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Ratboy (1986)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 17 October 1986 (USA)
Several shady and shallow people try to profit, one after the other, from a physically deformed teenager whose face looks like a snout of a rodent and who lives hidden in a city garbage dump, alone and miserable.

Director:

Sondra Locke

Writer:

Rob Thompson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sondra Locke ... Nikki Morrison
Robert Townsend ... Manny
Christopher Hewett ... Acting Coach
Larry Hankin ... Robert Jewell
Sydney Lassick ... Lee 'Dial-A-Prayer'
Gerrit Graham ... Billy Morrison
Louie Anderson ... Omer Morrison
Sharon Baird ... Ratboy (as S. L. Baird)
Billie Bird ... Psychic
John Witherspoon ... Heavy
Charles Bartlett ... Catullus Cop
Lee de Broux ... Catullus Cop
Jeffrey Josephson Jeffrey Josephson ... Catullus Cop
Peter Looney ... Catullus Cop
Tiger Haynes Tiger Haynes ... Derelict Ralph
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Storyline

A physically deformed and somewhat feral teenager whose face looks like the snout of a rodent lives in solitude and misery in a city dump. Two rednecks come across his lair and kidnap him. They inform the papers about their find in case someone might want to see or interview the "Ratboy". Only Nikki, a bored fired window dresser pretending to be a reporter shows up. She wants to profit off of the child as well, so she calls the cops who arrest the rednecks and she takes the child with her to her flat. She and her two dummy brothers try to think of a way to profit on the boy, but he tends to get easily agitated and depressed and no one wants anything to do with him except possibly hurt him emotionally or even physically. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

it's so hard to be different...

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ratboy - Perdido na Multidão See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Malpaso Company See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sondra Locke was conspicuously absent when longtime boyfriend Clint Eastwood was sworn in as mayor of Carmel on April 8, 1986, citing conflicts with Ratboy (1986)'s production schedule. She'd actually been in Tennessee visiting her mother-in-law on her deathbed, but told journalists a different story because she didn't want to draw attention to the fact that she was still legally married to Gordon Anderson. Margaret Anderson passed away April 24. See more »

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During the drive through Hollywood, shots from the driver's side of the car show Hollywood Blvd., but shots from the passenger's side show Sunset Blvd. See more »

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Gotta Get Rich
Written by Steve Dorff and Steve Diamond
Performed by Craig Morris
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a masterpiece of bad taste
22 July 2001 | by CherubinSee all my reviews

"Ratboy" is not a good movie by any means. The freakish protagonist (despite the movie´s theme song) lacks personality. In fact, he´s disgusting in every way. The script is incredibly lame without being funny. As can be expected of a Sondra Locke movie, it is just as bland as her cutesy modern cowboy farces with Clint Eastwood. The plot is all over the place. In spite of all these flaws, though, the film is so unique that it´s fascinating. It pretty much gives the message that monsters do not necessarily have to have a hidden beauty and are best left alone. The plot concerns a reporter named Nicky (Locke) finding a rat-human hybrid named Eugene and adopting him while seeing him as nothing more than a news story that would dramatically improve her career. Her human associates don´t treat him much better. In spite of this, Eugene falls in love with Nicky (which is never particularly sad or funny). She does not love him back but is torn between exploiting him and feeling sorry for him. There are some crime related subplots too and Christopher Hewitt from "Mr. Belvedere" makes some appearances playing (surprise) a snooty British guy. This plot keeps the viewer interested if nothing else but only because it is so weird that anyone would wonder what will happen next. Basically, what´s great about the movie is that people with good sense would never have made it but Locke and company went ahead and made it anyway ! Therefore, "Ratboy" is every bit as punk as the Sex Pistols´ first album. Its audacity is remarkable.


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