Publisher Will Randall becomes a werewolf and has to fight to keep his job.

Release Year: 1994

Rating: 6.0/10 (25,146 voted)

Mike Nichols

Stars: Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, James Spader

Worn down and out of luck, aging publisher Will Randall is at the end of his rope when a younger co-worker snatches both his job and wife out from under his nose. But after being bit by a wolf, Will suddenly finds himself energized, more competitive than ever, and possessed with amazingly heightened senses. Meanwhile, the beautiful daughter of his shrewd boss begins to fall for him – without realizing that the man she's begun to love is gradually turning into the creature by which he was bit.

Writers: Jim Harrison, Wesley Strick


Jack Nicholson

Will Randall

Michelle Pfeiffer

Laura Alden

James Spader

Stewart Swinton

Kate Nelligan

Charlotte Randall

Richard Jenkins

Detective Bridger

Christopher Plummer

Raymond Alden

Eileen Atkins


David Hyde Pierce


Om Puri

Dr. Vijay Alezais

Ron Rifkin


Prunella Scales


Brian Markinson

Detective Wade

Peter Gerety


Bradford English


Stewart J. Zully


The Animal Is Out

Release Date: 17 June 1994

Filming Locations: Bradbury Building – 304 S. Broadway, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $70,000,000


Gross: $131,002,597

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Prunella Scales filmed her part in four days.


Revealing mistakes:
After Will picks up Stewart in the pond and throws him at the stone stairs, it is obviously a mannequin that hits and bounces off the stairs.


Dr. Vijay Alezias:
And it feels good to be a wolf, doesn't it? Power without guilt. Love without doubt.

User Review

A Classy Werewolf Story

Rating: 8/10

Here's a werewolf movie done with some style and some class. This may
be the only werewolf-business world combination. It features effective
villains played by James Spader and Christopher Plummer. I've always
found Spader an easy guy to dislike, in any film.

Jack Nicholson is the lead guy, however, and is refreshingly low-key,
especially for him. I don't believe he ever raised his voice in this
movie, acting very subdued throughout.

There isn't as much action as you see in most modern-day horror movies
but yet this is such an intense story that you don't lose interest.
It's pretty good in the visual department, too, and it doesn't hurt to
ogle Michelle Pfeiffer.

Even though the profanity is pretty low for a '90s film, when it's
there it's needless. They could could have done this movie, believe it
or not, without any and it still would have been good. I'm not
complaining. I still recommend this, but not for people who are looking
for an action–packed vampire film.