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

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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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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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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:

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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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

Leptospirosis or Weil's Disease is spread by contact with the urine from infected rats and not the bites. 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

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Remarkably better than the usual made-for-TV junk
14 November 2004 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

It's amazing what you can achieve if you dispose over a bit of professionalism. Even the most routine straight-to-cable production can be worth watching if the acting and directing is a little decent. It was the Fox Network that hired John Lafia (Man's Best Friend) to do the directing and the still yummy Mädchen Amick for the female lead. Vincent Spano (Alive) and Daveigh Chase (The Ring) complete the above average cast. The premise of a giant rat-plague threatening a big city isn't exactly new, but still this film succeeds in bringing a bit of tension and entertainment. Mostly thanks to the excellent underground shooting locations (basements, sewers, subways…) 'the Rats' looks icky and a bit unsettling. The rats naturally are slightly mutated by lab-tests and therefore a lot more aggressive and more difficult to annihilate. The grotesque finale in which a swimming pool is used as a rat-fountain is very over-the-top, yet brightly and well elaborated. Mädchen Amick is a seriously underrated actress and I hope she'll receive some new, bigger acting offers real soon. Vincent Spano is pretty good as well and he clearly enjoys sharing rat-trivia with the viewer. I don't know if all what he said is true (for every inhabitant in NY there are 9 rats?? You can get Weil's disease from a rat-bite??) but it was interesting nevertheless. Recommended!


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