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Willard (2003)

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A young man with an unusual connection to rats uses them at his own sociopathic will.

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Glen Morgan

Writers:

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

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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From small things... comes great power. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vingança de Willard See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$6,886,089

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,546,666
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Willard's mother tells him she should have given him a better name. The meaning of Willard is "Will Brave", the opposite of Willard's skittish demeanor. The name she tries to give him, Clark (i.e. Clerk) is Willard's occupation at Martin-Stiles. See more »

Goofs

When the rats are tearing the newspaper, the amount of damage to it is inconsistent. At one point they've torn all the way through the blue banner at the top of the page; later it is whole again. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Spoofs Back to the Future (1985) See more »

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Ben
Written by Walter Scharf and Don Black
Performed by Jackson 5
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Strange and different, but not particularly scary
14 March 2003 | by Agent10See all my reviews

Maybe self-parody isn't such a bad word in the case of Willard. While I will state that the film was funny and interesting to watch, it wasn't nearly as twisted or as scary as it could have been. But then again, it's so damn tough to scare the jaded masses of critics and movie goers anyway. However, I did find this film wildly entertaining, especially the likes of Glenn Morgan and James Wong helming the project, two guys who helped put together The X-Files and Space: Above and Beyond (a truly underrated show). The only downside to this film was the editing. It was sometimes dull, and often did little to help the plot move in a smooth fashion. However, the random close-ups of the rat/wombat "Big Ben" were hillarious, making it look like the rat would actually start talking. Also, I give a big kudos to R. Lee Ermey, who went back to his old Full Metal Jacket days, making him a scary and evil bad guy to focus on. Oh, and Crispin Glover plays the loser role perfectly.


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