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Poster of the movie Ratboy.jpg
Cover of VHS release
Directed by Sondra Locke
Produced by Fritz Manes
Written by Rob Thompson
Starring Sondra Locke
Robert Townsend
Christopher Hewett
Bill Maher
Larry Hankin
Sydney Lassick
Gerrit Graham
Louie Anderson
Sharon Baird
John Witherspoon
Ross White
Music by Lennie Niehaus
Cinematography Bruce Surtees
Edited by Joel Cox
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • October 17, 1986 (1986-10-17) (U.S.)
Running time
104 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Ratboy is a 1986 American drama film directed by and starring Sondra Locke.[1][2] 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.



Sharon Baird received a Razzie nomination for Worst Actress.


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