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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) | 1 more credit »
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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 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

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Taglines:

The Company of Wolves. They're all the company we keep. Even in our dreams. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Fantasy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Companhia dos Lobos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,234,776, 21 April 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,389,334
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Rosaleen: They say the Prince of Darkness is a gentleman. And as it turns out, they're right; a fine gentleman.
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Version of Faerie Tale Theatre: Little Red Riding Hood (1983) See more »

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Visually compelling fantasy - with werewolves!
26 April 2005 | by ThrownMuseSee all my reviews

Rosaleen (Sarah Patterson) is a teenage girl experiencing menarche, asleep and dreaming in her bed all day. She dreams of being a medieval peasant girl who spends most of her time with her Granny (Angela Lansbury), listening to her tell precautionary fairy tales about werewolves. Most of the "The Company of Wolves" takes place in Rosaleen's dreamworld, and what a fantasy world it is! The best scene in the movie takes place at the beginning, where her sister is running around the woods, being attacked by giant toys and wolves. At times it plays like a children's' movie, but this ain't Little Red Riding Hood! It is rich in sexual metaphors, and it features one of the coolest (and nastiest!) werewolf transformation scenes I've seen. The acting is stellar, the atmosphere is creepy, and the visuals are startling and surreal. Recommended to all fans of fantasies and for a different kind of werewolf movie.

My Rating: 8/10.


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