and a handful of episodes for various television shows. See more
When Beth and Eve discuss their concern about David, the daughter turns her head towards her mom twice. See more
[singing while playing with a clown marionette
Start the day, you've been asleep too long. Start the day and sing a happy song. Smile, smile at everyone you meet and dance your way down each street. Oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oom pa pa. Oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oom oom oom oom pa. Start the day, it's time to rise and shine. Off we go, the world is looking fine. Get dressed up, put on your Sunday best. Tomorrow you all can rest.
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Walter Scharf
Sung and played on piano and harmonica by Lee Montgomery
Sung by Michael Jackson
during the final scene and end credits See more