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Willard (1971)
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by Rob Gonsalves

"A rare case where the remake is better."
3 stars

This was a huge hit in its day. I can't see why (other than the generational conflict between its young, put-upon hero and his tormenting elders).

Bruce Davison does give a defining performance as the cringing Willard Stiles, a mama's boy (Elsa Lanchester plays Mama) abused at his office job by his scummy boss (Ernest Borgnine), who forced Willard's dad out of the company.

Willard befriends a couple of rats, Socrates and Ben, and eventually trains them to wreak minor havoc (sort of like Project Mayhem with rodents) that escalates into murder. The movie's main problem is that it's really little more than a crudely directed revenge thriller, and even the talked-about Borgnine-meets-rats scene is laughably unconvincing.

The 2002 remake is far, far superior.

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User Comments

7/02/11 art WAtch this 1971 original,not that Awful 2003 verison! 4 stars
8/16/09 Ramona Much better than the remake 5 stars
7/02/09 Sarah Davison's Willard was much more sympathetic and not bonkers from the start. 5 stars
2/11/07 action movie fan good offbeat thriller- the better of the two 4 stars
11/23/06 Charles Tatum Not a bad little flick, the cast is great 4 stars
9/19/04 Lord Durvok 2 A fun little romp with Ben and Socrates! 4 stars
8/24/03 Hank Worth the watch 3 stars
7/24/03 Maggie Never Seen it but i bet it was better than Willard 2003 3 stars
5/23/03 Danni Avoid at all costs 1 stars
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