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Willard (2003)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 14 March 2003 (USA)
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A young man with an unusual connection to rats uses them at his own sociopathic will.


Glen Morgan


Glen Morgan (screenplay), Gilbert Ralston | 1 more credit »
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Crispin Glover ... Willard
R. Lee Ermey ... Mr. Martin
Laura Harring ... Cathryn (as Laura Elena Harring)
Jackie Burroughs ... Mrs. Stiles
Ashlyn Gere ... Ms. Leach (as Kimberly Patton)
William S. Taylor ... Mr. Garter
Edward Horn Edward Horn ... Colquitt
Gus Lynch Gus Lynch ... George Foxx
Laara Sadiq ... Janice Mantis
David Parker David Parker ... Detective Boxer
Ty Olsson ... Officer Salmon


This is the story of Willard Stiles who is a social misfit taking care of his ill and fragile but verbally abusive mother Henrietta in a musty old mansion that is also home to a colony of rats. Willard then finds himself constantly humiliated in front of his co-workers and is eventually fired by his cruel and uncaring boss, Mr. Frank Martin, a vicious man whose professional interest in Willard extends to a personal financial one. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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Where your nightmares end... WILLARD begins. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for terror/violence, some sexual content and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Canada | USA



Release Date:

14 March 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vingança de Willard See more »


Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,010,593, 16 March 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The trailer contains some lines not used in the movie. See more »


There is a close-up of the clock at the office showing that it is 9:21 and therefore that Willard is late again. Mr. Martin shouts at him for less than a minute and then in the background you can see the clock reading about 9:35. See more »


[first lines]
Willard's Mother: Willard! There are rats in the basement!
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Crazy Credits

Second Unit Chef Dave Carlson's credit is listed as: Cater to the Stars...DAVID CARLSON See more »


Written by Walter Scharf and Don Black
Performed by Crispin Glover (as Crispin Hellion Glover)
Produced by Crispin Glover (as Crispin Hellion Glover) and Robert Haimer
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I liked this movie, but I HATED the scene with the cat
21 May 2004 | by MooVChic84See all my reviews

"Willard" is a really good movie. I liked it a lot and Crispin Glover is a good actor, although this is the only film I have ever seen him in. This was a disturbing movie and not scary. Maybe a little disgusting in some parts, but definitely not a horror. As almost everyone who loved this movie has said, Crispin Glover WAS Willard. I thought he played him to perfection. He was shy, sad, sweet, quiet, angry, manic, and crazy all in one! He was a mixture of all those things! I loved the way Crispin portrayed him. Whenever he was p*ssed off all he did was clench his teeth, breath hard, and his eyes would grow to the size of quarters. I liked how he wasn't violent and homicidal until he befriended those rats and he thought about all those people who wronged him. Especially his boss. What an ass! He deserved it. Willard was a sweet guy. He really was. I thought the scene when the boss killed Socrates was sad. And I don't usually find it sad when rats are killed. But Socrates was Willard's only friend! Besides Kat, of course, but I think Willard liked Socrates more than her. :) Anyways. Crispin Glover played Willard flawlessly. A great actor. As for the rats, they didn't scare me. They were disgusting and ravenous, but not very frightening. Ben the evil rat was creepy, though. I think the only thing that would have made the rats scary is if they had glowing red eyes and long fang-like teeth. Now that would be frightening. But I don't think Willard would have wanted to hang out with them if they looked like that. But the rats were OK but not scary. Well, overall I thoroughly enjoyed this film and my favorite thing about it was Crispin's performance. I loved watching him. He was creepy. Anyways. Thanks for reading my review!

P.S. As for the cat scene, TOTALLY unnecessary. Very sad and disturbing, especially if you're a cat lover, like I am. I had to give my cat away last week because she had fleas and watching that scene made me think of her. And I cried! I CRIED! And I think the music was what made it an even sadder scene. That's the only thing I didn't like about this movie. Very cruel and out of place.

Good movie, though!!!

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