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Teen Wolf (1985)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy  |  23 August 1985 (USA)
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A struggling high school student with problems discovers that his family has an unusual pedigree when he finds himself turning into a werewolf.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Ursitti ...
Lorie Griffin ...
Mr. Thorne (as Jim MacKrell)
Jay Tarses ...
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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MICHAEL J. FOX is back from the future in a NEW COMEDY... See more »


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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character Stiles (Jerry Levine) wears a number of colorful shirts in this movie. They appear in the following order: 1) Yellow shirt that says "Life sucks then you die", 2) Blue "Obnoxious: the movie", 3) Black "What are you looking at Dicknose", 4) Gray "Drunken State Florida", 5) Pink - no text, 6) Gray - unreadable, 7) Black - unreadable, 8) Hawaiian shirt, 9) White - "Wolf Buddy" and 10) a white Teen Wolf shirt. Of all the shirts he wears, only one appears to have no text on it. See more »


The day after Scott learns he is a wolf, Lorie notices that "something is different about him". Scott closes his locker, but when Boof talks to him a few seconds later, the locker is open again. See more »


Stiles: [his car is speeding by] Boof, how the hell are you?
Scott Howard: Say no.
Lisa 'Boof' Marconi: [to Stiles] No!
Stiles: Great talking to you.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are shown as the crowd cheers and celebrates in slow motion. See more »


Referenced in Bring Back... The A-Team (2006) See more »


Performed by David Palmer
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User Reviews

Great movie, the ending is classic
9 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

Anyone else ever get emotional at the end of this movie? It may seem overly sensitive to get choked up about an ending like that but that is why Michael J. Fox is great. No other actor could have pulled off that ending in a movie like this. Everything about the ending is perfect. There is no doubt that the ending was the typical happy ending to fun and goofy 80's movie but I always thought the ending of the movie had a little extra special feeling to it. From the moment that the second foul shot goes in and Amy Holland's Shooting for the Moon begins until the screen goes from freeze frame w/ MJF being held in his dad's arms while he kisses the head of Boof to black as the credits roll is a stretch of great emotion for the viewer in my opinion. The Amy Holland song is excellent and I have it on MP3 and burned the song to my best movie soundtracks mix. The whole ending to that movie always is great no matter how many times you've seen it. There are so many awesome things about that ending but I'll spare everyone my babbling about all of the great things that transpire at the end of this movie. Criticize its so called "cheesiness," as some people eluded to in other comments, all you like but each person who is critical of and concentrated on that aspect is just being sheltered about the child that is inside of everyone. Come on people just let loose and enjoy a true feel good movie with the classic storybook ending that all humans want to see. Why does everything always have to be realistic?! This movie is an enduring classic film from the 80's and deserves more credit that it has received over the years.

"When your shooting for the moon and finally make it. I guess a lucky star is shining on you. The candle on the cake is yours so take it, make another wish it's sure to come true. Isn't that the way you do it? Maybe I could do it to..."-Amy Holland, Shooting For The Moon, Teen Wolf main theme song, 1985.

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