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  • Actors: Tom Conti, Brenda Fricker, Katie Blake, Don McKellar, Calum Worthy
  • Directors: Laurie Lynd
  • Writers: Richard Carpenter
  • Producers: Paul Brown, Andrew Rowley
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Feature Films for Families
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LNECD2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,888 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

On a dark, rainy night, an elderly couple finds a shivering little boy on their doorstep who proclaims, "I was a rat." They take the boy in, but because of his odd rat-like behavior, people in the town declare the boy a monster. To save him, the couple must discover the truth of who he is, before it's too late. "I was a rat!" So insists a scruffy boy named Roger. Maybe it's true. But what is he now? A terrifying monster running wild in the sewers? The Daily Scourge newspaper is sure of it. A lucrative fairground freak? He is to Mr. Tapscrew. A championship wriggler and a budding thief? That's the hope of Billy and his gang. A victim of "Rodent Delusion"? So says the hospital doctor or just an ordinary small boy, though a little ratty in his habits? Only three people believe this version of the story. And it may take a royal intervention - and a bit of magic - to convince the rest of the world.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Artist & Author on May 22, 2009
Format: DVD
There is hardly a children's movie that is more innovative than this 2002 production. It stands in a class by itself. It is hard to describe the movie without giving it away. Let me just say that it is a very different perspective of the Cinderella story, but one that alert viewers who know the story will gradually discern. Even one who never heard the Cinderella story will be captivated by this film. Don't let the somewhat unappealing title put you off; while it does describe the story, it is such a delightful story that I cannot imagine anyone who is young in age, or even young heart, will not enjoy from beginning to end. The little red-haired boy is simply charming. There is no bad language or situations, so it is a solid "G" movie; I can hardly wait to show it to my grandchildren! Simply put, Hollywood needs to make more movies as inventive and original as this movie. It may be hard to find, but well worth looking for!

The fact that Ned Beatty stars in the movie is a plus for me because he is one of the nicest actor's I've worked with in a movie. It was raining all day one day, so Mr. Beatty and a bunch of us sat in a dripping tent talking fly fishing and just having a great little social gathering.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex H on March 30, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This British film has some good actors and a great premise (which would be a spoiler to describe), and yet its muddled presentation prevents it from ever striking a chord - which is a great shame.

Throughout the movie, an earnest and engaging young boy insists that he was once a rat. You can't help but believe him and indeed, what he says is true; that, and much more.

Ironically, rather than being a movie about a rat who becomes a boy, the title character starts the film as a homeless boy taken in by a caring couple - but then through mishaps and betrayals, he encounters people that treat him more and more like a rat. Will he end up in a loving family, as a rat, or even exterminated?

(It's a family film, so you can probably guess! ;)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jackiepapertracer on September 12, 2011
Format: DVD
I watched this movie today. It looked liked it had all the elements of a Pinocchio story and Cinderella combined. The story starts out with this red headed boy who says to the couple he was boarding at. "I was a rat." They eventually named him Roger. He was wearing a royal page boy uniform. The movie showed how the couple was training him out of his rat-like ways so he could adjust to life as a human being. There was a scene in the movie where the rat was changed into a boy a long with a young lady who had a dress costume magically created. I think any parent would be happy to have their kids watch this movie. I intend to view my copy many times.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Septembergurl on August 18, 2009
Format: DVD
I happened on this at a bargain bin and was suprised to find it, upon viewing, such a creative film! I'm suprised it didn't make more of a splash during its release time, especially since rats seem to be the 'charming animal' of the decade. This film is so much better than much of the star-studded Christmas tripe that comes out for children. (Though this is not a Christmas-themed movie - but good as a gift.)
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