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An American Werewolf in London -- Two American students encounter horror while backpacking through England.


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John Landis - the director of Animal House brings you a different kind of animal. See more »
Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Joe Belcher ... Truck Driver

David Naughton ... David Kessler

Griffin Dunne ... Jack Goodman

David Schofield ... Dart Player

Brian Glover ... Chess Player

Lila Kaye ... Barmaid

Rik Mayall ... 2nd Chess Player
Sean Baker ... 2nd Dart Player
Paddy Ryan ... First Werewolf

Jenny Agutter ... Nurse Alex Price
Anne-Marie Davies ... Nurse Susan Gallagher

John Woodvine ... Dr. J. S. Hirsch

Frank Oz ... Mr. Collins / Miss Piggy
Don McKillop ... Inspector Villiers
Paul Kember ... Sergeant McManus
Colin Fernandes ... Benjamin

Albert Moses ... Hospital Porter

Jim Henson ... Kermit the Frog (archive footage)
Michele Brisigotti ... Rachel Kessler
Mark Fisher ... Max Kessler
Gordon Sterne ... Mr. Kessler
Paula Jacobs ... Mrs. Kessler
Claudine Bowyer ... Creepy Little Girl
Johanna Crayden ... Creepy Little Girl
Nina Carter ... Naughty Nina
Geoffrey Burridge ... Harry Berman
Brenda Cavendish ... Judith Browns
Christopher Scoular ... Sean
Mary Tempest ... Sean's Wife
Cynthia Powell ... Sister Hobbs
Sydney Bromley ... Alf
Frank Singuineau ... Ted
Will Leighton ... Joseph

Michael Carter ... Gerald Bringsley
Elizabeth Bradley ... Woman in Zoo
Rufus Deakin ... Little Boy with Balloons
Lesley Ward ... Little Boy's Mother
George Hilsdon ... News Vendor
Gerry Lewis ... Man in Bus Queue
Dennis Fraser ... 2nd Man in Bus Queue

Alan Ford ... Taxi Driver
Peter Ellis ... Bobby in Trafalgar Square
Denise Stephens ... Girl in Trafalgar Square
Christine Hargreaves ... Ticket Lady
Linzi Drew ... Brenda Bristols - 'See You Next Wednesday' Cast

Lucien Morgan ... Lance Boyle - 'See You Next Wednesday' Cast (as Lucienne Morgan)
Gypsy Dave Cooper ... Chris Bailey - 'See You Next Wednesday' Cast
Susan Spencer ... Georgia Bailey - 'See You Next Wednesday' Cast
Bob Babenia ... Usher
Ken Sicklen ... Bobby at Cinema
John Salthouse ... Bobby at Cinema
John Altman ... Assorted Police
Keith Hodiak ... Assorted Police

John Owens ... Assorted Police
Roger Rowland ... Assorted Police
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Vic Armstrong ... Bus Driver (uncredited)
John Cannon ... Villager (uncredited)
Simon van Collem ... Shop Owner (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Man Outside Cinema (uncredited)
Ryan Folsey ... Kid in trafalgar square (uncredited)
Laurie Goode ... Hospital Porter (uncredited)

John Landis ... Man Being Smashed into Window (uncredited)
Ralph Morse ... Punk on Tube (uncredited)
James Payne ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Terry Walsh ... Taxi Driver Who Crashes His Cab (uncredited)

Directed by
John Landis 
Writing credits
John Landis (written by)

Produced by
George Folsey Jr. .... producer
Peter Guber .... executive producer
Jon Peters .... executive producer
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
Cinematography by
Robert Paynter (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Malcolm Campbell 
Casting by
Debbie McWilliams 
Art Direction by
Leslie Dilley 
Costume Design by
Deborah Nadoolman 
Makeup Department
Elaine Baker .... special makeup effects crew
Rick Baker .... special makeup effects designer and creator
Doug Beswick .... special makeup effects crew
Kevin Brennan .... special makeup effects crew
Robin Grantham .... makeup artist
Tom Hester .... special makeup effects crew
Steve Johnson .... special makeup effects crew
Beryl Lerman .... makeup artist
Shawn McEnroe .... special makeup effects crew (as Sean McEnrow)
Barry Richardson .... hairdresser
Joseph Ross .... special makeup effects crew (as Joe Ross)
Bill Sturgeon .... special makeup effects crew
Craig Reardon .... special makeup effects crew (uncredited)
Production Management
Joyce Herlihy .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Lodge .... third assistant director
Michael Murray .... second assistant director (as Mike Murray)
David Tringham .... first assistant director
Art Department
Peter Childs .... assistant art director
Frederick Crawford .... supervising rigger
Len Day .... carpenter
Len Furey .... construction manager
Tommy Green .... painter
Bill Grzesik .... plasterer
Fred Gunning .... supervising carpenter
Bill Hargreaves .... props
Derek Ixer .... dressing props
Dave Jordan .... property master
Tim Murphy .... rigger
Vince Murphy .... supervising stagehand
Keith Pain .... assistant art director
Sid Palmer .... prop buyer (as Sidney Palmer)
Brian Payne .... props
John Roberts .... supervising painter
Thomas Tarry .... supervising plasterer (as Tom Tarry)
Simon Wakefield .... set dresser
Michael Wells .... stagehand
Tony Wheeler .... dressing props
Bob McLing .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Don Banks .... sound assistant
Roy Benson .... assistant sound editor
Gerry Humphreys .... dubbing mixer
Tony Lenny .... foley
Rocky Phelan .... assistant sound editor
John Poyner .... sound editor
Don Sharpe .... sound editor
Ivan Sharrock .... sound mixer
Ken Weston .... boom operator
Rowland Fowles .... boom operator (uncredited)
Richard Lightman .... special sound effects creator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Neil Corbould .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Martin Gutteridge .... special effects (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Costas Charitou .... titles & opticals: Camera Effects Ltd (uncredited)
David Smith .... optical cameraman: Camera Effects Ltd (uncredited)
Roy Alon .... stunts
Vic Armstrong .... stunts
Ken Barker .... stunts
Dickey Beer .... stunts (as Dickie Beer)
Marc Boyle .... stunts
Sue Crosland .... stunts
Clive Curtis .... stunts
Peter Diamond .... stunts
Tracey Eddon .... stunts
Sadie Eden .... stunts
Terry Forrestal .... stunts
Romo Gorrara .... stunts (as Romo Gomarra)
Fred Haggerty .... stunts
Frank Henson .... stunts
Nick Hobbs .... stunts
Billy Horrigan .... stunts
Arthur Howell .... stunts
Alf Joint .... stunt gaffer
Carl La Fong .... stunts
Gareth Milne .... stunts
Valentino Musetti .... stunts (as Val Musetti)
Terence Plummer .... stunts (as Terry Plummer)
Greg Powell .... stunts
Doug Robinson .... stunts
Ken Shepherd .... stunts
Colin Skeaping .... stunts (as Colin Skeeping)
Tony Smart .... stunts
Rocky Taylor .... stunts
Terry Walsh .... stunts
Paul Weston .... stunts
Nick Wilkinson .... stunts
Vic Armstrong .... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
John Landis .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Anderson .... clapper loader
Alan Barry .... best boy
Peter Bloor .... electrician
Dennis Fraser .... grip
David Garfath .... camera operator
Maurice Gillett .... gaffer
Malcolm MacIntosh .... steadicam operator (as Malcolm McIntosh)
Robin McDonald .... steadicam operator
Bill Nicholson .... electrician
Jeff Paynter .... focus
Barry Peake .... still photographer
Mickie Rowsome .... genny operator
Toby Tyler .... electrician
Ray Andrew .... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby .... special still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Michael Chinich .... casting: Los Angeles
Dee Dee Wehle .... casting: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ian Hickinbotham .... wardrobe master
Keith Morton .... men's wardrobe
Sue Wain .... women's wardrobe
Editorial Department
Simon Battersby .... associate editor
Clive Hartley .... assistant editor
Anna Ksiezopolska .... assistant editor
Steve Maguire .... assistant editor
Jonathan Lucas .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Michael Clifford .... music editor
Transportation Department
Dave Bickers .... action vehicles coordinator
Other crew
Martin Ford .... runner
Ray Freeborn .... location manager
Linda Gregory .... assistant accountant
Sara Keene .... unit publicist
Pamela Mann .... continuity
Derrick Norwood .... assistant accountant (as Derek Norwood)
Jennie Raglan .... production assistant
Maggie Southam .... producer's secretary
Sam Williams .... financial administrator
Robin Demetriou .... cast and crew chef (uncredited)
Joseph Ross .... location crew (uncredited)
Bill Sturgeon .... puppeteer (uncredited)
Jim Henson .... thanks (as Mr. Jim Henson)
James C. O'Rourke .... dedicatee (as Jim O'Rourke)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"The American Werewolf" - Philippines (English title)
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97 min | Sweden:92 min (heavily cut)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
DTS (re-release) | Mono
Argentina:18 (original rating) | Argentina:16 (re-rating) | Australia:M | Australia:MA (DVD rating) | Brazil:12 | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (2001) | Finland:K-18 (heavily cut) (1982) | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM18 | Norway:18 | Peru:18 | Singapore:R21 | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:18 | UK:X (theatrical rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2009) | USA:R (Certificate #26418) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Much of the British cast, including actor John Woodvine, playing the role of Dr. Hirsch, were appearing in the Royal Shakespeare Company's London stage production of "Nicholas Nickleby," simultaneous to the film's production.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The orderly explains that David is being served toast and jam. However in subsequent shots, it is obvious there's no jam on any of the toast.See more »
[first lines]
Truck Driver:That way is Proctor, and over here is the moors. I go this way.
Jack:Thanks for the ride, sir. You have lovely sheep.
Truck Driver:Boys, keep off the moors, stick to the roads. The best to ya...
David:Thanks again.
[then to the sheep]
David:We'll miss you.
David:Bye girls...
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83 out of 103 people found the following review useful.
One of my favorite films, 29 January 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

While backpacking through Europe, two friends, David Kessler (David Naughton) and Jack Goodman (Griffin Dunne), find themselves out on England's moors, despite advice to avoid them. When a wild animal attacks them, one of them dies, and the other just might be turning into a monster.

Director John Landis' "pet project"--he had to sit on the script for 10 years before he had enough clout from other films for this one to be greenlighted--is an excellent, seamless melding of comedy and horror, with a surprising amount of brutality and one of the most wonderfully dark, abrupt conclusions ever made.

John Irving once said that he loves to put comedy and tragedy in close conjunction because each can make the other more effective. That's just the effect that the combination has in An American Werewolf In London. Both the comedy and the horror in the film are fully committed to, unlike many attempts to merge the two. If "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts" is ever true, this is an example. The comic bits wouldn't be nearly as delightful if they didn't supervene on the disturbing, and the horror wouldn't have near the impact if they didn't arrive in the context where you half-expect the next moment to be just as lighthearted and amusing. Both the initial "animal attack" and the apocalyptic ending are perfect examples of this.

Aside from that exquisite unusualness, An American Werewolf In London has many other superb characteristics. The cast is perfect. Naughton, who also starred in the seriously underrated Desire, The Vampire (aka I, Desire) (1982), carries the film with ease. The cinematography is excellent. The shots of the countryside (actually filmed in Wales) are actually both beautiful and very eerie at the same time. The make-up effects are awesome, and the transformation effects are unsurpassed. The music, which is primarily a number of different "moon" related pop songs, is also perfect, partially because of the bizarre contrasts in mood that the music creates, which echoes the comedy/tragedy juxtaposition. Unlike many other films, every scene in this one is a something I'd like to spend years exploring. The settings, the characters, the scenarios are all so fascinating.

This film is a 10 out of 10 even with one hand tied behind its back. If you enjoy it, and you're open minded about newer horror film styles, the "sequel", An American Werewolf in Paris, is also worth a watch.

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