Yet another picture about how a semi-human, quasi-alien being just can't fit in among earthlings, Ratboy can boast of some modest virtues, but is simply too mild on all counts to carry much impact. Oddball first feature from Sondra Locke, who also stars as an out-of-work journalist, deals with eccentric, desperate individuals but in a rather straightforward, unobsessed manner.

Yet another picture about how a semi-human, quasi-alien being just can’t fit in among earthlings, Ratboy can boast of some modest virtues, but is simply too mild on all counts to carry much impact. Oddball first feature from Sondra Locke, who also stars as an out-of-work journalist, deals with eccentric, desperate individuals but in a rather straightforward, unobsessed manner.

The origins of the title character are never investigated or explained. Indeed, after the terrified little bugger is trapped by some transients, he is just blithely manipulated and used by a succession of hustlers who can’t put their greed and self-interests on hold long enough to even inquire where the tiny one came from or how he got that way.

Acting tends to the broad side, and Ratboy’s nose twitching is cute.

Ratboy

Production

Malpaso. Director Sondra Locke; Producer Fritz Manes; Screenplay Rob Thompson; Camera Bruce Surtees; Editor Joel Cox; Music Lennie Niehaus; Art Director Edward Carfagno

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1986. Running time: 104 MIN.

With

Sondra Locke Robert Townsend Christopher Hewett Larry Hankin Sydney Lassick Gerrit Graham
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