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Wolf

4.3 out of 5 stars 262 customer reviews

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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.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jack Nicholson, Christopher Plummer, Michelle Pfeiffer, James Spader, Kate Nelligan
  • Directors: Mike Nichols
  • Producers: Douglas Wick
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Georgian
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 1997
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0800177029
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,822 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wolf" on IMDb

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By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 15, 2009
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For those who had never seen Jack Nicholson play it meek in a movie, this may be as meek as dude gets (and then it only lasts for about half an hour). In WOLF, Nicholson plays middle-aged softie Will Randall, a mild-mannered hubbie locked in a marriage of indifference. Will is also the editor-in-chief of a respected New York publishing agency - that is, until he gets demoted, at which point he assumes this indignant but resigned look. As it turns out, this would only be the first in a series of betrayals, and Will Randall looks to be just another in a long line of easily dismissed victims. Except...

WOLF starts out in a snowy, moonlit scene in which Will Randall, motoring from Vermont to Manhattan, is bitten by a wolf he had accidentally run over. And soon the shocking changes begin to manifest. Will feels strangely rejuvenated, even as he develops extremely heightened senses. Suddenly he's able to eavesdrop from across the atrium, sniff out morning liquor on a co-worker's breath, and hurdle tall walls in slow motion. His newly gained confidence allows him to take charge of his life and even revenge himself on those what done him wrong. And then, one day, a disconcerted Will Randall wakes up, soaked in blood.

Once in a blue full moon, a schlock genre spits out a gem. I happen to think that WOLF is one of the better, smarter entries in werewolf cinema, and I'd even put it up there with An American Werewolf in London, The Howling (Special Edition) and
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While Hollywood still continues their obsession with vampire stories, Wolf has to be one of a few werewolf films that is surely worth the watch. Now depending how well and how much you take your werewolf mythology, I find 'Wolf' to be a great watch every time I get to see it. You can never go wrong with this movie's all-star cast and unique storytelling, film-making that reminds me a lot of a classic Stephen King picture. Jack Nicholson performance is well oiled, and does a fairly good job as the subhuman being. Jack's Eastwick co-star Michelle Pfeiffer rejoins him as a aloof and loveless woman who has manages to open her heart to the character and you can definitely see their Eastwick chemistry is not lost. The only thing that misses the mark slightly about the movie is Laura's brother. It is explained a little that he was a borderline schizophrenic and committed suicide. Question is did this come from he probably being a wolf himself and couldn't handle it? Or did the Aldens have the cursed wolf trait the whole time? Again this movie is simply a guilty pleasure, outside of An American Werewolf in London, it has to be one of a few that I can honestly watch throughout without it being too campy and cheap in quality. Good stuff!
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Jack Nicholson plays a werewolf, and he's the most natural werewolf since Boris Karloff. James Spader plays a weasel and he is equally adept in that role. Rounding off this impressive ensemble cast (for a werewolf movie) are Christopher Plummer as a man with altogether too much wealth and power, and Michelle Pfeiffer as his lovely daughter.

Fans of werewolf movies may be surprised at the timbre of this particular tale. The whole story is very surreal and has an everpresent dream-like feel to it. The special effects of werewolves & transformation are actually pretty scarce. The film instead mainly focuses on the psychological metamorphosis of man turning into beast.

Perhaps most jolting to viewers of WW movies is the body count. Or, should I say, the lack thereof. If you're looking for a WW movie that has scene after scene of poor chaps being mauled, this one may not be for you.

This is a well done film if you're looking for a more cerebral type of WW film than the normal fare. As I mentioned, the cast is also a higher calibre than normal. If ever there was a WW story that had a haunting elegance to it, this just might be it.
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This is an interesting film, because it's partly a character study of a tired, middle aged publisher and partly a horror film about werewolves. Jack Nicholson plays a publisher about to lose his job to his friend and protege, who also happens to be sleeping with his wife. He seems too worn out to put up much of a fight, until he is bitten by a dying wolf, and begins to feel as if he has taken on its spirit. He also falls for the incredibly beautiful daughter of his boss (Michelle Pfeiffer). This movie has top notch acting, an intriuging story and a cool ending. I recommend it.
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I like this movie. By today's standards, it has its share of cheesiness, but I still like it. This isn't the normal werewolf movie; no blood and guts everywhere. It's quite slow and methodical and has fresh ideas with where to take the plot. It has good and bad parts; more good than bad, in my opinion.
Let's start with the good.
Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer are always great together and this movie is no exception. He plays the mild mannered, down trodden man very well and it is refreshing to see him do that. She is a former delinquent who finds it hard to relate to 'nice guys'. She is also at the height of her beauty here (in 1994) and it's hard to look away when she is on screen.
Jack gets bitten by a wolf on a full moon and immediately starts to transform. They really handled this well. He can hear, smell and see beyond human range and he starts to get really aggressive in his life situations (having been fired and finding out his wife is cheating on him with his protege, who has also stolen his job, he quickly and aggressively dispatches both of them and reinserts himself.) Watch out for the scene where one of his editors asks him how he can see without his glasses and he walks out into the building to see what he can hear. Special effects moved Jack's own ears around like a dog - that, along with Jack's canine acting = great stuff.
Aside from the transformation, there are some standout performances. Christopher Plummer as Michelle's billionaire father is great, as always. James Spader plays the slick, smarmy protege Stuart and he is totally repellent. Kate Nelligan as Jack's cheating wife, also good.
The scene with the strange animal expert Dr who tells Jack exactly what is happening to him is well written and well acted.
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