Ratboy (1986)




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This drama follows an unlikely "ratboy" (S.L. Baird) after he is discovered living in a makeshift shelter in a garbage dump. Along comes Nikki Morrison (Sondra Locke, also the director) who meets the half-rodent, half-human creature and takes him over. She talks to a Hollywood producer and holds forth about him on a television talk show but when she brings ratboy to a press conference, he bolts for freedom -- enough is enough. The garbage dump was better. From that point onward, Nikki begins to change her mind about her treatment of the misbegotten creature and he develops an ambivalent feeling for her.
Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Warner Bros.


Sondra Locke
as Nikki Morrison
Sharon Baird
as Ratboy
Christopher Hewett
as Acting Coach
Sidney Lassick
as Dial-a-Prayer
Gerrit Graham
as Billy Morrison
Larry Hankin
as Jewell
Sydney Lassick
as Dial-A-Prayer
Louie Anderson
as Omer Morrison
Billie Bird
as Psychic
Charles Bartlett
as Catullus Cop
Lee de Broux
as Catullus Cop
Jeffrey Josephson
as Catullus Cop
Peter Looney
as Catullus Cop
Tiger Haynes
as Derelict Ralph
Gary Riley
as Bill
Nina Blackwood
as MTV Vee-Jay
Lisa Cloud
as Zu Zu
Theresa de Paolo
as Theater Reporter
Courtney Gadny
as Kid in Car
Winifred Freedman
as Girl Friend
Diane Delan
as Aurora
Brett Halsey
as Mr. Manes
Steve Bassett
as Reporters at Dump
Lloyd Nelson
as Reporters at Dump
Don Sparks
as Cameraman
Durk Pearson
as Merv's Guest
Sandy Shaw
as Merv's Guest
Michael Canavan
as Production Assistant
Theresa DePaolo
as Theater Reporter
Virginia Peters
as Beggar Woman
Grant Loud
as Diver
Ed Williams
as Lake Reporter
Albert Michel Jr.
as Gang Leader
M.C. Gainey
as Police Officer
Sam Ingraffia
as Studio Guard
Dahlia Pujol
as Singing Bag Lady
Clifford Shegog
as Heavy's Bodyguard
Casey Sander
as Stagehand
Bob Yerkes
as Stagehand
Mike Johnson
as Stagehand
Jon Lovitz
as Party Guest
Bill Maher
as Party Guest
George McGrath
as Party Guest
Diz McNally
as Party Guest
Wendi Morrison
as Party Guest
Jonathan Schmock
as Party Guest
Julie Silliman
as Party Guest
James Vallely
as Party Guest
Kathleen Wilhoite
as Party Guest
Karen Witter
as Party Guest
Don Woodard
as Party Guest
S.L. Baird
as Ratboy
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Critic Reviews for Ratboy

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The film gestures at whimsy and heartbreak while making the broadest possible comments about Hollywood and how the machinery of fame grinds up the innocent.

Full Review… | January 26, 2015
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Audience Reviews for Ratboy

Simply dreadful. Sondra Locke (who also directed) plays an opportunistic LA woman who discovers a half human/half rat "boy" and decides to exploit him. Sondra is unlikable. Ratboy is unlikable. The whole thing is ridiculous. File this one under "What were they thinking?" Wait - I know what they were thinking. Sondra (who is not a particularly good actress) was Clint Eastwood's girlfriend at the time once again proving: It's not what you know, but who you blow.

Fritz Brekeller
Fritz Brekeller

1986 was a big year for movies. Such timeless cinematic classics such as The Karate Kid II, Hoosiers, and Maximum Overdrive ruled supreme in the multiplexes. But amongst all the time-honored pieces of film making released that year I feel that there is one unsung hero we hear so little about today. Ratboy, the dramatic tail (get it TAIL) of a misunderstood half boy half rat who is exploited by a black guy and Clint Eastwood's girlfriend. Many critics dismissed the film as trash upon it's release, but failed to address the very serious subject matter underlying in the story. The film is a tail (get it TAIL lol) of social class opression, a commentary on society's prejudice against rat people, and a story of economic struggle and America's lust for money. Sure this may be NASCAR driver Kyle Busch's favorite movie, but aside from that, this film has gotten no recognition as the contemperary classic that it is. Ratboy went on to inspire such films as Schindler's List, Jurassic Park, The Hurt Locker, and Dr. Dolittle 2

Jake Marley
Jake Marley

Sondra Locke set out to make a heartwarming, poignant parable about the difficulties of being different. Boy, did she ever miss the boat. Every aspect of this appalling mess of a would-be modern fairy tale is misguided at best, and embarrassing at worst. The drama falls flat, the comic relief is boorish, the stabs at satire are clumsy and the main character, on whom the entire plot hinges, is a disturbing, unsympathetic blank who barely registers.

Jonathan Yeager
Jonathan Yeager

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