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Writer:
Milton Moses Ginsberg (written by)
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October 1973 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A reporter who has had an affair with the daughter of the U.S. President is sent to Hungary. There he is bitten by a werewolf... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Dean Stockwell ... Jack Whittier
Katalin Kallay ... Giselle
Henry Ferrentino ... Beal
Despo Diamantidou ... Gypsy Woman (as Despo)

Thayer David ... Inspector
Nancy Andrews ... Mrs. Margie Captree

Clifton James ... Attorney General
Biff McGuire ... President
Jack Waltzer ... Appointments Secretary
Ben Yaffee ... Mr. Captree
Jane House ... Marion
Beeson Carroll ... Commander Salmon
Jacqueline Brookes ... Angela - Publisher
Barbara Spiegel ... Hippie
Thurman Scott ... Hippie (as Thurmon Scott)
Tom Scott ... Reporter
Dennis McMullen ... Astronaut
Lenka Peterson ... Senator Joan
Randy Phillips ... Federal Agent

James Tolkan ... Dark Glasses

Michael Dunn ... Dr. Kiss
Stephen Cheng ... Chinese Foreign Minister
John Garson ... Gypsy Man
Richard Wexler ... Violinist
Mark Melendez ... Youngest Son (as Mark Mezendez)
Michael Sarossy ... Peasant
Ling-Ai Li ... Washington Hostess (as Li Ling Ai)
Danna Hansen ... Supermarket Shopper
Jim Campagna ... Ambulance Attendant
Robert Patterson ... Ambulance Attendant
Al Schneiderman ... Window Cleaner
Richard Sorrentino ... Police Sergeant
Robert Sheridan ... Police Sergeant
Kenneth Moore ... Police Sergeant
Rusty Blitz ... Waiter
Derek Steeley ... Diner
Anita Daniels ... Diner
Edmund Dantez ... Diner (as Edmond Dante)
Phil Denman ... Diner
Jane Marla Robbins ... Reporter
Jerry Roth ... Press Aide
Glenn Kezer ... Military
Harry Stockwell ... Military
Norman Beim ... Military
Spencer Davis ... Military
Richard Marr ... Military

Terry Alexander ... Guard
John Henry Redwood ... Guard
Charles Regan ... Helicopter Pilot
Joel Levitch ... Marine
Jim Simpson ... Super Bowl Announcer (voice)
Kyle Rote ... Super Bowl Announcer (voice)

Jan Welt ... Newscaster

Directed by
Milton Moses Ginsberg 
 
Writing credits
Milton Moses Ginsberg (written by)

Produced by
Stephen A. Miller .... associate producer (as Stephen Miller)
Nina Schulman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Arnold Freed 
 
Cinematography by
Robert M. Baldwin (director of photography) (as Bob Baldwin)
 
Film Editing by
Milton Moses Ginsberg 
 
Art Direction by
Nancy Miller-Corwin 
 
Makeup Department
Irvin Carlton .... makeup assistant (as Irving Carlton)
Chany Catala .... additional makeup artist
Chany Catala .... hair stylist
Bob O'Bradovich .... makeup creator
 
Production Management
David Appleton .... production manager (as David B. Appleton)
 
Art Department
Ken Munowitz .... credits designer
 
Sound Department
Jack Cooley .... sound mixer
Dale Whitman .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Martin Andrews .... gaffer
Bernard Breitbart .... assistant camera
Harry Peck Bolles .... grip
Nancy Schreiber .... assistant gaffer
Frost Wilkinson .... gaffer
 
Editorial Department
Arthur Ginsberg .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Arnold Freed .... conductor
 
Other crew
Judy March .... script supervisor
Pamela Rassiga .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Jack Ward .... special thanks (as Mr. Jack Ward)
 

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90 min | UK:85 min (DVD)
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Certification:
Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2008) | Norway:16 | Spain:12 (2010) | UK:15 | USA:PG

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Trivia:
Hosted by Elvira Mistress of the Dark on her show "Movie Macabre" on November 21st 1981.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: At about the 47 minute mark, the werewolf bursts out of the darkness at center screen to attack the Hippy Chick in the phone booth. Unfortunately, the actor, as he mounts the stairs from the left seconds before to get into position, breaks out of the light shadow enough to distract from the 'boo' effect.See more »
Quotes:
Commander Salmon:What does the Pentagon have to do with this?
Jack Whittier:[agitated] The pent-a-gram! The five-pointed STAR!
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
It's a strange one ..., 8 May 2005
Author: Noel (Teknofobe70) from Bromsgrove, England

As you can probably guess from the title alone, "Werewolf of Washington" is basically a direct take on "The Wolf Man" story, shaped into a kind of political satire.

We join press secretary Jack Whittier on assignment in Hungary, where his girlfriend buys him a silver cane with a wolf's head handle. When his car breaks down he encounters some strange gypsies, and is attacked by a wolf which he beats to death with his cane. After the wolf is dead it changes back into human form, but the police don't even arrest him for murder. Jack is convinced that there is some kind of a government cover-up going on, but a gypsy woman tells him that he has become a werewolf, cursed with the sign of the pentagram ("Oh, so the pentagon's involved?"). He then returns to Washington, and finds that a series of people he meets are murdered in animal-like attacks ...

This movie does have a lot of very funny and memorable moments. The "phone booth" attack and most of the scenes with the president (particularly the bowling alley sequence) rank particularly highly, and this is certainly a film you won't forget in a hurry. It's one of the most original werewolf movies I've seen in a long time. The acting is surprisingly good considering how incompetent some aspects of the film appear to be, and that's where a lot of the comedy comes from. Dean Stockwell gives an excellent, nervous performance reminiscent of Lon Chaney Jr, and Biff McGuire as the president is just great.

However, it isn't all good news ... it was directed by Milton Moses Ginsberg, who seems primarily to have worked as an editor but has directed several obscure movies (his first movie "Coming Apart" actually appears quite popular critically). The film-making isn't terrible, but it's not really of professional quality -- in some scenes you can even catch that elusive shadow of the cameraman. Considering it was made by an editor, the movie is slow-moving and doesn't flow as well as it should, and some of the cuts just don't work at all. The dialogue is pretty clunky most of the time, although there are some clever plays on words. It's a political satire made at a time when it was fashionable to attack the administration, so of course there's plenty of topical humour going on.

Yes, it's silly and it's cheap and it's pretty incompetent, but it's also a lot of fun. I'm even tempted to give it a higher rating, but I might not live that down. Just see it if you want some quick laughs.

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