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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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Teamed up to Tear 'em up! [poster for double-feature pairing "Willard" and "Ben"] See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Ben, la rata asesina  »

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The location for the Stiles family home is the Higgins-Verbeck-Hirsch Mansion in the Windsor Square neighborhood of Los Angeles. This was only the third feature film to shoot on the premises. It was built in 1902 for Illinois grain magnate Hiram Higgins at its original location on Wilshire Blvd. at Rampart St. In 1924, the home's new owner, interior designer Howard Verbeck, had it cut into three sections and trucked to its present location on S. Lucerne Blvd. just north of Wilshire. After the Great Depression, it fell into disrepair over a half century of neglect. During this time, it was used as a retirement home for nuns, a mission, a rooming house for aspiring actors, and various offices. In 1986, Perry and Peggy Hirsch rescued the historic mansion and spent years restoring it. In 1988 it was designated Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 403. See more »

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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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Start the Day
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Walter Scharf
Sung by Lee Montgomery (uncredited) while playing with marionettes
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Interesting 70s B-Movie
8 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

I am a big fan of 70s B-movies, especially those of the horror genre. Anyone interested in the early 70s will find this movie a real treat! While not that scary, it does have a number of interesting features, most notably the title song sung by a very young Michael Jackson. The storyline is quite good, not at all boring, and fans of Meredith Baxter Birney (Family Ties) will enjoy seeing her playing the sister of David. As always, I love seeing the funky clothing and interior design of 70s movies, and Ben features lots of great shots of rooms and furniture, fashions, toys, and automobiles of that era. One of the best "retro" parts is the supermarket, where very clear shots of early 70s boxes of Kellogg's cereals are plainly seen. If you want to be scared, rent something else. But if you want to see a groovy 70s movie, this is a pretty good pick.


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