Rat

Rat

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Director: Steven Barron

Cast: Pete Postlethwaite, Imelda Staunton, Frank Kelly

     
 

The ten-minute "Behind the Rat" documentary appended to the DVD of Rat goes into detail about how the rat effects were accomplished, thanks to a pair of unkempt but talented toymakers at the U.K. unit of Jim Henson's Creature Shop. The different cameras built for the project -- including one rigged to a remote-controlled toy car -- are also examined during theSee more details below

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The ten-minute "Behind the Rat" documentary appended to the DVD of Rat goes into detail about how the rat effects were accomplished, thanks to a pair of unkempt but talented toymakers at the U.K. unit of Jim Henson's Creature Shop. The different cameras built for the project -- including one rigged to a remote-controlled toy car -- are also examined during the production of the film, and Imelda Staunton, a stranger in the U.S. but a significant actress in Britain, is a charming hostess. A second rough-hewn and more brief segment called "Casting the Rat" shows how the animal wrangler used a pair of rats to star as Hubert the rodent. Director Steve Barron and Staunton provide running commentary during the film, and they illuminate the production with their insights. The digital transfer from film to disc is nicely rendered and Sir Bob Geldof's score sounds terrific in Dolby Digital 5.1.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
"Magic realism" in cinema is a tough thing to do. Most films are either fantasy-based or reality-based; very few are both because it's very difficult for an audience to wander back and forth across the spectrum without winding up frustrated by the mind games. Like Water for Chocolate, Being John Malkovich, and Chocolat come to mind as examples of films with magic realism elements that work. Add Rat to the list. This hilarious modern-day Irish fable is a farce of the first order, with loveable eccentrics -- even their names are filled with wonderful whimsy (Phelim Spratt?) -- and unpredictable action keeping the laughs coming from beginning to end. The Guinness-drinking rat, rendered by Jim Henson's Creature Shop, has all manner of outrageous things done to it by the zany family in this fast-paced, wonderfully bizarre fantasy. Bob Geldof's score is indispensable, and Pete Postlethwaite and Imelda Staunton are terrific in roles reminiscent of the fast-reacting couple played by John Cleese and Prunella Scales in Fawlty Towers. Rat is funny stuff.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2001
UPC:
0025192139024
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
65,729

Special Features

Behind "The Rat"; Casting "The Rat"; Feature commentary with director Steve Barron; Theatrical trailer; Production notes; Cast and filmmakers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Pete Postlethwaite Hubert
Imelda Staunton Conchita
Frank Kelly Uncle Matt
David Wilmot Phelim Spratt
Kerry Condon Marietta
Andrew Lovern Pius
Veronica Duffy Daisy
Ed Byrne Rudolph
Niall Toibin Father Geraldo
Peter Caffrey Mick the Barman
Geoffrey Palmer The Doctor

Technical Credits
Steven Barron Director,Producer
Stephanie Allain Executive Producer
Siobhan Barron Costumes/Costume Designer
Pete Briquette Score Composer
Wesley Burrowes Screenwriter
Brendan Galvin Cinematographer
Bob Geldof Score Composer
Mark Geraghty Production Designer
Nina Gold Casting
Brian Henson Executive Producer
Alison Owen Producer
Stewart Till Executive Producer
David Yardley Editor

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scenes
1. Main Titles [3:09]
2. Hubert, the Rat [3:29]
3. The Writer [:14]
4. Uncle Matt [6:06]
5. Marietta and Pius [:33]
6. My Secret Rat [4:23]
7. At the Pub [1:37]
8. On the Run [3:16]
9. A Family Meeting [3:09]
10. The Maggot Factory [1:05]
11. Home for Christmas [3:02]
12. Casting Out the Devil [2:24]
13. Hubert's Back [2:35]
14. The Neighbor [6:26]
15. A Letter [:31]
16. About the Book [6:01]
17. My Woman [4:42]
18. End Titles [6:54]

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