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An American Werewolf in London (1981)

Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Truck Driver
... David Kessler
... Jack Goodman
... Dart Player
... Chess Player
... Barmaid
... 2nd Chess Player
Sean Baker ... 2nd Dart Player
Paddy Ryan ... First Werewolf
... Nurse Alex Price
Anne-Marie Davies ... Nurse Susan Gallagher
... Dr. J. S. Hirsch
... Mr. Collins / Miss Piggy
Don McKillop ... Inspector Villiers
Paul Kember ... Sergeant McManus
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Storyline

Two American college students are on a walking tour of Britain and are attacked by a werewolf. One is killed, the other is mauled. The werewolf is killed but reverts to its human form, and the local townspeople are unwilling to acknowledge its existence. The surviving student begins to have nightmares of hunting on four feet at first but then finds that his friend and other recent victims appear to him, demanding that he commit suicide to release them from their curse, being trapped between worlds because of their unnatural deaths. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 August 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En amerikansk varulv i London  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,786,512, 23 August 1981, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$30,565,292

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,565,292
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Technical Specs

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| (heavily cut)

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(re-release)|

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Landis fought hard to secure the rights to the Cat Stevens song "Moon Shadow" to use in the film, but because the film dealt with the supernatural, the undead and werewolves, and also because of the graphic (at the time, 1981) violence, Stevens, who had since converted to Islam, and had his name changed to Yusef Islam, refused Landis' request. Cat objected to the themes and subject matter, and did not want his song connected in any way to the film. John Landis thought this was hilarious, because, as he pointed out, "Moon Shadow", is actually about killing and dismemberment. Landis thought this song was perfect for his movie, but Stevens had other ideas. See more »

Goofs

When the werewolf is seen approaching the escalator in the Tottenham Court Road underground station, a foot of one of the crew pushing the werewolf along is clearly visible at the end of the shot. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Truck Driver: That way is Proctor, and over here is the moors. I go this way.
Jack: Thanks for the ride, sir. You have lovely sheep.
Truck Driver: Boys, keep off the moors, stick to the roads. The best to ya...
David: Thanks again.
[then to the sheep]
David: We'll miss you.
David: Bye girls...
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Crazy Credits

All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living, dead, or undead, is purely coincidental. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Sci-Fi Boys (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Moon
Music by Richard Rodgers (uncredited)
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart (uncredited)
Performed by Bobby Vinton
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Excellent
27 September 1998 | by See all my reviews

Violent, gory yet somewhat bittersweet tale of an American tourist who has the misfortune of being bitten by a werewolf. David Naughton is young and bewildered, Jenny Agutter cute, innocent and sexy and Griffin Dunne hilarious as a rapidly decomposing poltergeist. The score is great and the special effects outstanding. This movie gives new meaning to the term Ugly American. Don't watch this on commercial TV. It can only be appreciated in its original, unedited form.


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