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Director:
Writers:
Stephen King (novel)
Stephen King (screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 October 1985 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
It started in May in a small town and every month after that whenever the moon is full... It came back. See more »
Plot:
A werewolf terrorizes a small city where lives Marty Coslaw, - a paralytic boy - his uncle and his sister - the narrator of the story. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
An example of a master's touch See more (121 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Gary Busey ... Uncle Red

Everett McGill ... Reverend Lowe

Corey Haim ... Marty Coslaw

Megan Follows ... Jane Coslaw
Robin Groves ... Nan Coslaw

Leon Russom ... Bob Coslaw

Terry O'Quinn ... Sheriff Joe Haller

Bill Smitrovich ... Andy Fairton

Joe Wright ... Brady Kincaid
Kent Broadhurst ... Herb Kincaid
Heather Simmons ... Tammy Sturmfuller
James A. Baffico ... Milt Sturmfuller
Rebecca Fleming ... Mrs. Sturmfuller

Lawrence Tierney ... Owen Knopfler
William Newman ... Virgil Cuts
Sam Stoneburner ... Mayor O'Banion
Lonnie Moore ... Billy McLaren
Rick Pasotto ... Aspinall
Cassidy Eckert ... Girl
Wendy Walker ... Stella Randolph
Michael Lague ... Stella's Boyfriend
Myra Mailloux ... Stella's Mother
William Brown ... Bobby Robertson
Herb Harton ... Elmer Zinneman
David Hart ... Pete Sylvester
Graham Smith ... Porter Zinneman
Paul Butler ... Edgar Rounds
Crystal Field ... Maggie Andrews
Julius LeFlore ... Smokey
Roxanne Aalam ... Uncle Red's Girl
Pearl Jones ... Mrs. Thayer
Ish Jones Jr. ... Mr. Thayer
Steven White ... Outfielder
Conrad McLaren ... Mac

Tovah Feldshuh ... Older Jane (voice)

James Gammon ... Arnie Westrum

Directed by
Daniel Attias 
 
Writing credits
Stephen King (novella "Cycle of the Werewolf")

Stephen King (screenplay)

Produced by
Dino De Laurentiis .... producer
Martha De Laurentiis .... producer (as Martha Schumacher)
John M. Eckert .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Jay Chattaway 
 
Cinematography by
Armando Nannuzzi 
 
Film Editing by
Daniel Loewenthal 
 
Casting by
Jeremy Ritzer 
 
Production Design by
Giorgio Postiglione 
 
Costume Design by
Clifford Capone 
 
Makeup Department
Barbara Page .... key makeup artist
Jeff Goodwin .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
John M. Eckert .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John T. Kretchmer .... assistant director
Bruce Moriarty .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Keith Darwin .... scenic
Carlo Postiglione .... props
Jeffrey Schlatter .... construction coordinator
 
Sound Department
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Bryce Goodman .... sound mixer
Dan Lieberstein .... supervising sound editor
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jeff Jarvis .... special effects coordinator
Michael McCracken .... special effects makeup supervisor
Michael Shawn McCracken .... special effects makeup artist (as Michael McCracken Jr.)
Matthew W. Mungle .... special effects makeup artist
Francesco Paolocci .... werewolf suit creator
Gaetano Paolocci .... werewolf suit creator
Carlo Rambaldi .... werewolf suit creator
Jill Rockow .... special effects makeup artist
Michael Stein .... special effects makeup artist
 
Visual Effects by
Rick Baker .... visual effects
Rob Bottin .... visual effects
Joseph P. Mercurio .... visual effects
 
Stunts
Phil Adams .... stunts
Chrystal Ashley .... stunts
Christine Anne Baur .... stunts (as Christine Baur)
Erik Cord .... stunts (as Eric Cord)
Julius LeFlore .... stunt coordinator (as Julius Le Flore)
Sandra Long .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunt double
Pat Romano .... stunts (as Patrick Romano)
Marvin Smith .... stunts
Packy Smith .... stunts
Dianne L. Wilson .... stunts (as Diane Wilson)
Julius LeFlore .... werewolf stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Holly Bower .... still photographer
 
Casting Department
Craig Fincannon .... additional casting
Mark Fincannon .... additional casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jayme Bednarczyk .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Tommy Dorsett .... apprentice editor
Brent Eldridge .... digital color correction
Vanessa Procopio .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
David Michael Frank .... music performer: electronic music (as David Frank)
Barb Luby .... orchestrator
Shelly Palmer .... music sampling (as Shelton Leigh Palmer)
Jack K. Tillar .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Laura Warner .... production driver
 
Other crew
Larry D. Jones .... location assistant
Harold Mauck .... werewolf suit crew
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Stephen King's Silver Bullet" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
95 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:R | Finland:K-18 | France:-12 | Germany:16 (re-rating) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:(Banned) (1987-2003) (cinema release) | Norway:18 (video premiere) (1987) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG (cut) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:15 (DVD rating) (2008) | USA:R | West Germany:18

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Trivia:
This was Daniel Attias's first (and only) feature film he directed. For the rest of the 1980s to today he mostly directed TV episodes for some famous shows and hasn't made another theatrical film.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In the scene right after Marty shoots the werewolf in the eye and rides back to his house, you can very obviously see his legs moving when he climbs from his window to his bed, even though he is supposed to be paralyzed from the waist down.See more »
Quotes:
Jane Coslaw:I hate you, you booger!See more »
Movie Connections:
References "The Lone Ranger" (1949)See more »
Soundtrack:
Amazing GraceSee more »

FAQ

Is wolfbane a real plant?
How many people does the werewolf kill?
Any recommendations for other werewolf movies?
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25 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
An example of a master's touch, 18 July 2004
Author: Ray Simard from San Diego

I was about to turn off the TV as opening titles rolled for Silver Bullet and I saw the "Cycle of the Werewolf" reference, as I really don't care much for fantasy monsters at all. This being a Stephen King, though, I thought I'd give it a look. I'm glad I did.

The difference between this and the standard, cookie-cutter, grade-B monster/werewolf/e-mail-spammer horror flick could be a tutorial for playwrights, screenwriters and cinematographers. Instead of the tired horror-flick plot - monster terrorizes small town after killing some folks (usually with heavy-handed special-effects gore, repeated frequently throughout); populace panics and does a lot of stupid things; standard-issue hero arrives; standard-issue sexy young heroine falls in love with him and the movie ends with the standard-issue hero dispatching the monster moments before monster is about to make standard-issue heroine his/her/its next victim - this one deftly draws on strong theatrical principles and creativity to make the viewing real entertainment.

The young protagonist, who could be a paraplegic edition of ELL-LEE-YUHHT from E.T., his mid-teenage sister, which character, as an adult, opens the story with off-camera narrative (by Tovah Feldshuh), and an equally-charming third kid, who happens to be the boy's uncle and is chronologically but in no other respect an adult, endearingly played by Gary Busey, are developed skilfully as characters in their own right, entirely apart from the werewolf theme. By making us know and care about them, as well as the lesser characters, King creates a warm and personal relationship between them and the audience, something rarely achieved in standard horror/suspense fare. Busey is just right as the uncle who finds responsibility to be rather an impediment to enjoying life.

Injecting just the right touch of comedy where you'd least expect it and making it work - to avoid spoiling, I'll just say something about the woods at night and a bunch of people who don't belong there - a few red herrings to keep you guessing, and one broad clue to the identity of the werewolf that the sharp-eyed and -eared might catch but is otherwise not at all tipping a hand, all combine to hold the interest and attention of the viewer. The knitting-together of various threads - the significance of the monster's attack on the suicidal woman, for one - creates a certain intricacy that typical monster-flick shows rarely have.

Some blood and gore is unavoidable in a story like this; but again, it's handled with skill and delicacy instead of blunt force. The attack scenes are crafted to use the viewer's imagination much more than the special-effects department to create the impression. Watch carefully and you'll notice that the illusion is created by alternating very brief flashes of action streaking by the lens, almost too fast to discern, with establishing shots of the victim's accumulating injuries, with the audio gluing it all together. A few frames of the monster's snout or eyes moving past, a claw (or later on, a club or baseball bat) streaking by, but not not visibly headed for any particular target, horrified looks and increasing amounts of blood from the victim who may get tossed across the room or otherwise propelled violently but you never see the propelling directly, and your imagination does the rest.

It's not the masterpiece of the ages; but it's a film to enjoy once, and then, if you're into the theatrical arts at all, see again - for study.

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