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Wolf (1994)



Critic Consensus: Wolf misses the jugular after showing flashes of killer instinct early on, but engaging stars and deft direction make this a unique horror-romance worth watching.

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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.

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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 Person
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 Executive
Arthur Rochester
as Man by Elevator
Jack Nesbit
as Man in Conference Room
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 (53) | Top Critics (9)

The film isn't a waste of time, and works rather well for about two- thirds of its length as a comedy of business life. For a horror film or a serious exploration of the divided nature of modern man, you need to look elsewhere.

November 14, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

April 12, 2002 | Full Review…

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

May 12, 2001

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.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Nichols has allowed Wolf to evolve from a well-mounted, supernatural drama to goofy camp.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Monster movies are supposed to frighten the audience; this one fails utterly in that arena.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Wolf


[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/img] 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.

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Directors Cat

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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
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


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

Curtis Lilly
Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

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