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Willard (1971)

GP | | Horror | 30 July 1971 (USA)
A social misfit uses his only friends, his pet rats, to exact revenge on his tormentors.

Director:

Daniel Mann

Writers:

Gilbert Ralston (screenplay) (as Gilbert A. Ralston), Stephen Gilbert (novel)
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bruce Davison ... Willard Stiles
Sondra Locke ... Joan
Elsa Lanchester ... Henrietta Stiles
Michael Dante ... Brandt
Jody Gilbert ... Charlotte Stassen
William Hansen William Hansen ... Barskin
John Myhers John Myhers ... Carlson
J. Pat O'Malley ... Jonathan Farley
Joan Shawlee ... Alice
Almira Sessions ... Carrie Smith
Pauline Drake Pauline Drake ... Ida Stassen
Helen Spring Helen Spring ... Mrs. Becker
Alan Baxter ... Spencer
Sherry Presnell Sherry Presnell ... Mrs. Spencer
Ernest Borgnine ... Martin
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Storyline

A social misfit, Willard is made fun of by his co-workers, and squeezed out of the company started by his deceased father by his boss. His only friends are a couple of rats he raised at home, Ben and Socrates. (And their increasing number of friends) However, when one of them is killed at work, he goes on a rampage using his rats to attack those who have been tormenting him. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

This is Willard and his friend Ben. Ben will do anything for Willard. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ratman's Notebooks See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$19,216,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The house used as the Stiles family home was also later used in the films: Witchboard (1986), Waxwork (1988) and Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988). It has since been retired as a filming location. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie, Willard plans on drowning the rats, apparently not knowing that rats are capable swimmers. The animals would have easily swam across the pool from the 'island' and escaped. See more »

Quotes

Willard Stiles: Tear him up!
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Connections

Referenced in Dark Side of Eden: The Making of 'Stanley' (2008) See more »

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I wouldn't call it "Psycho", but it's still quite memorable
22 May 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

My mom remembers seeing "Willard" when it first came out, and so she encouraged me to see it. It tells the story of Willard Stiles (Bruce Davison), an outcast who still lives with his mother Henrietta (Elsa Lanchester). But Willard discovers that their house has some other inhabitants: rats. He quickly befriends the critters, and then turns them into a sort of army who will obey all his commands. To add to this situation, Willard and his mother believed that his father died naturally, but it begins to look like Willard's boss Al Martin (Ernest Borgnine) may have been involved.

The old, dark house, and the young man living with his mother might bring to mind "Psycho", but "Willard" seems to me to be more of a story of an outcast taking revenge on the world that rejected him.


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