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21 August 1981 (USA) See more »
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) | Chile:14 | Chile:18 (Original rating) | 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?

Only four American work permits were requested of the British government for the production: for director John Landis, makeup artist Rick Baker, and actors David Naughton and Griffin Dunne. The first three work permits were granted by the British government without question. But the British office of Actors' Equity questioned the necessity of a work permit for actor Dunne, claiming that there were already plenty of young American actors living in Great Britain who could portray the role of Jack. It was only when director/screenwriter Landis threatened to rewrite the script and re-title the movie "An American Werewolf in Paris" that the equity office reconsidered the application and granted Dunne his work permit.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: It would seem extreme to take a badly injured patient all the way from Yorkshire to London - a journey of some 200 miles - when St James' Hospital in Leeds would be a lot closer. That is, unless the parents requested their son be taken to a hospital in London, due to ignorance of UK geography or assuming a hospital in the capital would provide the best treatment.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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Why did the villagers in the Slaughtered Lamb drive Jack and David out of the pub?
Why didn't Jack become a werewolf?
Why did the men at the Slaughtered Lamb end up going after the boys?
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44 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Our Dual Natures Served Up Hollywood Style, 26 September 2005
Author: jstock426 from United States

John Landis reveals a philosophical take on mankind in this film, namely, that we have two natures: one benign, one monstrous. The werewolf legend handily serves as that proposition's allegorical vehicle, and compared to the alluded-to Nazi atrocities in two scenes, the legend actually pales. Sadly, under the dark impetus of our arrogance and vanity, our metaphorical "full moon", man is perfectly capable of transforming into nightmarish beast.

As a director, Landis approaches Hitchcock in terms of scene economy and symbolism. For example, the opening sequence set on the moors of northern England features the tragic hero David and his friend Jack climbing out of the bed of a truck laden with sheep - benign animals destined for slaughter. Biped "sheep" David and Jack meander to "The Slaughtered Lamb", a pub sheltering cowering, xenophobic locals from the monster afoot on the moors during full moon. Soon the inhospitality of the town folk compels the two lambs to leave - virtually sending them to their slaughter.

And so it goes throughout this brilliant film. Without revealing the ending, it can be stated that Landis makes his case against the idea that love conquers all; instead, he suggests that love only gives the beast within us pause.

Beware the moon.

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