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.
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 as Nikki Morrison
- Sharon Baird as Ratboy/Eugene (as S.L. Baird)
- Robert Townsend as Manny
- Christopher Hewett as Acting Coach
- Larry Hankin as Robert Jewell
- Sydney Lassick as Lee 'Dial-A-Prayer'
- Gerrit Graham as Billy Morrison
- Louie Anderson as Omer Morrison
- Billie Bird as Psychic
- John Witherspoon as Heavy
- Charles Bartlett as Catullus Cop