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The Company of Wolves (1984)

A teenage girl in a country manor falls asleep while reading a magazine, and has a disturbing dream involving wolves prowling the woods below her bedroom window.

Director:

Neil Jordan

Writers:

Angela Carter (screenplay), Neil Jordan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Granny
David Warner ... Father
Graham Crowden ... Old Priest
Brian Glover ... Amorous Boy's Father
Kathryn Pogson Kathryn Pogson ... Young Bride
Stephen Rea ... Young Groom
Tusse Silberg Tusse Silberg ... Mother
Micha Bergese Micha Bergese ... Huntsman
Sarah Patterson ... Rosaleen
Georgia Slowe ... Alice
Susan Porrett Susan Porrett ... Amorous Boy's Mother
Shane Johnstone Shane Johnstone ... Amorous Boy
Dawn Archibald Dawn Archibald ... Witch Woman
Richard Morant ... Wealthy Groom
Danielle Dax Danielle Dax ... Wolfgirl
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Storyline

Rosaleen is a teenager, living in a country house in England with her family in the present days, and having a nightmare with wolves and werewolves in the Middle Ages. In her dream, her boring sister is dead, she lives with her father and her mother, but she spends lots of time with her lovely grandmother. Granny tells her many stories of werewolf and gives her the following advice: "- Never stray from the path in the woods, never eat a windfall apple, and never trust a man whose eyebrows meet." One day, Rosaleen, while going to visit her grandmother, meets a handsome man and bets who would arrive first at her granny's house. Soon she finds who he is. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

The desire... the fantasy... the nightmare See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Companhia dos Lobos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,234,776, 21 April 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,389,334
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

According to Neil Jordan, it was he who suggested adding the modern frame story to the narrative, giving the film what Jordan calls "a Chinese Box structure" (stories within stories). He came up with this idea after seeing The Saragossa Manuscript (1965), which has a similar structure. Jordan also talks about this film on his DVD commentary, where he also cites Roger Corman's films as a major influence, especially Pit and the Pendulum (1961), The Tomb of Ligeia (1964) and The Masque of the Red Death (1964). See more »

Goofs

When the priest prunes the tree in the garden, he climbs up a ladder. When he talks to the lady, first both of his hands are on the pruning sheers, then all of a sudden one hand is holding on to a branch. In the next shot, both his hands are on the pruning sheers again. See more »

Quotes

Rosaleen: [pushes him away as they near a kiss] Jesus, what big teeth you have!
Huntsman: [smiles deviously] All the better to eat you with.
[Rosaleen shoots his arm with a rifle making him scream and writhe in pain turning into a wolf]
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Visually compelling fantasy - with werewolves!
26 April 2005 | by ThrownMuseSee all my reviews

Rosaleen (Sarah Patterson) is a teenage girl experiencing menarche, asleep and dreaming in her bed all day. She dreams of being a medieval peasant girl who spends most of her time with her Granny (Angela Lansbury), listening to her tell precautionary fairy tales about werewolves. Most of the "The Company of Wolves" takes place in Rosaleen's dreamworld, and what a fantasy world it is! The best scene in the movie takes place at the beginning, where her sister is running around the woods, being attacked by giant toys and wolves. At times it plays like a children's' movie, but this ain't Little Red Riding Hood! It is rich in sexual metaphors, and it features one of the coolest (and nastiest!) werewolf transformation scenes I've seen. The acting is stellar, the atmosphere is creepy, and the visuals are startling and surreal. Recommended to all fans of fantasies and for a different kind of werewolf movie.

My Rating: 8/10.


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