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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 »
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 ... 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 (Sarah Patterson) 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 (Dame Angela Lansbury) 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

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Taglines:

Within the forests are strangers lying in wait for innocents . . . who stray from the path! [Australia Theatrical] See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

This movie took nine weeks to shoot. 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

Rosaleen: That's a horrible story. I didn't like it at all.
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Alternate Versions

The original version was censored by 2 minutes by the Central Board of Film Certification of India to achieve an 'A' (adults only - A-621-MUM) certificate. See more »

Connections

Version of La caperucita roja (1960) See more »

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An Adult Stylized Version of Little Red Riding Hood
21 July 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Rosaleen (Sarah Patterson) 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 (David Warner) and her mother (Tusse Silberg), but she spends lots of time with her lovely grandmother (Angela Lansbury). 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.

"In the Company of Wolves" is the second and one of the most fascinating films by Neil Jordan. Based on the fairy tale of the Little Red Riding Hood, it is indeed an adult stylized version of the tale in a dreamlike atmosphere with open end. But further than that, it is also a spectacular approach of the beginning of the puberty, losing of the innocence through wild and erotic dreams, when the character of Sarah Patterson is becoming a young woman. Neil Jordan makes an excellent horror movie, which can have the most different interpretations, depending on the experience of the viewer. He uses many symbols, such as the lipstick, or the first date of Rosaleen. The gorgeous and promising actress Sarah Patterson has never become a star. With her interpretation in this cult-movie, any fan would believe she would have a great career ahead, what has never come true. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "A Companhia dos Lobos" ("The Company of the Wolves")


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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