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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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it's so hard to be different...

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Filming began September 6, 1985. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Homer vs. Patty and Selma (1995) See more »

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Written and performed by Don Stalker and Steve Berg
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My memory has failed me
13 December 1999 | by macgruderSee all my reviews

Long ago, when I was a child, I had seen part of this movie. From what my memory had recalled, I had liked what I'd seen. Boy, was I wrong. I haven't seen this movie anywhere to rent for a long time, and then one day I saw it for sale for a few bucks in some discount bin in a video store. I'd figured I'd pick it up and see what I had missed since my original viewing. I watched it and was not sure what to think about it. First off I hated Sondra Locke. She was not funny, very annoying and had the worst outfits I have ever seen on a woman. The box of this movie promotes it as a comedy. Well I didn't really think that this rating was appropriate, since the only time I laughed was when the actors tried to act. Ratboy has no emotion (which was what the movie was trying to promote), and whenever he talked I couldn't understand what he was saying. Some of the supporting characters were alright, I enjoyed Nipsy Russell and Robert Townshend, and Gerritt Graham and Louie Anderson were okay, I also enjoyed seeing cameos from Bill Maher, John Lovitz and "Diz" from the TV show Out of Control. Other than that I feel that this movie should have never been made. But I cant change the past, so if your in the mood for a boring "comedy", and if you can find this movie anywhere, maybe you should check it out, but I don't recommend it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ratboy See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Production Co:

The Malpaso Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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