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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

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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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The City's Rat Race Just Got Deadly. 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 »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

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

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

It was released in Sweden as Killer Rats with a feature running time of 84 minutes. See more »

Connections

Features The Fly (1958) See more »

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Obviously Studio Picture Quality
10 June 2003 | by PumpkinKing9See all my reviews

I'm normally very cautious about renting films whose quality is dubious, especially if they are direct to videos. But I've been doing research lately and, based on positive imdb reviews, decided to check out The Rats (not to be confused with Killer Rats). I must say that this is a movie done with great taste and quality. The story was well thought out and the dialogue wasn't at all cheesy. It also doesn't hurt to have a beautiful leading actress. Good job to FOX for making a great DVD! Recommended is you want a fun but not over the top creature fx.


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