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Willard (2003)

Crispin Glover , R. Lee Ermey , Glen Morgan  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Crispin Glover, R. Lee Ermey, Laura Elena Harring, Jackie Burroughs
  • Directors: Glen Morgan
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 7, 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AZT78
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,649 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Willard" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 12 deleted/alternate scenes with optional commentary
  • "The Year of the Rat" making-of documentary
  • "Rat People: Friends or Foes?"
  • Music video
  • Trailers
  • DVD-ROM: Script-to-screen veiwing option with storyboards, weblinks

Editorial Reviews

A lonely, awkward misfit tormented by his boss on a daily basis turns to rats for friendship...and revenge.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary:Director Glen Morgan, producer James Wong, Crispin Glover and R. Lee Ermey
DVD ROM Features
Deleted Scenes:12 Deleted Scenes
Documentaries:"Year of the Rat" - Behind-the-scenes Documentary on the making of Willard "Rat People-Friend or Foe?" Documentary
Full Screen Version
Music Video:Crispin Hellion Glover's "Ben" w/optional commentary
TV Spot:Three TV spots
Theatrical Trailer


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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Year's Best Film March 15, 2003
If you were expecting a "cool, killer animal" film, do not see this movie. If you were expecting a carbon copy of the original horror cult classic, do not see this film. The new "Willard" is not a bloody, slasher movie, despite how the trailers make it out to be. "Willard" is an intelligent, psychological thriller/drama about a lonely man (played excellently by my new favorite actor, Crispin Glover [another film he was great in was "Bartleby",...) who befriends a little white rat named Socrates, only to find that not only can he communicate with the rat, but the rat can send his communications off to the hundreds of other rats living in Willard's basement. He soon develops a great friendship with Socrates, and uses the rats for revenge. One of the other rats is a humongus fellow named Ben who desperately wants to be part of Willard's and Socrates' friendship, but Willard shuns Ben, and only uses him when he needs him. Well, I don't want to go into too much detail, but a sort of love triangle evolves with Willard, Socrates, and Ben. There is also a thing going on with Willard's mother, who lives with him, and Willard's horrible boss. Willard's and Socrate's relationship is truly endearing, creating a beautiful film. This film is perfect if you love rats, hate them, or just like Crispin Glover, as he really shines here. It is enhanced with very cool cinematography (with very little CGI- Ben is somewhere around nine pounds and he is a *real* rat), and good music. A must see!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars HE'S BACK... February 8, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
It appears that Crispin Glover is carving a niche for himself on the silver screen, playing slightly creepy, social misfits ("Back to the Future", "Bartleby"). In this re-make of the 1971 film of the same name that starred Bruce Davidson, Crispin Glover plays the title role, that of Willard Stiles.
Willard is a lonely young man who lives in a huge mansion from days gone by with his decaying, elderly mother (Jackie Burroughs). He works in the industrial plant that used to belong to his father, before it was stolen out from under him by Mr. Martin (R. Lee Ermey), the man who is now Willard's boss. Cruelly tormented at work by Mr. Martin and beset at home by his overbearing mother whom he loves in an obsessive Norman Bates type of way, Willard is just plain weird.
When he discovers that his home is plagued by rats, instead of exterminating them, he befriends one of them, a white rat whom he names Socrates, who is in command of the horde of rats that reside in the basement. His second in command is a huge brown rat whom Willard names Ben but whom he does not like. The horde of rats seem to live to do Willard's bidding. All that changes when the lovable Socrates meets a cruel and untimely end. That event totally unhinges both Willard and Ben, and therein lies the tale.
Directed by X Files graduate Glen Morgan, with superlative production values, the film has an inside joke that X File fans, such as myself, will appreciate. Look for the orange cat, appropriately named Scully after red head Gillian Anderson, who plays the role of the same name in the X Files series. Moreover, links to the original "Willard" film, upon which this one is predicated, abound in the film.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ben, the two of us need look no more... March 18, 2003
"Willard," with Crispin Glover in the title role, was a more creepy, atmospheric film than a general horror film. At no time while watching it did I really ever feel scared, which disappointed me. I wanted, you know, to jump at least once, and you'd figure that'd be par for the course in a film filled with so many rats. But it didn't happen, for it turns out that the "Willard" remake doesn't aspire to be that kind of horror movie. It's more "Edward Scissorhands" and "Psycho" than "Urban Legend," thank God.
The constantly underrated, creepy Crispin Glover is absolutely perfect in the title role, reminiscent of Anthony Perkins, as a browbeaten man who turns to friendship with rats in order to find acceptance and later exact revenge on those who've wronged him. The film, on the whole, is macabre in its costuming, set design and even its opening credits. The production value is noticeably high.
The supporting cast is very strong, including Jackie Burroughs as Willard's half-decomposed, senile mother and Laura Elena Harring as the girl who tries to care for Willard. Still, R. Lee Ermey steals every scene he's in as Willard's belligerent, evil boss. His demise, fittingly, is the visual and emotional climax of the film.
The ending of the movie pays homage to "Psycho," and the original "Willard," which I've not seen, gets its due by featuring Bruce Davison in portraits as Willard's father. Davison, of course, was the original Willard.
"Willard" is creepy fun, and it left me impressed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant, if you're one of the few... February 5, 2005
Format:DVD
As soon as I saw the trailer for Willard I got chills of excitement. Seeing Crispin Glover taking on this role was genius as it seemed to be the perfect vessel for his eccentric talent, though I also knew the film would not draw a large audience. The best ones never do. I was surprised to hear Glover was far from the first choice. It seems like a natural selection.

Having grown up in the 70's seeing the original film on late night TV, the primary selling point to me for this remake was Glover. I never found the rat-lover story exceptionally intriguing but with this casting it put such an excitement in me. I couldn't wait.

The weekend Willard opened shortly followed a personal trauma that left me in a lingering black mood and I hoped this film would remind me that I wasn't completely alone in the world, that there are others that enjoy and create the same things that appeal to me. I walked in the theater that afternoon to the absolute perfect setting. I was the only one there. I anxiously sat waiting for the film to start, hoping no one else would come in to bother me. The lights dimmed and the movie started with me the sole viewer. From the second the music started and the credits rolled I got a chill that remained for the duration of the film. What an amazing experience this was. Glover was, as anticipated, absolutely brilliant. The bits of wicked humor just added to my assumption that this film will not appeal to the average dullard going to see the latest Adam Sandler trash. When the mother decided to start calling Willard 'Clark' I about died. I didn't expect laughs from this film but, thankfully, the laughs I got were witty and intelligent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Love Crispin Glover!
I heard a lot of negative things about this remake so I was reluctant to see it for some time. I saw the dvd on Amazon for under $5 and I enjoy Crispin Glover's acting so I took a... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Ron2900
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it
CHG's quirkiness makes the film, very well made. The CGI was also better than I expected it to be. Plan on buying the Bluray.
Published 15 days ago by Jade
5.0 out of 5 stars Willard
I liked the original starring Bruce Davison, this is a very good remake. with a surprise ending. great entertainment! Would recommend.
Published 2 months ago by K. Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't care for it
weird and creepy. Not my taste. I love comedies and action and this just wasn't up my alley. We bought it years ago when we were into horror and we're not anymore.
Published 2 months ago by PAUL AND CAMI
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie
5 stars! Excellent cast,everything...Crispin Glover is outstanding in each and every movie he is in. I love this movie,thanks Amazon!
Published 3 months ago by Mike Downs
3.0 out of 5 stars Weekend movie
This is a movie I enjoy on the weekends. It's a movie you don't mind watching more than one time.
Published 4 months ago by Erma L. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars @REALLY
really good movie i know it doesnt look good but it is best movie i have seen in @ long tima
Published 4 months ago by dilliancooldude
5.0 out of 5 stars Ben, Socrates And Willard Stiles
I'm truly torn on this one. Not sure whether to give it a four of five. This is sort of a remake of the 1971 film of the same name, but, more bizarre I guess. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Endora Aphrattos
5.0 out of 5 stars exactly what I wanted
I just really wanted to see this movie again because I love Rats and just had to see it again.
Published 6 months ago by Edna Poe
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
I enjoyed it even though it gave me a horrible opinion of rats. Not bad though, too short - could be longer.
Published 8 months ago by Nathaniel Shigley
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Where is the original 1971 film?
I agree. It is a SLAP IN THE FACE to the fans to have the remake, but not the original, of this film available on DVD.
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