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Publisher Will Randall becomes a werewolf and has to fight to keep his job.

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Mike Nichols
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Nicholson ... Will Randall
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Laura Alden
James Spader ... Stewart Swinton
Kate Nelligan ... Charlotte Randall
Richard Jenkins ... Detective Bridger
Christopher Plummer ... Raymond Alden
Eileen Atkins ... Mary
David Hyde Pierce ... Roy
Om Puri ... Dr. Vijay Alezais
Ron Rifkin ... Doctor
Prunella Scales ... Maude
Brian Markinson ... Detective Wade
Peter Gerety ... George
Bradford English Bradford English ... Keyes
Stewart J. Zully ... Gary
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Worn down and out of luck, aging publisher Will Randall is at the end of his rope when a younger co-worker snatches both his job and wife out from under his nose. But after being bitten by a wolf, Will suddenly finds himself energized, more competitive than ever, and possessed with amazingly heightened senses. Meanwhile, the beautiful daughter of his shrewd boss begins to fall for him - without realizing that the man she's begun to love is gradually turning into the creature by which he was bitten. Written by Mark Neuenschwander, <retro_critic@swiftboard.com> with basic grammar corrections by Brooks

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The Animal Is Out See more »


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Rated R for language and werewolf attacks | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

17 June 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lobo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,911,366, 19 June 1994, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$65,012,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$131,002,597
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SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby SR | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The legendary Bradbury building stood in for Will's publishing house. See more »

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Laura's pantyhose keep changing throughout the last shots of the film. See more »

Quotes

Will Randall: I've never loved anybody this way. Never looked at a woman and thought, if civilization fails, if the world ends, I'll still understand what God meant.
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References An American Werewolf in London (1981) See more »

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Wolfman Jack?
28 October 2002 | by bsmith5552See all my reviews

"Wolf" is not your average blood and guts horror flick. Rather it is a high budget drama with horror overtones with a top notch cast skillfully directed by Mike Nichols.

Jack Nicholson stars as Will Randall a meek book editor whose life suddenly is thrown into turmoil when he is bitten by a wolf while driving home from a business meeting. Suddenly he begins to feel younger and more energetic and to have keener senses of smell, sight and hearing. But to his horror, he begins to experience memory black outs during which several tragic events occur. He gradually comes to realize that he is taking on the characteristics of a wolf.

At the office, Randall has just been fired from his job by owner Raymond Alden (Christopher Plummer) and his place taken by the arrogant brown nosing Stewart Swinton (James Spader). Randall also learns that Swinton has been having an affair with his wife (Kate Nelligan). At that time he meets Alden's beautiful but self-centered daughter Laura (Michelle Pfeiffer) and naturally they become involved (Who wouldn't howl at the moon after spending the night with Michelle Pfeiffer?).

When Randall's wife is murdered, he begins to fear the worst so he turns to Laura for help in helping him to subdue his urges. But is he guilty murder? We have to wait to find out what's really going on until the last part of the film.

The performances by all cast members are top notch. Nicholson as usual stands out as the tragic, doomed Randall. Pfeiffer (who is a much better actress than she is given credit for) is excellent as Laura. Plummer is suitably oily and manipulative as Alden and Spader is really good as the over ambitious Swinton. Look for David Hyde Pierce in a small role as Randall's assistant and look real close for David Schwimmer as one of the cops who tries to arrest Randall at the zoo.

An off beat but different sort of horror film.


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