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The Company of Wolves (1984)

A teenage girl in a country manor falls asleep while reading a magazine, and has a disturbing dream involving wolves prowling the woods below her bedroom window.

Director:

Neil Jordan

Writers:

Angela Carter (screenplay), Neil Jordan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 4 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 10 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Granny
David Warner ... Father
Graham Crowden ... Old Priest
Brian Glover ... Amorous Boy's Father
Kathryn Pogson ... Young Bride
Stephen Rea ... Young Groom
Tusse Silberg Tusse Silberg ... Mother
Micha Bergese Micha Bergese ... Huntsman
Sarah Patterson ... Rosaleen
Georgia Slowe ... Alice
Susan Porrett Susan Porrett ... Amorous Boy's Mother
Shane Johnstone Shane Johnstone ... Amorous Boy
Dawn Archibald Dawn Archibald ... Witch Woman
Richard Morant ... Wealthy Groom
Danielle Dax Danielle Dax ... Wolfgirl
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Storyline

Rosaleen is a teenager, living in a country house in England with her family in the present days, and having a nightmare with wolves and werewolves in the Middle Ages. In her dream, her boring sister is dead, she lives with her father and her mother, but she spends lots of time with her lovely grandmother. Granny tells her many stories of werewolf and gives her the following advice: "- Never stray from the path in the woods, never eat a windfall apple, and never trust a man whose eyebrows meet." One day, Rosaleen, while going to visit her grandmother, meets a handsome man and bets who would arrive first at her granny's house. Soon she finds who he is. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Where fairy stories meet horror stories [Australia Theatrical] See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La compagnie des loups See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,234,776, 21 April 1985

Gross USA:

$4,389,334

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,389,334
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Due to both budgetary constraints and fears about safety, most of the 'wolves' in the film are actually Belgian Shepherd Dogs whose fur has been dyed. For some of the close-up shots of Rosaleen interacting with the wolf towards the end of the film, a real wolf was used. During the entirety of the production, only two real wolves were used. See more »

Goofs

During the wedding ceremony, music is played by a string trio. However, when the string trio can be seen in close up, they can be seen playing their instruments, but no music can be heard. See more »

Quotes

[after the bride's husband decapitates the wolf's head]
Young Bride: [sees the head turn into a man's face in the milk, sadly] He looks just the same! As the day I married him!
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User Reviews

 
For fans of the weird and lovers of the pre-CGI era, this is a rare treat
11 January 2014 | by gogoschka-1See all my reviews

What a weird fairy tale: director Neil Jordan (Interview with the Vampire) seems to have had the intention of taking a Freudian approach to the story of 'Little Red Riding Hood'. The result is an almost surreal collection of stories about rather testosterone driven werewolves, who all have a little more on their minds than 'just' to kill. If you like old school practical effects and transformations, this film has 'em by the truck load (although they do seem a little dated by now). Not everything works in this strange tale; the mix of sexual symbolism, poetic beauty and gory horror moments seems a bit forced at times - but when it does work it's utterly fascinating. For fans of the weird and lovers of the pre-CGI era, this is a rare treat. 7 out of 10.

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