6.22 h 5 min1994X-RayR
A mild-mannered book editor (Jack Nicholson) bitten by a wolf goes for the throat of all who have betrayed him. Michelle Pfeiffer co-stars.
Mike Nichols
Elaine MayJack NicholsonMichelle Pfeiffer
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James SpaderKate NelliganChristopher Plummer
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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Mark N.Reviewed in the United States on July 13, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
"Wolf" has an old Hollywood glamour look and feel to it and has held up well to today's standards!!
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I had been a little surprised when I found out that Jack Nicholson was in a werewolf movie. At the time of this movie's release, Nicholson was approx. 57 years old, out of shape, balding and haggard looking. Definitely not the usual "gorgeous young man" type or even an "attractive older man" type that's seen so often in "werewolf" and "vampire" movies of and around the time of this movie's release. I then assumed that this movie would be more about gore and cheap thrills and that it would "cliche" itself into oblivion. I discovered I had been wrong. I don't know how Nicholson does it ! How he pulls you into whatever character he plays even if he doesn't seem to "fit" the stereotype of that character. But he does it. Just as he had done in "The Witches of Eastwick", "The shining" and "Something's Gotta Give" (to name a few). The plot is on the typical side. A man, Will Randall( Nicholson) is driving on a lone, winding road covered in snow. His car hits an animal. He stops, gets out of the car to see what it was he hit and is bitten by a wolf but survives. He later returns to his job as editor and discovers that his senses have become very acute and that prompts him to begin searching for answers. Randall finds out that his much younger and handsome protege, Stewart Swinton (James Spader) is not only vying to replace him for his position as editor, he then later discovers that Swinton is having an affair with his wife Charlotte Randall (Kate Nelligan). Randall's tycoon boss, Raymond Alden (Christopher Plummer) throws a party at his mansion. That's where Randall discovers that Alden plans to send the over-the-hill Randall overseas to work in eastern Europe or otherwise known as the "deathnail in the career coffin" job relocation. He also meets Alden's beautiful and troubled daughter, Laura Alden (Michelle Pfeiffer) and an affair begins. There is the usual "werewolf has to roam the night during the full moon" scenes. The gratuitous violence associated with these type of movies and then the revenge and the guy, and in this case, "werewolf", gets the girl climax. Again, how Nicholson is able to play a part that would often go to a much younger man is surprising and for him be convincing at it, is somewhat astounding. At the time "Wolf" had been released it had a sort of glamour meant to harken back to the older days of Hollywood movies. That was one of the reasons why I watched it when it was released on television. The other reason, and most importantly, was because Michelle Pfeiffer was in it. She delivered as the troubled, rebellious daughter of a tycoon. This movie grew on me over the years and is and has been one of my favorites. I definitely recommend this movie!!
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the scuNkReviewed in the United States on May 10, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
No one knows this movie, and that should change
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If you're anything like me, you were probably surprised to find out that Jack Nicholson was in a werewolf movie. And, if you reacted like I did, you were immediately curious to see it and were not disappointed.

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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Stephen SneadReviewed in the United States on October 7, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Entertaining under the radar movie.
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Good popcorn movie. Jack Nicholson plays a good guy who obtains the attributes of a wolf after being bitten in this 1990's thriller/romance/horror movie. The pace is pretty good and James Spader is pitch perfect as the hypocritical backstabbing punk you would love to punch in the face. Michelle Pfeiffer shows the reason she's thought of as a beauty and a okay but not great actress. One of the great lines involves Nicholson saying something about him being the last guy you would think of as a wolf. It's great because it's a lie! Jack Nicholson is the first guy you could believe is a wolf. 😏. He has that demented Nicholson smirk during the whole movie. He and Pfeiffer have a Bogart/Bacall light as in like light weight vibe. Still, get your popcorn ready and settle in. I will say one more thing in general. I would love be to see Hollywood make a comedy for the sake of comedy, horror for the sake of horror or thriller for the sake of thriller without having a obligatorily angsty romance thrown in. Then do a romance movie for the sake of romance. Still, this movie does work.
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Maddie KöhlerReviewed in the United States on December 7, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
There is no booba.
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There was no graphic sensual scenes, I am an elderly woman and wanted to relive the passion that my husband of 85 years and I had for eachother in our youth. We'd roleplay as feral dogs and resolve our arguments by fighting. He'd mark his territory all over me and I was told this was a sensual thriller. I didn't see any action. 0/10.
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ROFLCOPTERReviewed in the United States on June 10, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
90s Gulity Pleasure! Small Spoilers.
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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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Antony SteeleReviewed in the United States on August 5, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent update to "The Wolfman" Story. Nicholson and Spader are great to watch.
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This was a great move to watch, especially for Nicholson and Spader fans. It did not hurt to have Michelle Pfeiffer in the cast as well. I am kind of sorry that it took me so many years to finally see this film, but it was worth the wait. In short, without giving anything away, this is another take on "The Wolfman" story, but with modern twists and an updated mythology. It was not the greatest film ever made, but it was a good one, and a film that I would be happy to watch again sometime. Nicholson makes a mean Wolfman.
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AbeReviewed in the United States on October 5, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Pffiefer looks XY to me
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This film shows it age. I thought it was great the first time I saw it. As for the plot, I think it's Hollywood trying to fool people. Spader seems normal mentally and Nicholson seems like a closet sociopath in real life. Trade the two in this film and create cognitive dissonance in the public's minds on a subconscious level.
MMooneyReviewed in the United States on April 12, 2009
4.0 out of 5 stars
This Wolf Blows The House Down
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Jack Nicholson makes the perfect gentle, mild-mannered protagonist as Will, who becomes slowly transformed after being bitten on a stretch of dark lonely road in the snow after hitting a wolf with his car and then climbing out to investigate in perhaps the creepiest scene in the movie ("A wolf in Vermont? Are you sure?" everyone keeps asking him). Great star power, atmosphere, and lush interiors in this film, with Pfeiffer as the blue-blood, sarcastic street-smart and estranged daughter of Will's ruthless boss (played beautifully by Christopher Plummer) who replaces Will as senior editor of the publishing house he takes over, with younger, upstart punk Stewart (played by the flawless James Spader who is seemingly BORN to play these kinds of roles) and who we could really refer to as a "wolf-in-sheep's clothing" because he has everyone fooled that he is really a nice guy instead of the ruthless backstabbing coward he really is. David Hyde Pierce is also perfectly cast as Will's coworker and buddy who stands by him and whose role could have been expanded so he would have had more screen time, but hey, I'll take what I can get. The story is a refreshing and original modernization of the werewolf tale that has been told a thousand different ways that we have all seen throughout the history of cinema, complete with humor and gore and plot twists that keep it fresh and exciting. They even retained the mystical element of the story as well, but keeping it relevant with this day and age (Will's transformation enables him to deal with these hard situations in a way he was not previously capable of, so it is a joy, in a way, to see him come into his own so the deserving people get what's coming to them) and the effects on the different interpersonal relationships of the characters. The strange, slow-mo ending sequences of the film fall short compared to the first part of the movie (would a climactic werewolf battle include using gardening tools as weapons and attempted rape? um, probably not, but hey, suspension of disbelief is important here), but are unique and interesting enough to keep you guessing as to how the action will end and who will survive. Sit down with a hot cup of tea on a stormy night and enjoy this great re-telling of a classic horror movie story complete with humor, horror, and some great star power, which also includes Prunella Scales (remember Fawlty Towers?), David Jenkins, Kate Nelligan, Eileen Atkins, Ron Rifkin (who has one of the funniest lines in the film), and Allison Janney and David Schwimmer in bit parts - no pun intended!
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