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(1994)

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Michelle Pfeiffer adopted a baby girl, became engaged and got married all during the making of this film.
Director Mike Nichols had originally wanted lead actress Michelle Pfeiffer to wear a red-hooded sweatshirt for the film's final act. She refused as she thought it would harm the film's credibility.
Despite their on-screen relationship, Michelle Pfeiffer and James Spader became friends during the making of this film and were still friends when Pfeiffer's husband, TV producer David E. Kelley, was looking for the male lead for his series Boston Legal (2004).
In Christopher Plummer's new memoir, he revealed that while filming a scene, he got so into character that he actually slapped Michelle Pfeiffer across the face instead of faking it.
Jack Nicholson had been trying to get this film made with his friend, writer Jim Harrison, for 12 years.
This was the second movie that Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer made together after The Witches of Eastwick (1987) and their first since Jack played the Joker in Batman (1989) and Michelle played Catwoman in Batman Returns (1992).
Although the film is about a werewolf, that particular word is never mentioned.
The scene where Will hunts a deer was filmed day for night.
The movie's release was delayed for 6 to 8 months to re-shoot the entire third act.
Mia Farrow was slated to play Charlotte Randall. Mike Nichols had to fight to let Farrow have the part, due to the film company's hesitancy over her being too controversial at the time (the then current Mia Farrow/Woody Allen trial). She had to take a salary cut but in the long run she had to bow out anyway due to schedule conflicts.
In the scene when Jack Nicholson realizes that his senses are all incredibly acute, when he is in his office building, there is a voice off camera that says "No. I'm not gonna do it." That line is said by the film's director Mike Nichols.
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The final collaboration between Mike Nichols and Jack Nicholson.
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Sharon Stone turned down the female lead.
When Michelle Pfeiffer expressed interest in playing the part of Laura, Mike Nichols and the film's screenwriters wanted to make the part stronger and more important to the story, as it was basically a "woman in danger" trope in the original script. Some of the ideas considered were making her into an animal rights activist or a doctor, both of which would have given her a connection to Jack Nicholson's character and expanded on her conflict with her rich father. Ultimately, Pfeiffer accepted the role without it being hugely upgraded because she wanted to work with Nicholson and Nichols.
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Jack Nicholson had final say about who the choice of the director would be, and in fact one of his choices was Mike Nichols.
The last horror film that Jack Nicholson starred.
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Stanley Kubrick was considered to direct Wolf, but he wasn't interested.
Jack Nicholson, Richard Jenkins, and Michelle Pfeiffer previously collaborated on the supernatural thriller The Witches of Eastwick (1987).
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Prunella Scales filmed her part in four days.
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When Will meets with Alden and his lawyer, in the bookshelves you can see six Robert Jordan books: One copy of 'The Eye of the World', one copy of 'The Great Hunt', two copies of 'The Dragon Reborn', and two copies of 'The Shadow Rising'.
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While schmoozing with other guests at Alden's dinner party, Nicholson's character makes reference to "gay senior citizens" as proof that the world has already ended. 16 years later, Christopher Plummer, who plays Alden, would go on to become the oldest actor, at 82, to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, for portraying a "gay senior citizen" in Beginners (2010).
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John Williams was originally attached to compose the music for this film. Soon left the project after the film was delayed and needed some time off after winning the Oscar for Schindler's List (1993), as he'd been working on Jurassic Park (1993), Schindler's List and overseeing the Boston Pops Orchestra in Boston.
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The last Mike Nichols movie edited by Sam O'Steen.
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Kate Nelligan and Michelle Pfeiffer also started in Up Close and Personal together with Robert Redford
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The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Jack Nicholson and Christopher Plummer; and four Oscar nominees: Richard Jenkins, Kate Nelligan, Michelle Pfeiffer and Elaine May.
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Christopher Plummer and Peter Gerety would later appear in Syriana (2005).
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Elaine May: the voice of the Mayflower Hotel wake-up call operator.
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