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The Rat Savior (1976)

Izbavitelj (original title)
A poor writer discovers that a species of rats has banded together to impersonate humans and supplant them unnoticed, in a manner reminiscent of the transformations in Eugene Ionesco's ... See full summary »

Director:

Krsto Papic

Writers:

Ivo Bresan (adaptation), Alexander Grin (novel) (as Aleksandar Grin) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ivica Vidovic Ivica Vidovic ... Ivan Gajski
Mirjana Majurec Mirjana Majurec ... Sonja Boskovic
Relja Basic ... Izbavitelj / Gradonacelnik
Fabijan Sovagovic Fabijan Sovagovic ... Profesor Martin Boskovic
Ilija Ivezic Ilija Ivezic ... Sef policije
Branko Spoljar Branko Spoljar ... Rupcic
Petar Dobric Petar Dobric ... Mestar ceremonije na stakorskoj zabavi
Edo Perocevic ... Policajac
Ana Hercigonja Ana Hercigonja ... Prodavacica djecijih kapica
Zvonimir Ferencic Zvonimir Ferencic ... Nakladnik
Boris Festini Boris Festini ... Apotekar
Zdenka Trach Zdenka Trach ... Gazdarica
Mirko Boman Mirko Boman ... Djelatnik gradske cistoce
Fahro Konjhodzic Fahro Konjhodzic ... Violinist
Jovan Stefanovic Jovan Stefanovic ... Policajac
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Storyline

A poor writer discovers that a species of rats has banded together to impersonate humans and supplant them unnoticed, in a manner reminiscent of the transformations in Eugene Ionesco's Rhinoceros, or the covert conspiracy of pod-people in The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. This film's story is based on a book by the Soviet writer Alexander Greene. Written by Ørnås

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Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

Yugoslavia

Language:

Serbo-Croatian

Release Date:

26 October 1976 (Yugoslavia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Redeemer See more »

Filming Locations:

Zagreb, Croatia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Croatia Film, Jadran Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The film was voted the 19th best Croatian film by Croatian film critics in the article in Slobodna Dalmacija on the 28th November 1999. See more »

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very unusual film that is well worth watching
29 September 2013 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

As far as I am aware this is a 1976 Yugoslav film, Izavitely, translated on my copy as The Rat Saviour, a certain other film site would also seem to bare this out. In any event, this is a very hard to find and very unusual film that is well worth watching. Bit of a Kafkaesque tale involving a plague of rats. But there is more to this than that and although there are allusions to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, this is a unique film and if I say that there is some overlap with some of the humans and some of the rats and that I watched this with German dialogue, to great effect, you will probably get my drift. Stunning opening credits usher in a dark and moody film that doesn't once let up. Lead actor reminds a little of a young Polanski but all the cast perform well and the shadowy cinematography is excellent. The cover illustration shown is rather misleading, although the scene briefly appears. My own copy has enlarged the inset detail top right, which is still rather fanciful. Still, never mind, the film is certainly just that little bit different.


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