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Rat (2000)

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A woman becomes furious when her husband arrives home from the local pub and turns into a rat.

Director:

Steve Barron

Writer:

Wesley Burrowes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Imelda Staunton ... Conchita Flynn
Frank Kelly ... Uncle Matt
David Wilmot ... Phelim Spratt
Andrew Lovern Andrew Lovern ... Pius Flynn
Kerry Condon ... Marietta Flynn
Pete Postlethwaite ... Hubert Flynn
Veronica Duffy Veronica Duffy ... Daisy
Ed Byrne ... Rudolph
Niall Toibin ... Father Geraldo
Alfie Alfie ... Mickey the Dog
Peter Caffrey Peter Caffrey ... Mick the Barman
Rita Hamill Rita Hamill ... Estate Woman
Roxanna Nic Liam Roxanna Nic Liam ... Hopscotch Child (as Roxanna Williams)
Geoffrey Palmer ... The Doctor
Stanley Townsend ... Newsreader
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Storyline

Dublin deliveryman Hubert Flynn feels peaked. Home from the pub, he lies down; while his nagging wife Conchita looks on, he turns into a rat. She's chafed at how inconsiderate he is: hardly touching his food the next morning and leaving droppings on the good doilies. With curiosity seekers outside the flat and a writer at the door offering to help Conchita turn her story into a book, she calls a family meeting. Her seminary-bound son Pius wants to kill the rat; other family members are ambivalent. They opt to hurl Hubert over the fence of a maggot farm. Christmas approaches; an exorcism is in the cards, and the book becomes the Holy Grail. What of Hubert's conversion? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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watching tv | rat | book | pub | writer | See All (130) »

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He might eat maggots and live in a cage but he's still our Dad


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Ireland | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 2000 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Esse Rato É um Espanto See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,815, 29 April 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,501, 6 May 2001
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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[first lines]
Hubert: Seventy years ago, me grandfather, Hubert Flynn Foster, set out from his home in the County Wexford, and joining north over the hills and valleys of Whitlock, until he came to Dublin City.
Hubert: I remember once, when I was a chiseler, he caught me whittlin' up against the wall. And he told me if I behaved like a dog, I might turn into a dog. And then he was off on one of his old yarns about people he knew that turned into goats and weasels. Of course we ran afoul, he said, of more than ...
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You Can Only Love Someone So Much
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Kafka meet Henson
2 December 2002 | by PhildoNU37See all my reviews

Franz Kafka blends well with Jim Henson - who would've thought!?

Rat loosely follows Kafka's Metamorphosis and turns it upside down into a comedic gem.

What I found to be the most interesting about this movie is the different family members reactions to Hubert as a rat. Each one reacts differently and Conchita (wife) exhibits an almost bipolar feel as her mood swings violently depending on many variables (whether or not Hubert is around, what Hubert does, etc. versus her tough and unfair love toward her husband).

Amidst the chaos of boarding a human/rat, the family, who once had very indifferent feelings toward Hubert, start to really show their love. It's a great movies that explores a number of emotions from greed to love and even hatred.

My vote: 9 out of 10


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