- Willard (1971 film)
name = Willard
caption = Promotional poster for "Willard"
Charles A. Pratt, Mort Briskin, Bing Crosby
Bruce Davison, Elsa Lanchester, Ernest Borgnine
Robert B. Hauser
distributor = Cinerama Releasing Corporation (USA, theatrical, 1971)
18 June 1971(USA)
runtime = 95 min
country = Flagicon|USA USA
language = English
followed_by = Ben
imdb_id = 0067991
"Willard" is a 1971
horror filmstarring Bruce Davisonand Ernest Borgnine, directed by Daniel Mann. The movie is based on the novel " Ratman's Notebooks" by Gilbert Ralston(as Stephen Gilbert), and was nominated for an Edgar Awardfor best picture. The supporting cast included one of Elsa Lanchester's last performances, and one of Sondra Locke's first.
Willard is a social misfit with a strange affinity for rats. He lives alone in a large mansion, accompanied only by his cranky and decrepit mother. His best companion is a white rat he finds and later names Socrates for his wisdom; numerous other rats come to him, one of which is a giant specimen he names Ben. Willard's talking to his rats, however, leads to his mother's death and further pressure from the banks to give up the house. When his boss bludgeons Socrates to death, he trains his rats to follow his commands and kills the man. Ben, however, jealous of his favoritism towards Socrates, eventually turns on Willard.
*"Willard" was nominated for the Eddie award in Best Edited Feature Film at the 1972 American Cinema Editors Awards.
*"Willard" was also nominated for the Edgar award in Best Motion Picture at the 1972
equels and Remakes
*A sequel called "Ben" (after one of the rats in the original) was released in 1972.
*A remake was released in 2003, with
Crispin Gloverplaying Willard. Bruce Davisonis also featured in the film as Willard's father, appearing in a portrait.
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