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Ben (1972)

PG | | Horror, Thriller | 23 June 1972 (USA)
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A lonely boy befriends Ben, the leader of a violent pack of killer rats.

Director:

Phil Karlson

Writers:

Stephen Gilbert (characters), Gilbert Ralston (as Gilbert A. Ralston)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Lee Montgomery ... Danny Garrison (as Lee Harcourt Montgomery)
Joseph Campanella ... Cliff Kirtland
Arthur O'Connell ... Billy Hatfield
Rosemary Murphy ... Beth Garrison
Meredith Baxter ... Eve Garrison
Kaz Garas ... Joe Greer
Paul Carr ... Kelly
Richard Van Vleet ... Reade
Kenneth Tobey ... Engineer
James Luisi ... Ed
Lee Paul ... Carey
Norman Alden ... Policeman
Scott Garrett Scott Garrett ... Henry Gray
Arlen Stuart Arlen Stuart ... Mrs. Gray
Ric Drasin ... George (as Richard Drasin)
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A lonely boy named Danny Garrison befriends Ben, the rat leader of the swarm of rats trained by Willard Stiles. Ben becomes the boy's best friend, protecting him from bullying and keeping his spirits up in the face of a heart condition. However, things gradually take a downward turn as Ben's swarm becomes violent, resulting in several deaths. Written by Johnny P

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Horror | Thriller

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Trivia

Willard (1971) was the first theatrical production from Bing Crosby Productions (BCP) since its purchase by Cox Broadcasting in 1968. By 1971, Bing Crosby was no longer associated with BCP, which had produced a number of pictures during the 1940s and 1950s. BCP also produced this sequel. See more »

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When Beth and Eve discuss their concern about David, the daughter turns her head towards her mom twice. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Danny Garrison: [crying, as Michael Jackson sings "Ben's Song" in the score] You'll get well, Ben, and I'll get well. We'll get well, Ben.
[places Ben on a handkerchief]
Danny Garrison: We'll get well, Ben. No one's gonna hurt one of my friends. No, sir.
[gets out first aid kit, takes a cotton swab and gently rubs Ben's wound]
Danny Garrison: It's okay.
[Ben squeaks]
Danny Garrison: You're the only friend I have. I love you, Ben.
[Michael Jackson sings final verse of "Ben's Song" as credits roll]
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Connections

Referenced in Willard (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Ben's Song
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Walter Scharf
Sung and played on piano and harmonica by Lee Montgomery (uncredited)
Sung by Michael Jackson during the final scene and end credits
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A beautiful touching movie!
14 October 2001 | by Beautiful RatsSee all my reviews

I have pet rats and they are the most sweet and loving creatures. This movie portrayed the love that people can share with rats and it was truly a beautiful movie. Ben was beautiful and Lee was a little cutey too. The lyrics to Ben ring out beautiful and true. This is really a must see for anybody who loves rats or even those who love animals in general. Some people may view this as a horror movie, but it is really soooo much more. A remake of Williard is apparently in the works, so fingers crossed that these wonderful movies will be released on DVD.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 1972 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$769,986
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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