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Ben (1972)

PG | | Horror, Thriller | 23 June 1972 (USA)
A lonely boy befriends Ben, the leader of a violent pack of killer rats.

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Complete credited cast:
... Danny Garrison (as Lee Harcourt Montgomery)
... Cliff Kirtland
... Billy Hatfield
... Beth Garrison
... Eve Garrison
... Joe Greer
... Kelly
... Reade
... Engineer
... Ed
Lee Paul ... Carey
... Policeman
Scott Garrett ... Henry Gray
Arlen Stuart ... Mrs. Gray
... George (as Richard Drasin)
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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. Written by Johnny P

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For the Summer of '72 See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Ben, la rata asesina  »

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Syracuse, New York actress Mary Snell had a female rat as a pet that looked so much like the title character in this movie that she named it Ben. See more »

Goofs

When Beth and Eve discuss their concern about David, the daughter turns her head towards her mom twice. See more »

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Danny Garrison: [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.
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Referenced in Scandal: YOLO (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Ben's Song
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Walter Scharf
Sung and played on piano and harmonica by Lee Montgomery (uncredited)
Sung by Michael Jackson during the final scene and end credits
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Ben rules
11 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

OK I'm a sucker for a good b movie,and i loved this movie,better then the first one;Willard.well this time the fleeing rats led by Ben end up underneath the city storm drains.Ben then befriends a terminally sick boy played by Lee H Montgomery,who helps him.this time the rat army is much bigger.i wont reveal the ending but its a rather good one.the rest of the cast is very good,Meredith Baxter as the boys sister,Joe Campenella is the cop in charge,and Arthur O'Connell is the pushy newspaper reporter.Ben and his fellow rats should've received awards for their performance.and don't forget this features the late Micheal Jackson song called Ben.i call this a friendship between a boy and a rat.i recommend this movie to all fans of the horror genre.8 out of 10


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