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Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer star in WOLF, a wickedly funny, wildly romantic, white-knuckle thriller. James Spader (TV's "Boston Legal," Sex, Lies and Videotape), Kate Nelligan (The Prince of Tides), Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music) and David Hyde Pierce (TV's "Frasier", Sleepless in Seattle) co-star in this beastly tale of love and betrayal with equal measures of humor, passion and delicious terror.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 5.25 x 0.25 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 043396320949
- Media Format : AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 5 minutes
- Release date : October 6, 2009
- Actors : Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Lia Chang, Starletta DuPois, Thomas F. Duffy
- Dubbed: : Portuguese, French
- Subtitles: : English, Portuguese, French, Spanish
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B002JOUNDO
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #54,725 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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This little known 1994 film has a good cast and some really strong performances. Nicholson's deadpan snarking is there, Michelle Pfeiffer is in her prime and James Spader (also in peak form) does his vintage douchey villain thing. Many other recognizable faces pop up throughout the movie.
Nicholson's character Will Randle gets bitten by a wolf early in the story when he's driving through Vermont in the countryside. Around this time, things are taking a downturn in Will's personal and professional life. As he slowly transforms into a wolf, and people close to him start screwing him over in various ways, Will gains new instincts and abilities as well as regaining some of his youthfulness and competitive edge.
I will say the movie is rather long, and very heavy on dialogue. I find myself really having to crank the volume during certain scenes to catch what's being said. Also, although it's a movie that involves a guy turning into a werewolf, it's not really a horror movie. It has some violence, but it's more focused on love and drama. Nevertheless, I think it's awesome and a must-see for people who enjoy obscure movies.
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Will Randle (a great Jack Nicholson) is a respected book editor, but the problem is that he's also ageing. No longer the hotshot dynamo, now he's more at home with a pipe and to be with his wife Charlotte (Kate Nelligan). When he discovers he's being replaced by slimy 'bright young thing' Stewart Swinton (James Spader), a vicious young executive who thinks nothing of stabbing his friends in the back and sadly bedding Will's wife without thinking twice, his life takes a downward spiral. However, fate has something else in store for Randall: On a previous business trip to Vermont he was attacked by a wolf which on first impression required nothing more than a rabies shot... but as Will's senses begin to heighten, his attitude alter and his strength increases, he realises this particular lupine has left him with a little more than a simple bite. Now Randall begins to take control of his life and with the constant allure of the full moon commanding his every move, this once sedate fella soon becomes a whole heap of alpha male trouble for those around him...
Directed by the usually straight-laced Mike Nichols, this movie succeeds with a rather interesting tale of a man coming to terms with age yet invariably comes unstuck when the whole werewolf business rears its head. From a screenplay by Jim Harrison and Wesley Strick, its highpoint is surely the first act which is basically a heightened tale of corporate back-stabbery and its a joy to watch Nicholson regain his power and take on the people that wronged him... Problem is, in order to do this he has to assume the full mantle of the wolf and even though Jack is a bravado actor, even he fails to connect the two disparate elements and falls back on the tried and tested formula of scenery chewing in order to make this thing fly. The supporting cast are universally excellent (James Spader and Christopher Plummer being major highlights) and they deliver their lines with relish, but one wishes that the werewolf angle was dropped and they played this as a straight forward examination of age, infidelity and loss... for me as a (ahem) forty something, the whole doesn't quite work and I would have preferred less fangs and more boardroom face-offs. Thankfully, the superb make-up effects work by Rick Baker ('American Werewolf in London') is top notch but I must admit at times, I was less than taken with Jack's final transformative look. But y'know, that's my problem not yours.
Powerhouse/Indicator's UK Blu-Ray release is another slam dunk release with a great looking transfer with vibrant audio alongside a plethora of extra special features that range from the documentary 'The Beast Inside: Creating Wolf' with interviews from Rick Baker, Wesley Strick and Douglas Wick to neverbefore-seen archival interviews with Mike Nichols, Michelle Pfeiffer, Spader and Kate Nelligan, producer Wick and writer Jim Harrison, B-roll footage, original theatrical trailer and a limited edition exclusive booklet - all adding up to a great package and certainly worth an investment for fans. All in all, its not an entirely successful movie bar some impressive acting and an interesting central premise - but does prove itself an interesting curio for us old 'uns facing the same thing Jack's character once did. Obviously without the facial hair and claws.
The movie loses a star because i thought Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer were not believable as lovers due to the age difference. I know its a minor flaw in an otherwise perfect movie. 8/10.
This is an interesting version of the story with James Spader as a back stabbing little s*** [ can I type that? ] Christopher Plummer as a sort of human crocodile playing Nicholson's boss and the boss's daughter Michele Pfeiffer plays at girlfriend. I think the movie will stay great thirty or even forty years on. His wife drops her marriage with Nicholson for a romp with Spader, gets ditched and wants to come back saying Spader means nothing to her, Nicholson says "do you think that makes it better, that you left me for something that meant nothing to you" - too right. Definitely buy and keep.
It's quite entertaining and a fairly long film, so you get your money's worth just wondering how long it will be from the first bite of the wolf until the first bite from Jack. It is also a kind of love story.
Great supporting cast ie Christopher Plummer, Michelle Pfeiffer and David Hyde Pearce (best known as Niles in Frasier) and Eileen Atkins.