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Willard (2003)

Director: Glen Morgan     Starring: Crispin Glover
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40227363
UPC: 794043641923
UPC 14: 00794043641923
Category Keywords: Black Comedy  Remake  Revenge  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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A new breed of friendship.
A young man with an unusual connection with rats, uses them at his own sociopathic will.

"Want your skin to crawl? This one's for you.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"...the best remake ever.  Tony Toscano, Talking Pictures

Editor's Note
Glen Morgan's WILLARD stars Crispin Glover in the title role as a socially awkward loner who lives with his ailing mother (Jackie Burroughs) in a decrepit old house. Trapped between duties at home and working at a dreary company formerly owned by his deceased father, Willard leads a bleak and routine existence until he befriends Socrates, an albino rat living in the basement. This new friendship leads to an affinity for the ever-growing rodent population under his house, and soon Willard discovers the rats will do anything he tells them. When Willard is pushed too far by his bullying boss (R. Lee Ermey), he decides to use his four-legged companions to get revenge.

A perfect pairing of actor and character, Glover is ideal as Willard in this Burton-esque remake of the 1971 cult horror film. Widely known as an introvert and eccentric in real life, Glover expertly transfers his quirks to Willard in a giddily affected performance that ranges from subdued to outraged. Ermey (of FULL METAL JACKET) and Laura Elena Harring (of MULHOLLAND DRIVE) provide excellent support as his dictatorial boss and concerned coworker, respectively, but the true costars of this thriller are two rodents, the affectionate Socrates and the imposing, cat-sized Ben. Although some of the rat scenes are rendered with animatronics or CGI animation, the majority of Glover's scenes with Socrates and Ben involve real animal actors who convey distinct personalities and factor heavily into the story. The clever and darkly comic script even manages to bring in an element of the original film by featuring photos and paintings of Bruce Davison, star of the earlier film, as Willard's dead father. And be sure to listen for both a young Michael Jackson and Glover himself singing WILLARD's adopted theme song, "Ben."


Video Features DVD

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: New Line
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/27/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 100 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2003
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 6419
Video UPC UPC: 00794043641923
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 2.35:1/4:3

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Crispin Glover
Video Cast Info Jackie Burroughs
Video Cast Info Kim McKamy
Video Cast Info Laura Harring
Video Cast Info R. Lee Ermey
Video Cast Info William S. Taylor
Video Cast Info Gilbert Ralston - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Robert McLachlan - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Glen Morgan - Director
Video Cast Info James Coblentz - Editor
Video Cast Info James Wong - Producer
Video Cast Info Glen Morgan - Producer
Video Cast Info Glen Morgan - Screenplay

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"...Nobody plays a sick twist better than Crispin Glover....Want your skin to crawl? This one's for you..." 04/03/2003 p.77

Entertainment Weekly
"...[Glover] plays it straight and intense...building each scene to an elegant Gloverish crescendo of fear and loathing and operatic hysteria..." 03/21/2003 p.86

Box Office
"...[Glover] is a sympathetic Willard; his panicked grief gives the movie a kick....WILLARD also has a rapid-fire Ermey performance that nearly burns up the screen..." 05/01/2003 p.60

Chicago Sun-Times
"...The human actors are good..." 10/03/2003 p.13

"Glen Morgan's direction has the quirky stylisation of a kid's movie -- think MOUSEHUNT gone seriously wrong." 10/01/2004 p.153

Chicago Sun-Times 7 of 10
The best thing in the movie is Crispin Glover's performance. He affects dark, sunken eyes, and a slight stoop, and is very pale, and has one of those haircuts that shouts out: Look how gothic and miserable I am. There is real wit in the performance. And wit, too, in R. Lee Ermey's performance as the boss, which draws heavily on Ermey's real-life experience as a drill sergeant. - Roger Ebert

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 6 of 10
It's inaccurate to say that I was disappointed by Willard, since my expectations weren't high. Nevertheless, how can someone normally unsettled by rats be unaffected by the sight of hundreds of them swarming? Shouldn't the film have some power in this area, if only on a visceral level? And, because of Glover's relentlessly over-the-top portrayal, we don't have the opportunity to sympathize with Willard. The original film may have been grade-B horror, but a "B" is too high a mark for the remake. At least in 1971, the rodents were flesh and blood instead of pixels. - James Berardinelli

San Francisco Examiner 8 of 10
Morgan, who penned episodes of "The X-Files" as well as the fairly clever screenplays for Final Destination and The One, makes his directorial debut with Willard. It's an affectionate tribute to the original film and its 1972 sequel Ben, and it also captures the feel of the classic E.C. horror comics from the 1950s--immortalized in Stephen King and George A. Romero's 1982 film Creepshow. - Jeffrey M. Anderson

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Glover,Crispin
Product attributeLabel:   Turner Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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