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Release Date:
19 April 1985 (USA) See more »
Within the forests are strangers lying in wait for innocents . . . who stray from the path! [Australia Theatrical] See more »
A teenage girl in a country manor falls asleep while reading a magazine and she has a disturbing dream involving wolves which appears to take place in the woods visible from her bedroom window. | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 4 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 10 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Sometimes bleak, sometimes hopeful, always stunning See more (108 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Angela Lansbury ... Granny

David Warner ... Father

Graham Crowden ... Old Priest

Brian Glover ... Amorous Boy's Father
Kathryn Pogson ... Young Bride

Stephen Rea ... Young Groom
Tusse Silberg ... Mother
Micha Bergese ... Huntsman

Sarah Patterson ... Rosaleen

Georgia Slowe ... Alice
Susan Porrett ... Amorous Boy's Mother
Shane Johnstone ... Amorous Boy
Dawn Archibald ... Witch Woman

Richard Morant ... Wealthy Groom
Danielle Dax ... Wolfgirl
Vincent McClaren ... Devil Boy
Ruby Buchanan ... Dowager
Jimmy Gardner ... Ancient
Roy Evans ... Eyepatch
Edward Marksen ... Lame Fiddler
Jim Brown ... Blind Fiddler (as Jimmy Brown)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jim Carter ... Second Husband (uncredited)

Terence Stamp ... The Devil (uncredited)

Directed by
Neil Jordan 
Writing credits
Angela Carter (screenplay) and
Neil Jordan (screenplay)

Angela Carter (story "The Company of Wolves")

Produced by
Chris Brown .... producer
Nik Powell .... executive producer
Stephen Woolley .... executive producer
Stephen Woolley .... producer
Original Music by
George Fenton 
Cinematography by
Bryan Loftus 
Film Editing by
Rodney Holland 
Casting by
Susie Figgis 
Production Design by
Anton Furst 
Art Direction by
Stuart Rose 
Costume Design by
Elizabeth Waller 
Makeup Department
Sylvia Croft .... makeup artist
Paula Gillespie .... supervising hairdresser
Richard Glass .... standby contact lens optician
Pauline Heys .... makeup artist
Stephanie Kaye .... hairdresser
Mark Nelson .... hairdresser: Angela Lansbury
Jane Royle .... makeup supervisor
Christopher Tucker .... special makeup effects
Production Management
Vivien Pottersman .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Frift .... third assistant director
Simon Hinkly .... first assistant director
Paul Tivers .... second assistant director
Art Department
Dick Budden .... polystyrene tree sculpture & modelling
Eddie Butler .... polystyrene tree sculpture & modelling
David Coley .... standby
Tony Common .... scenic artist
Philip Elton .... draughtsman
Christopher Hobbs .... storyboard artist: special effects
Geoff Kingsley .... construction manager
John O'Connor .... storyboard artist
Ray Perry Sr. .... property master (as Ray Perry)
Nigel Phelps .... draughtsman
Steve Simmonds .... polystyrene tree sculpture & modelling
Adrian Start .... supervising painter
Peter Walpole .... production buyer
Robert Williams .... polystyrene tree sculpture & modelling
Emma Harrison .... scenic artist (uncredited)
David Ned Kelly .... carpenter (uncredited)
Peter Mann .... stand-by constructor (uncredited)
Sound Department
Alan Bell .... dubbing editor
Paul Carr .... dubbing mixer
John Chandler .... boom operator
David John .... sound mixer
Neil Kingsbury .... sound recordist: effects unit
Matthew Launay .... boom assistant
Michael Saxton .... assistant dubbing editor (as Mike Saxton)
Anthony Sloman .... supervising dubbing editor
Bryan Tilling .... dubbing editor
Special Effects by
Dave Eltham .... special effects assistant
Stuart Robinson .... animatronics supervisor
Rodger Shaw .... animatronic wolf
Bob Thorne .... special effects
Alan Whibley .... special effects
Dave Chagouri .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Dave Crownshaw .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Toby Philpott .... animatronic wolf and transformations (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Clive Hedges .... assistant director: effects
Alan Church .... optical effects (uncredited)
Tony Willis .... effects cameraman (uncredited)
Marc Boyle .... stunt arranger
Terry Cade .... stunts
Graeme Crowther .... stunts
Tex Fuller .... stunts
Nick Hobbs .... stunts
Gareth Milne .... stunts
Dinny Powell .... stunts
Bill Weston .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Batt .... grip: effects unit
John Campbell .... camera operator: effects
Tom Collins .... unit still photographer
Tony Cridlin .... grip
Ian Foster .... clapper loader: effects unit
Brian Herlihy .... focus puller
Sue Knight .... clapper loader
Peter MacDonald .... director of effects photography
Mark Moriarty .... camera trainee: effects unit
Eamonn O'Keeffe .... focus puller: effects unit
Simon Reeves .... camera trainee
Mike Roberts .... camera operator
Steve Birtles .... gaffer (uncredited)
Peter Hodgson .... video playback operator: second unit (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Birkinshaw .... wardrobe assistant (as John Birkenshaw)
Ken Lewington .... wardrobe supervisor
Pauline Lewington .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
Tim Arrowsmith .... second assistant editor
Justin Krish .... first assistant editor
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
Kevin Phelan .... unit projectionist: Mercury Theatres (uncredited)
Music Department
Robert Stewart .... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Norma Brusa .... production coordinator
Alexis Cahill .... unit runner: effects
Chris Carreras .... unit coordinator: effects
Gilly Case .... production assistant (as Gill Case)
Robin Demetriou .... catering supervisor
Mary Holdsworth .... continuity: effects
Trevor Kaye .... office runner
Stephen Masters .... titles designer
Jenny Pollitt .... assistant to producers
David Saggs .... production accountant
Alison Thorne .... continuity
Chris Wood .... title designer

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95 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

According to Neil Jordan, it was he who suggested adding the modern frame story to the narrative, giving the film what Jordan calls "a Chinese Box structure" (stories within stories). He came up with this idea after seeing The Saragossa Manuscript (1965), which has a similar structure. Jordan also talks about this film on his DVD commentary, where he also sites Roger Corman's films as a major influence, especially Pit and the Pendulum (1961), The Tomb of Ligeia (1964) and The Masque of the Red Death (1964).See more »
[after the bride's husband decapitates the wolf's head]
Young Bride:[sees the head turn into a man's face in the milk, sadly] He looks just the same! As the day I married him!
[the bride's husband goes angry and slaps her very hard]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Serial Mom (1994)See more »


What is the significance of the voiceover at the end of the film?
Why is Granny's head made of porcelain?
What is the significance of the bible verse?
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Sometimes bleak, sometimes hopeful, always stunning, 25 February 2016

It's very atmospheric and there is vivid imagery, but the characters for me were more like storybook characters. Not very three-dimensional and sorta blended into the background of this world. They served a purpose but Rosaleen was clearly the star of the story. This is a movie I'd recommend if you're in the mood for something quiet, mysterious and subtly tragic. It's very memorable even if the story itself takes on a totally different direction than what you'd expect from this well known tale. The soundtrack really brings out the mood and feeling of it all. The cast was chosen wisely. I don't necessarily look at this movie as a werewolf tale so much as it's more about the girl. The wolves are the base of the storyline but their emotional impact is somewhat reserved for the latter part of the movie. Which I felt should have been focused more upon. We met two men and a woman in this story who are werewolves, but never have too much of a chance to really get to know them too well. Which I think was this film's biggest weakness.

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