Cover of VHS release
|Directed by||Sondra Locke|
|Produced by||Fritz Manes|
|Written by||Rob Thompson|
|Music by||Lennie Niehaus|
|Edited by||Joel Cox|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
Ratboy is a 1986 American drama film directed by and starring Sondra Locke. The make-up effects were designed by Rick Baker. The film's scenario is at times comic or serious, and one of its peculiarities is that there never is any explanation for Ratboy's origin and existence as a human-rat hybrid.
Ratboy had a troubled production and was both a critical and commercial failure. However, it received better reviews in European countries, especially France, winning the Deauville American Film Festival.
A failed window dresser named Nikki overhears of a mysterious "Ratboy" named Eugene while dumpster diving at a dump. After finding and befriending him, Nikki makes several attempts at exploiting his uniqueness to the public. At the same time, Eugene wishes to avoid public attention.
- Sondra Locke ... Nikki Morrison
- Robert Townsend ... Manny
- Christopher Hewett ... Acting Coach
- Larry Hankin ... Robert Jewell
- Sydney Lassick ... Lee 'Dial-A-Prayer'
- Gerrit Graham ... Billy Morrison
- Louie Anderson ... Omer Morrison
- Sharon Baird ... Ratboy (as S. L. Baird)
- Billie Bird ... Psychic
- John Witherspoon ... Heavy
- Charles Bartlett ... Catullus Cop
Sharon Baird received a Razzie nomination for Worst Actress.
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