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The Rats (2002)

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A clan of evil rats overtakes a Manhattan department store and threatens to overrun the city.

Director:

John Lafia

Writer:

Frank Deasy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mädchen Amick ... Susan Costello
Vincent Spano ... Jack Carver
Shawn Michael Howard ... Ty
Daveigh Chase ... Amy Costello
David Fonteno ... Ray Jarrett (as David Wolos-Fonteno)
Sheila McCarthy ... Miss Paige
Elisa Moolecherry ... Nyla
Joe Pingue ... Karl
Kathryn Winslow ... Queen
Aron Tager ... Janitor
Yanna McIntosh Yanna McIntosh ... Doctor
Jennifer Coristine Jennifer Coristine ... Nurse
Kim Poirier ... Jay
Balázs Koós Balázs Koós ... Tech Guy (as Balazs Koos)
Jackie Laidlaw ... Bitchy Woman (as Jackie Laidlow)
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Storyline

In Manhattan, when a client is bitten by a rat in the dressing room of the Garsons Department Store and contracts Weil's disease, the manager Susan Costello is assigned to hire and give all the necessary support to the best exterminator in New York, Jack Carver. The efficient Jack and his assistant Ty find a colony of mutant rats and try to convince the health department administrator and former partner of Jack, Ray Jarrett, how serious the infestation is. But the politician Ray is interested in covering the problem to protect economical interests of powerful groups. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

They're bold... They're breeding... They're hungry... Most of all... They have no fear. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some creature violence and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Was originally going to air on September 11, 2001, but release was pushed back after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. See more »

Goofs

The characters in the movie pronounce "Weil" (as in Weil's Disease) to rhyme with "wheel". The doctor after whom the disease was named, Adolph Weil (1848 -1916), was German; his name should be pronounced to rhyme with "while" (and if you're a stickler for accuracy, the "w" should be pronounced like an English "v"). See more »

Quotes

Susan Costello: Hi, I'm Susan Costello. Oh! Are you alright?
Jay: Yeah, I think so.
Susan Costello: How'd you cut it?
Jay: I don't know, I just reached down to get my clothes.
Susan Costello: Can you show me where?
Jay: [They walk to the changing room] It was right over there.
Susan Costello: Okay.
[She searches through Jay's clothes then gasps]
Susan Costello: It was a carpet tack.
Jay: But how can that just cut...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

A DVD edition with the title Killer Rats was released in Sweden in 2007. According to the DVD case, the feature running time was 97 minutes. It had a very average looking transfer though. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Best of the Worst: Our VHS Collection (2019) See more »

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A crawling nightmare.
10 January 2004 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

Not for the weak hearted. Legions of vermin infest a Manhattan department store and causes concern for the city as they escape their underground world. Some very good computer generated effects: watching rats fill up an empty swimming pool will make you squirm. An above average made-for-TV movie and worth watching...if you can stand watching violent rats in rage. The cast includes: Madchen Amick, Vincent Spano, Shawn Michael Howard and Daveigh Chase. Creepy.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Colony See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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