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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.

Director:

Phil Karlson

Writers:

Stephen Gilbert (characters), Gilbert Ralston (as Gilbert A. Ralston)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lee Montgomery ... Danny Garrison (as Lee Harcourt Montgomery)
Joseph Campanella ... Cliff Kirtland
Arthur O'Connell ... Billy Hatfield
Rosemary Murphy ... Beth Garrison
Meredith Baxter ... Eve Garrison
Kaz Garas ... Joe Greer
Paul Carr ... Kelly
Richard Van Vleet ... Reade
Kenneth Tobey ... Engineer
James Luisi ... Ed
Lee Paul Lee Paul ... Carey
Norman Alden ... Policeman
Scott Garrett Scott Garrett ... Henry Gray
Arlen Stuart Arlen Stuart ... Mrs. Gray
Ric Drasin ... George (as Richard Drasin)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ben, la rata asesina See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bing Crosby Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Stark Raving Dad (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Start the Day
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Walter Scharf
Sung by Lee Montgomery (uncredited) while playing with marionettes
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Touching Movie
2 February 2001 | by daradSee all my reviews

I just love this movie so much. It had such a loving story of a friendship between a boy and his new friend a rodent named Ben. I am a very big rodent fan and cried at the end when Ben was hurt. I also saw the movie "Willard" which is where Ben was first introduced. I can't understand why anyone would dislike a movie like this one. If you didn't like this movie then you are a person with no heart and didn't get the meaning of the story behind the movie. I could watch this movie over and over again and still feel the same way every time and that is touched by the love the two characters shared. I give this movie a high 10 and recommend it to everyone!


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