MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 6,827 this week

Wolf Lake (1980)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  1978 (USA)
6.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 76 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 2 critic

Add a Plot

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 584 titles
created 04 Sep 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 29 Dec 2011
 
list image
a list of 113 titles
created 29 Oct 2012
 
a list of 36 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 2286 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Wolf Lake" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Wolf Lake (1980)

Wolf Lake (1980) on IMDb 6.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Wolf Lake.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Everyone figures Lou Ford, a small-town, Montana, deputy sheriff, to be a normal, good-old-boy kind of regular Joe. But no one knows about "the sickness" that drives him to kill.

Director: Burt Kennedy
Stars: Stacy Keach, Susan Tyrrell, Tisha Sterling
The Ghost (2001)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

A feared Chinese Tong soldier goes undercover in America as an Asian Internet bride.

Director: Douglas Jackson
Stars: Julie Lee, Michael Madsen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Deterrence (1999)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The President of the United States must deal with an international military crisis while confined to a Colorado diner during a freak snowstorm

Director: Rod Lurie
Stars: Kevin Pollak, Timothy Hutton, Sheryl Lee Ralph
Big Bad John (1990)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Jimmy Dean's popular 1950 song is translated into a feature length movie about a young couple who elopes to escape the girl's evil stepfather.

Director: Burt Kennedy
Stars: Jimmy Dean, Jack Elam, Ned Beatty
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A sociopathic stranger all but destroys a small hardscrabble town but the 'mayor' convinces its survivors to stay and rebuild.

Director: Burt Kennedy
Stars: Henry Fonda, Janice Rule, Keenan Wynn
Drama | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A professional hitman is hired to kill a brain surgeon. However, it turns out that not only are he and the surgeon old friends, but they are both in love with the same woman.

Director: Allan A. Buckhantz
Stars: Jack Palance, Rod Steiger, Bo Svenson
Comedy | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A con artist arrives in a mining town controlled by two competing companies. Both companies think he's a famous gunfighter and try to hire him to drive the other out of town.

Director: Burt Kennedy
Stars: James Garner, Suzanne Pleshette, Jack Elam
Drama | Mystery | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

While investigating a high-profile murder case, a savvy but unorthodox veteran police inspector has to cope with a bad conscience, bad health, an overzealous partner, a timid superior and ... See full summary »

Director: Maximilian Schell
Stars: Jon Voight, Jacqueline Bisset, Martin Ritt
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A peace-loving man named Ben Kane takes a job as deputy marshal of Lords, in the old West. Kane is no lawman, but he accepts the badge because he has an old score to settle with the town's ... See full summary »

Director: Burt Kennedy
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Angie Dickinson, Robert Walker Jr.
The Deserter (1971)
Certificate: GP Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Bitter over his wife's death due to what he believes was army negligence, Capt. Viktor Kaleb deserts the cavalry and disappears into the southwestern wasteland. But when marauding Apaches ... See full summary »

Directors: Niksa Fulgosi, Burt Kennedy
Stars: Bekim Fehmiu, Richard Crenna, Chuck Connors
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Ass-breaker Dingus Magee is looking for a gold train when he comes upon old acquaintance Hoke Birdsill on stage to San Francisco, and robs him of his money. Hoke goes to the nearby town of ... See full summary »

Director: Burt Kennedy
Stars: Frank Sinatra, George Kennedy, Anne Jackson
Wolf Lake (2001–2002)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Set in the Pacific Northwest, this suspense thriller explores what happens when werewolves overtake a small Seattle suburb.

Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Tim Matheson, Paul Wesley
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Charlie
David Huffman ...
David
...
Linda
...
Wilbur
...
George
Paul Mantee ...
Sweeney
Conrad Hool ...
The Pilot (as Alan Conrad)
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Honor Guard  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$970,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Never tick off a patriotic army veteran.
8 January 2007 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

A couple of middle aged war buddies led by Charlie arrive at Wolf Lake for their annual hunting trip, but the guy they were suppose to meet isn't there, but instead there's a young man, David and his girlfriend who are care-taking the resort. When Charlie finds out David was a deserter in the Vietnam War. Hate builds up within, as he lost his son in Vietnam and he takes it upon himself to hand out the punishment for fleeing his commitments.

If there's a sorely under-valued and truly forgotten pearler, "Wolf Lake" is one of those sleepers that should have a wider audience. It might be far from perfect, as the project has some teetering problems, but for most part it's an adeptly crafted and hauntingly cerebral picture. The problem area mostly arose from the oddly placed flash forward sequences that cut in and out within the narrative. This aspect certainly spoiled what's about to come and clouded the story with confusion. Feels like we the viewer are missing out on details. Actually it begins with the ending, so it's not terribly surprising in the final outcome. But reading a fellow user's review on the flick, it has made interested in seeing the supposed re-edited "The Honor Guard". As the choppy editing that was worked in was the only thing that dampened the film's edge.

Despite knowing what was going to happen, Burt Kennedy's sedately crisp direction was a ticking time bomb waiting to explode with the burning tension and scathing actions coming to the forefront in the closing half. Building up to this riveting game of cat and mouse was made possible by a studiously pressure filled script and a sensationally barnstorming lead turn by Rod Steiger. He really does get into his relentlessly, hot-headed character, but its hard to really despise him as the torment really shows in his face and we watch as it tears him apart. Whenever he and David Huffman's character (David) share the screen watch how intensely gripping their confrontations become and how they feed the film's fire. It's a conflict of two generations just waiting to crack over their opinions of the changing face of America. The bleakly threatening atmosphere spun out from the beautiful lakeside backdrop and isolated woodlands was made to great use and a stirring music score truly does hold a lethal sting in its rhythm. All the rich performances are well grounded and focused. David Huffman as the placid-minded young man David is convincing and a lovely Robin Mattson plays hapless Linda. Jerry Hardin superbly plays the concerned and always consciousness Wilbur. His character is the little voice that Charlie would here if something he was doing didn't sit to well. Richard Herd and Paul Mantee do well in their parts. If your expecting a rough revenge / survival exploitation vehicle amongst a familiar setting. Its starts off with a lot innuendo and then some disturbing moments (like rape) show up. There's way more too it and gladly so. Kennedy fleshes out the situation with a diverse range of traits fusing together with excellent suspense and convicted performances.

A couple hiccups can't stop this stimulating potboiler from deserving to be picked out of obscurity. Admirers of Steiger or Kennedy shouldn't miss out on this one. Recommended.


5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Anyone see the movie 'Wolf Lake' elcamino66
BLU-RAY or DVD PLEASE Pomacea
Discuss Wolf Lake (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?