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Wolf (1994)



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Jack Nicholson becomes a werewolf in this bizarre comedy-horror film directed by Mike Nichols. Nicholson plays Will Randall, a book editor with a testosterone deficit who has just been sacked at his publishing firm by a new boss, Raymond Alden (Christopher Plummer). A colleague, Stewart Swinton (James Spader), whom Randall thought was his friend, betrays him. Randall's personality changes after he hits a wolf with his car and gets bitten by the creature. He immediately feels more powerful, has heightened hearing and vision, and sets about to right the wrongs in his life. He visits Alden at the publisher's mansion to protest his dismissal, and he is asked to leave -- but Alden's daughter Laura (Michelle Pfeiffer) asks him to stay for lunch. Laura loves to defy her father. Will tells her about the wolf bite, and she becomes attracted to him. But because werewolves usually kill the ones they love, Laura is in danger. Will reasserts his place in the publishing world, supported by his loyal secretary Mary (Eileen Atkins), and his relationship with Laura deepens.more
Rating: R (for language and werewolf attacks)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Jim Harrison, Wesley Strick
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 21, 1997
Columbia Pictures


Michelle Pfeiffer
as Laura Alden
James Spader
as Stewart Swinton
Kate Nelligan
as Charlotte Randall
Richard Jenkins
as Det. Bridger
Christopher Plummer
as Raymond Alden
Om Puri
as Dr. Vijay Alezias
Ron Rifkin
as Doctor
Brian Markinson
as Det. Wade
Shirin Devrim
as Older Woman
Kirby Mitchell
as Younger Man
William Hill
as Preppie
Cynthia O'Neal
as The Dance Woman
Allison Janney
as Young Business Perso...
Tom Oppenheim
as Young Butler
Starletta DuPois
as Victim's Mother
John Hackett
as Cop in Central Park
Tim Thomas
as Intellectual Man
Joanna Sanchez
as Receptionist
Kaity Tong
as TV Newscaster
Lisa Emery
as Intellectual Woman
Lia Chang
as Desk Clerk
James Saito
as Servant
Leigh Carlson
as Party Guest
Max Weitzenhoffer
as Party Guest
Dwayne McClary
as Gang Member
Michael Raynor
as Pigeon Man
Jennifer Nicholson
as Young Publishing Exe...
Arthur Rochester
as Man by Elevator
Jack Nesbit
as Man in Conference Ro...
Dale Kasman
as Office Worker
Jeffrey Allen O'Den
as Office Worker
Neil Machlis
as Sleazy Lawyer
Kenneth Ebling
as Ticket Taker
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Critic Reviews for Wolf

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (12)

If he'd followed through, Mike Nichols might have made a brilliant picture -- seems he just couldn't bear to look a gift wolf in the mouth.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Nichols has crafted a rapturous romantic thriller with a darkly comic subtext about what kills human values.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

A sometimes shaky, always enchanting Beauty and the Beast story for grown-ups that is the very essence of smart fun -- droll, sophisticated and surprisingly, pleasingly light.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

A fine little fable of business world mores that has the gross misfortune to turn into a horror film at a time when nobody quite knew what horror was.

Full Review… | November 16, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

A guaranteed good time for anyone looking for a different kind of horror film...

Full Review… | October 27, 2010
Cinema Crazed

Mike Nichols' underrated 1994 hybrid not only of wolf and man, but also of satire and horror...an eccentric film that may well be regarded, decades hence, as a movie classic. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | October 26, 2009
Groucho Reviews

Audience Reviews for Wolf



Jack Nicholson is totally commmited into his role and is probably the best part of this horror flick. Well it wasn't scary at all so I wouldn't actually call it horror. I enjoyed the premise of Wolf more than the actual film. It's got decent direction and a few laughs but it was aggresively unamibitious in it's execution. It could have been better but I enjoyed Nicholson and the attempt at something better than a production line werewolf movie. It's very cheesy and it isn't good but then again it isn't bad either.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Mike Nichols directs this update of the wolfman myth with Jack Nicholson as the victim/monster. Here its played interestingly as sort of a desirable thing, a fountain of youth, an answer to societal submissiveness. Michelle Pfieffer adds spice as the woman drawn into it.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Hm. Not great for sure, but not terrible. The end was pretty dumb.

Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

Wolf 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.
– Submitted by Thomas G (3 years ago)

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