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


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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)
Kevin Brennan ... Werewolf (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)
Brendan Hughes ... Werewolf (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
Denis Fraser .... grip (as Dennis Fraser)
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)
Location Management
Ray Freeborn .... location manager
Music Department
Michael Clifford .... music editor
Transportation Department
Dave Bickers .... action vehicles coordinator
Other crew
Martin Ford .... runner
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 (original rating) | Australia:MA15+ (re-rating) (2001) | 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?

One of two werewolf films to win the Academy Award for Best Makeup. Rick Baker won both times the second being for The Wolfman (2010).See more »
Continuity: Amount of Guinness in Dr. Hirsch's cup at the pub.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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62 out of 80 people found the following review useful.
Going Out On A Limb (no pun intended)!!, 23 May 2004
Author: jbirtel ( from United States

A Film maker's film that's an homage and a refreshing take on the werewolf legend. It's scary; rich in dialogue; practical... (in a horror movie???) AND Funny!

Especially in DTS sound... It's Scary!!!

Specifically...for anyone who enjoys the old 'Universal Studios' classic renditions of the "Wolf Man" saga, this modern 'fairy tale horror' doesn't violate any traditions. If you haven't seen the old classics, not to worry;...this flick stands on its own.

The story unfolds!...And the tension begins!...slowly!

Actors Naughton and Dunne are perfectly cast as your typical college students, backpacking their way thru Europe for...well...for what ELSE!!?!! Their back & forth banter is priceless!! Their 'on screen' chemistry is, unfortunately, too short (that's kinda redeemed in the DVD commentary by both actors). And their trek across the fog laden moor ranks as one of the most frightening scenes in movie history.

But the real star of the film is director John Landis!

Along with the Cast!

And make-up artist Rick Baker.

Not since "Bud Abbott & Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein" has Comedy/Horror worked so well. The difference is: unlike "A&C Meet Frankenstein", this film is a horror story laced with a sharp and clever 'comic relief'. And Landis captures that fine line balance between horror/humor that is unprecedented.

A near definitive werewolf movie that's bloody! scary! funny! satirical! funny! intelligent! sexy! charming!...and ultimately sad!!!...(did I say funny twice?). HEY...if you ever take time to see only one werewolf movie; then...

Well...everyone's got their opinion.

But this film ranks way up their in horror. A Classic!!

With a soundtrack that's perfectly placed! And composer Elmer Bernstein perfectly placing the music.

Grab the popcorn! And Hang On!

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