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.

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Cover of VHS release
Directed bySondra Locke
Produced byFritz Manes
Written byRob Thompson
StarringSondra Locke
Robert Townsend
Christopher Hewett
Bill Maher
Larry Hankin
Sydney Lassick
Gerrit Graham
Louie Anderson
Sharon Baird
John Witherspoon
Ross White
Music byLennie Niehaus
CinematographyBruce Surtees
Edited byJoel Cox
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • October 17, 1986 (1986-10-17) (U.S.)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited States

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.

In the end, the police are searching for Eugene's body, as Nikki stands saddened until a crystal in her jacket pocket begins to shine. Eugene had survived the gunshot and is hiding on top of a tree and signaling Nikki. Nikki is happy that Eugene is alive. Eugene then begins to flee as the police continue searching for him.



Sondra Locke received a 1987 Razzie nomination for Worst Actress, losing to Madonna for Who's That Girl.


  1. ^ Maslin, Janet (October 17, 1986). "Ratboy (1986) SCREEN: 'RATBOY'". The New York Times. New York City: The New York Times Company. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  2. ^ "Ratboy". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved July 10, 2016.

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