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Rat [DVD]

Peter Postlethwaite , Imelda Staunton , Steve Barron    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Peter Postlethwaite, Imelda Staunton, Frank Kelly, David Wilmott, Kerry Condon
  • Directors: Steve Barron
  • Producers: Steve Barron, Alison Owen
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Aug 2004
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002DXFJI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,461 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The premise of Rat is simple enough: when hard-drinking Hubert Flynn comes home late and bedraggled for the umpteenth time, he wakes up transformed into the rat he truly is. Flynn's family is upset and surprised, but somehow they recognise the appropriateness of this turn of events--Flynn's wife Conchita (Imelda Staunton) even takes a smug satisfaction in her husband's fate. When a writer arrives and offers to help Conchita write a bestselling book about this odd turn of events, she seizes on the opportunity to squeeze something positive from the man who's made her so miserable--and in the process, becomes a bit of a rat herself. Rat takes a little while to establish its comic tone, but once it settles into a kind of Irish magic realism, the deadpan reactions of the family becomes strikingly funny. For example, when Conchita takes the rat to visit Flynn's favourite tavern, one barfly blithely comments, "Still, all things considered, he's not looking so bad". Pete Postlethwaite plays Flynn in his brief time as a non-rat, and all the performances are excellent; particularly charming is Kerry Condon as Flynn's daughter, who desperately tries to preserve some sense of dignity for her altered dad. With its whimsical humour and sardonic streak, Rat is no doubt destined to become a cult favourite. Fans of Monty Python will appreciate the film's sly verbal wit. --Bret Fetzer,

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Pete Postelthwaite is Hubert Flynn, a bread delivery man who loves his Guinness and horse racing more than his wife, and who one night comes home from the pub to discover that he has been turned into a rat. His wife Conchita (Imelda Staunton) is not impressed. She does not forgive easily and refuses to take pity on him. But when a ghost-writer knocks on the door offering Conchita to put their story into a book and then a film of the book and then a book of the film, she is sorely tempted to cash in. This sets the stage for a series of comical adventures for Hubert the rat.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hilarious Film - Rat 18 Jan 2011
I first saw Rat on TV and thought it was hilarious. Imelda Staunton, Pete Postlethwaite, Frank Kelly and David Wilmot star. In fact there are superb performances from the whole cast; Geoffrey Palmer's cameo role as the doctor is delightfully understated.

Set in Dublin, the story is gentle and flows well and with such conviction that it is practically believable. The humour is a mix of subtle and obvious and it is difficult to identify a distinct high point, there are so many.

I don't know when or if Rat will ever appear on TV again but it should, with fanfare announcements. It is a treat that has been missed by too many people.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent film 15 July 2009
I first saw this film late at night on TV and thought it was so hilarious that I had to get it for the rest of the family to see. Managed to track it down on Amazon and the whole family have really enjoyed it. The acting is good, I'm a bit of a Pete Postlethwaite fan anyway and it is so refreshing to get away from American films and enjoy a bit of British humour!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely comedy 4 Feb 2011
By Mr Man
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was not too sure what to expect when I bought this film, but I was pleasently surprised. A lovely comedy that all the family can enjoy. No dull patches, just a gentle stream of comedy from start to finish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rat - a simple yet enduring film 15 Sep 2002
Format:VHS Tape
The main pretext of this filim is that what goes around,comes around. Shot on location in Crumlin, Dublin, where I was born by the way, the film is about a man who turns into a Rat, and the behaveuor of his own familiy once this has happened. Some very funny lines, although if you've looking for special effects, look somewhere else, though in my opionin the film doesn't need it. A good film for the family, or those of us who come from Crumlin Dublin 12.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real laugher 24 Oct 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
When I saw the movie for the first time I saw it as a real family comedy movie. A man who is a delivery man one night turns into a rat and the family hovever surprised still have to go on with their daily lives apart from the fact the Dad is a rat. The funniest part is when I assure you is when he turns back into a person in the fridge with only the christmas turkey covering his private part.Rat hovever irish is a real family cracker.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I light irish comedy 21 Jun 2007
Funny and sweet. I enjoyed this and I liked the irish edge to it.

I would recommend this to anyone with a heart and a good sense of humour.

Very funny.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Rate Rat 15 Jan 2011
I watched this film years ago, and decided to treat myself to a copy on DVD. It's hilarious, with a very gentle humour that totally makes a man turning into a rat a believable proposition. The bit where he gets filthy and his wife (Imelda Staunton, if I remember rightly) bungs him in the machine on a "wool wash" (because it's gentle) is inspired.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't rat this movie ! 12 May 2014
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Eccentric in the extreme but a delightful movie. Lots of laugh-out-loud moments and a few -what-the....? moments aswell! Postlethwaite is brilliant as ever.
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1.0 out of 5 stars What a load ?
The worst film i have ever watched with so many stars couldn't believe when it started how utterley rediculous the story was ? Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mavee
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Film
Came across this quite by accident, thankfully a happy accident and thoroughly enjoyed it, bought another copy for my Dad who also enyoyed the humour, great cast and well acted.
Published 10 months ago by Sue McKenna
4.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre
Brought for my husband who is a fan of Pete Postelthwaite, this is entertaining but a rather bizarre story line
Published 15 months ago by Lorna103
4.0 out of 5 stars unlikely likely
A human turns into a rat and gets away with it. For a large part it is because Pete Postlethwaite is one of the best character actors of recent times. Sad that he left us already ! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Conny
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible
if you love rats as i do you will hate the cruel treatment this poor rat went through! iam aware that for some of the things no live animal was used or at least i hope so anyway! Read more
Published 15 months ago by wes snipes
1.0 out of 5 stars Rat DVD
Having read a good report on this DVD I bought it, but it is not really my scene, although it is very light hearted and good if you like that sort of thing.
Published on 17 April 2012 by Eveta Hubbardibus
2.0 out of 5 stars You Fink?
A jaded and useless film out of Ireland where they ought to know better. The acting was okay but the story itself would put you into a coma. More money down the pan.
Published on 15 May 2011 by M. collins
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