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R| 1 hr. 37 min.

Plot Summary
David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne), two American college students, are backpacking through Britain when a large wolf attacks them. David survives with a bite, but Jack is brutally killed. As David heals in the hospital, he's plagued by violent nightmares of his mutilated friend, who warns David that he is becoming a werewolf. When David discovers the horrible truth, he contemplates committing suicide before the next full moon causes him to transform from man to murderous beast.

Cast: David Naughton , Jenny Agutter , Griffin Dunne , John Woodvine , Brian Glover , David Schofield , Lila Kaye , Paul Kember

Director: John Landis

Genres: Horror, Comedy

Distributor: Vestron Video, Live Video, Universal Pictures, MCA/Universal Pictures [us], Polygram

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

Release Date: April 21st, 1981|1 hr. 37 min.

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  • The transformation sequences on their own are disturbing enough to upset sensitive viewers (even though the first one doesn't occur until an hour into the 97 minute film, making the first two-thirds of the movie relatively tame, with the exception of a few appearances by Jack, who looks like a "walking meatloaf"). show more

  • Seems curiously unfinished, as if director John Landis spent all his energy on spectacular set pieces and then didn't want to bother with things like transitions, character development, or an ending. show more

  • Carnivorous lunar activities rarely come any more entertaining than this. show more

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  • May 23, 2009 Tmgy31
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    this is a classic originial scary movie with humor. Before blood and gore, this classic can keep you on your seat.

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