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.
Where "WILLARD" ended... BEN begins. And this time, he's not alone!
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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
[crying, as Michael Jackson sings "Ben's Song" in the score
You'll get well, Ben, and I'll get well. We'll get well, Ben.
[places Ben on a handkerchief
We'll get well, Ben. No one's gonna hurt one of my friends. No, sir.
[gets out first aid kit, takes a cotton swab and gently rubs Ben's wound
You're the only friend I have. I love you, Ben.
[Michael Jackson sings final verse of "Ben's Song" as credits roll
Referenced in TV Land Confidential: Music
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