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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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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the long shot, When Dr. Hirsch sees the newspaper about the murders, look behind him, you'll see a double-decker bus that is the same bus that David gets on in the next scene, it even goes in the same direction. See more »

Goofs

After his initial transformation, how does werewolf David get out of the apartment? He can't work the door and given the cold weather he's unlikely to have a window open. 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

Lyncanthrope Films Limited wishes to extend its heartfelt congratulations to Lady Diana Spencer and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales on the occasion of their marriage - July 29th 1981. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Face Off: Howl at the Moon (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Passport For Soho
(uncredited)
Music by Trevor Duncan
JW Media Music Ltd
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User Reviews

Great film, full of humor and thrills.
3 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

One of the best werewolf movies ever made, full of dark humor and gory thrills. As most people know, this has one of the best human/werewolf transformation scenes in cinematic history! The only other movie to show such detail is The Howling. This movie is really fun to watch, and if you are seeing it for the first time you will be shocked at some of the things you see. Great performances from the cast, and an excellent script make this a memorable experience. Unlike monster/horror movies today, this film has no computer-aided special effects. It doesn't need them, for this is a landmark film.


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