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.
Teamed up to Tear 'em up! [poster for double-feature pairing "Willard" and "Ben"]
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Did You Know?
's theme "Ben's Song", played during the final scene and end credits, was one of his favorite songs. It was written for the movie by lyricist Don Black
and composer Walter Scharf
. It was also the title track on Jackson's second solo album, released just before his 14th birthday, and became a #1 pop hit. See more
When Beth and Eve discuss their concern about David, the daughter turns her head towards her mom twice. See more
[singing while showing his Ben marionette to the real rat, Ben
Start the day, oh come along now, Ben. Come on out, before I count to ten. If you stay, you will miss all the fun and there's room for everyone.
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