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


Mike Nichols
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2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »





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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Inside every man there are two people-one good, one beast. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

17 June 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lobo See more »


Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby SR | Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Producer Douglas Wick described the character of Laura as a lost woman of privilege, while Pfeiffer thought of her as a woman naturally drawn to wounded animals. See more »


When Will Randall is at the zoo he has some whiskers; in the next scene when he is running as a wolf in the park they disappear; in the next scene they return. See more »


Stewart Swinton: Suede shoes.
Will Randall: Asparagus.
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References The Fly (1986) See more »

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User Reviews

Wolf is not your average Wolfman remake, but is an outstanding film.
7 January 2012 | by FilmWolf318See all my reviews

There is nothing better than the original starring Lon Chaney. There is no two ways about it. This film is however outstanding. The plot centers on Will Randall (Nicholson), an aging, past his prime publisher, who is struggling to keep his job as Chief Editor at a publishing house which is being taken over by a wealthy investor name Raymond Alden (Christopher Plummer.) His marriage is also on the skids and he is contending with a pompous, brown-nosing, sleazy protégé (Spader) for his future at the publisher. While on a business trip to retain a client on a snowy road in Vermont, Randall hits a wolf and is bitten. After his encounter and assurances from his doctor Randall notices heightened senses and finally gets a hold on what is going on in his life. Along the way he meets a mysterious and interesting woman (Michelle Pfeiffer) and seeks the advice of an alternative healer (Om Puri.) This movie is not terribly scary or really very horrifying, it portrays the wolf as being like mankind, "...evil if the person who is bitten is evil..." And in the dog-eat-dog world of business, really speaks about the urban jungle that is work and business every day. (Who are the real monsters? Werewolves? Or is it the people who wear suits and decide the destinies of people who work in corporate America?) Action comes in at points in small doses and culminates in the end with a final showdown. Overall the makeup was good; it was reminiscent of the classic, and done in the spirit of being an good homage to the original, and thankfully, it didn't come off as too campy. The dialogue was fair and what little profanity there was didn't seem necessary. Overall, a good film, I like to watch it from time to time. It will be too slow for viewers who do not appreciate a more dramatic thriller.

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