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Teen Wolf (1985)

An ordinary high school student discovers that his family has an unusual pedigree when he finds himself turning into a werewolf.



(as Joseph Loeb III),
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Ursitti ...
Lorie Griffin ...
Mr. Thorne (as Jim MacKrell)
Elizabeth Gorcey ...
Melanie Manos ...
Charles Zucker ...


Meet Scott Howard, a struggling high school student with problems. He is on a lackluster basketball team with a lame duck coach, he is having problems getting noticed by the prettiest girl in his school, Pamela Wells (who already has a boyfriend who wants to ruin Scott's life named Mick McAllister). But in the middle of it all, he feels an effects of a dog whistle and he itches everywhere and even discovers that his nails are longer and sharp. When he came home from a party, he discovers his new problem. He is a half human-wolf hybrid. He tries to keep this a secret, but during a basketball game the secret comes out and it helped Scott to turn his life around, the basketball team starts to become a contender for the state championships. He became very popular, and he was discovered by Pamela, and begin to go out with each other (despite that Pamela is still going out with Mick). However, Scott's father warns him about turning into the wolf out of anger. Scott must watch his anger as ... Written by John Wiggins

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Comedy | Fantasy


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Release Date:

23 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lobo adolescente  »

Box Office


$33,086,700 (USA)

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Bill Simmons (the famed Sports Guy on ESPN who went on to run Grantland and The Ringer as well as do multiple projects for ESPN and later HBO) loved the movie and often used it as a comparison point for NBA players in calling it a "thinking man's basketball film". In his best-selling nonfiction tome "The Book of Basketball", Simmons compared Kobe Bryant's career with that of Michael J. Fox's titular character, noting at length that Kobe had alternated between being a team player and a selfish me-first scorer not unlike Teen Wolf after he became "the big wolf on campus". Simmons did note in TBOB that the editing of the basketball scenes in the film was the worst he'd ever seen for a sports film. See more »


At the dance, Stiles' position changes as Teen Wolf walks down the line of people. First he is seen standing next to Mick, then he is further down the line. See more »


[Rehearsing for the school play]
Scott Howard: Sergeant, burn the fields and when you're done with that, burn the house.
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The end credits are shown as the crowd cheers and celebrates in slow motion. See more »


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Music by Miles Goodman (uncredited)
Lyrics by Douglas Brayfield (uncredited)
Performed by David Morgan
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Charming Michael J. Fox
11 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

Scott Howard (Michael J. Fox) is an average student and an average basketball player on a very bad school team. Popular girl Pamela Wells doesn't care for him. His best friend is the girl Boof (Susan Ursitti) who is secretly in love with him. His other best friend Stiles (Jerry Levine) is a talkative schemer. He is slowly showing signs of something. His father Harold (James Hampton) tells him that their family are werewolves. When he shows his true self on the basketball court, the students surprise by showering him with love as they win games. Even Pamela starts to like the popular Scott angering her boyfriend Mick. However it's not all smooth sailing as he struggles to find his identity.

This is a very average teen movie. Michael J. Fox is the only thing that make this compelling. He has a charm that makes this silly concept watchable. There is a good message underneath with Scott trying to figure out his identity like all teenager movie. It's not as stupid as one might think but we're not talking about Shakespeare either.

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