March 14th, 2003



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

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 6.1/10 (9,602 voted)

Critic's Score: 61/100

Director: Glen Morgan

Stars: Crispin Glover, R. Lee Ermey, Laura Harring

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.

Writers: Glen Morgan, Gilbert Ralston

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 - Colquitt
Gus Lynch - George Foxx
Laara Sadiq - Janice Mantis
David Parker - Detective Boxer
Ty Olsson - Officer Salmon

Taglines: A new breed of friendship


Official Website: New Line Cinema [United States] |

Release Date: 14 March 2003

Filming Locations: Lion's Gate Studios, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $4,010,593 (USA) (16 March 2003) (1761 Screens)

Gross: $6,852,144 (USA) (6 April 2003)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:  | UK: (DVD)

Did You Know?

All of the photos in the house of Willard's father, Martin Stiles, are of actor Bruce Davison, who played the part of Willard in the original movie ( Willard).

Continuity: Willard lays out some glue strips to catch the mice. A mouse steps on one and gets stuck. When Willard first sees it, the mouse is only glued on the bottom 3/4 of its body. Its front legs are free and it is crawling away with its belly and lower legs flattened onto the strip. Then Willard decides to save it. In the next shot of the mouse, all four feet are on the glue strip with its belly raised up. It is also in the center of the glue strip whereas before it was hanging off one end of it.

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

User Review

Good Film, Great Performance

Rating: 10/10

Before you let the advertising fool you, understand that "Willard" isn't exactly your normal horror flick. I know that the marketing people tried to put all the scary bits into the trailer and such, but I urge you to reconsider your views on it.

The movie itself is more of an in-depth character study. It follows the events that lead one man into the pits of insanity, taking you along for the ride. Forget "Psycho," (Which was an awesome film in its own right) though the movie does have Norman Bates/Hitchcock elements. We're taken from lonely, shy, and sad, to hollering, glaring, weeping, and finally, silent. Only one man was tailor-made for this role...and that man was Mr. Glover.

Through every blink, every wide-eyed stare, the audience is drawn into the character. We believe in his connection with the rats, and marvel at his ability to train them. And when he gets even with Mr. Martin, we celebrate.

And I loved the undoubted sexual frustration that Willard is feeling. It's more apparent in one of the deleted scenes on the DVD. But the writer didn't succumb to this frustration; he let it build.

All of this combines to form one of the greatest character movies I have ever seen, and probably will ever see. I must say that this is one movie I will not soon forget...


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