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A lonely boy befriends Ben, the leader of a violent pack of killer rats.

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Danny Garrison (as Lee Harcourt Montgomery)
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Cliff Kirtland
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Billy Hatfield
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Beth Garrison
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Eve Garrison
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Joe Greer
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Kelly
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Reade
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Engineer
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Ed
Lee Paul ...
Carey
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Policeman
Scott Garrett ...
Henry Gray
Arlen Stuart ...
Mrs. Gray
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George (as Richard Drasin)
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Ben (uncredited)
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Willard Stiles (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Police Officer (uncredited)
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Observer on Sidewalk (uncredited)
Bern Hoffman ...
Truck Driver (uncredited)
John Rayner ...
Hydrex Pest Controller (uncredited)
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Fireman Covered with Rats (uncredited)
Hunter von Leer ...
Police officer with camera (uncredited)

Directed by

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Phil Karlson

Written by

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Stephen Gilbert ... (characters)
 
Gilbert Ralston ... (written by) (as Gilbert A. Ralston)

Produced by

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Joel Briskin ... associate producer
Mort Briskin ... producer
Charles A. Pratt ... executive producer

Music by

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Walter Scharf

Cinematography by

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Russell Metty

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Harry Gerstad ... (as Henry Gerstad)

Editorial Department

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Susumu Asano ... digital intermediate restoration colourist (uncredited)

Casting By

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Irving Lande

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Rolland M. Brooks

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Antony Mondello

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Ray Harp
Mina Mittelman

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Hazel Washington ... hair stylist
Jack H. Young ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Floyd Joyer ... unit production manager
John Pommer ... executive in charge of production operations
Houseley Stevenson Jr. ... post-production supervisor
John Pommer ... vice president in charge of production (uncredited)

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Craig Huston ... dga trainee
Floyd Joyer ... assistant director

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Ed Shanley ... construction coordinator

Sound Department

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David Dockendorf ... sound recordist
James J. Klinger ... sound editor
Leon M. Leon ... sound recordist

Stunts

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Craig R. Baxley ... stunts
Bob Minor ... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele ... stunts (uncredited)

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Calvin Maehl ... gaffer: second unit
Earl C. Williman ... gaffer

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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Jack K. Tillar ... music editor (as Jack Tillar)

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Moe Di Sesso ... animal trainer
René Zendejas ... marionettes (as René)
Maury Foladare ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Ted Mapes ... advisor: American Humane Society (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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 »
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Also Known As
  • L'ultima carica di Ben (Italy)
  • Råttorna slår till igen (Sweden)
  • Ben, la rata asesina (Mexico)
  • Ben: Canavarlar Yuvasi (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • Ben, la rata asesina (Peru)
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  • 94 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Michael Jackson'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 »
Goofs When Beth and Eve discuss their concern about David, the daughter turns her head towards her mom twice. See more »
Movie Connections Edited from Willard (1971). See more »
Soundtracks Ben's Song See more »
Quotes Danny Garrison: [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.
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