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At Theaters: 12/25/1997 On Video: 5/19/1998
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 40 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 129709
Studio: Hollywood Pictures Inc.
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Three young college graduates on a "Daredevil Tour of Europe" descend upon Paris seeking some serious fun. Along the way, Andy (SCOTT) meets the woman of his dreams, the beautiful and mysterious Serafine (DELPY). The only problem is, when the moon is full, his dream girl turns into the stuff of which nightmares are made. Dressed to kill, his sharp-toothed date gives new meaning to the expression, "a howling good time."

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Thriller Sci-Fi - AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN PARIS tries to be both funny and scary, and fails miserably at both.  Fans of horror films will be disappointed by the mediocre special effects and the lack of tension; fans of comic films will find the gags either recycled or ridiculous.  The plot is usually frantic and pointless, with one decent suspense scene in the entire film.  Almost nothing in AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN PARIS works:  not the performances, not the direction, not the horror, not the comedy.  For what it's worth, Julie Delpy is still beautiful, and she does take off her shirt...small consolation for your money.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Tom E. Scott (That Thing You Do)
Julie Delpy (The Three Musketeers)
Vince Vieluf (Visitors)
Phil Buckman (The Great White Hype)
Julie Bowen (Happy Gilmore, Multiplicity)
Pierre Cosso (Highlander)
Tom Novembre (Claudia)
Dir/Prod/Wri: Anthony Waller (Mute Witness)
Producer: Richard Claus (Mute Witness)
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PROFANITY: Moderately strong and infrequent.
SEX/NUDITY: Brief nudity; some sexual references.
VIOLENCE: Moderately frequent and fairly graphic.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol use.
ACTION: A fair amount.
COMEDY: A little crude humor.

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Very Poor
AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN PARIS is one of those wonderful, horrible film experiences which can only leave you wondering, "What were they thinking?"  From the embarrassing script to the atrocious editing to the cheap special effects, Anthony Waller's reworking of the 1981 AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON manages to make the moderately clever and scary original and make it look like an inviolable classic.  It's even more ridiculous to find Waller trying to make some sort of social statement about right-wing extremism while adding his own unnecessary twists to the lycanthrope mythology.  This film may be the first to make you shudder at the thought that "we'll always have PARIS."

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Based on an Exit Polling of 162 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
13-19Teens (F)
20-29Yg Adults (M)
Fairly High
20-29Yg Adults (F)
Fairly High
30+Adults (M)
About 50/50
30+Adults (F)
Fairly Low
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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Even a Man Who is Pure of Heart,

And Says His Prayers by Night,

Can Become a Wolf when the Wolfbane Blooms

And the Moon is Full and Bright.

-"The Wolf Man" (1941)

Those eerie words were first uttered more than half a century ago by a strange gypsy to an American traveling in a foreign land, a young man who had the misfortune to be attacked and bitten by a werewolf ... causing him to transform into a werewolf himself.

Now today, another young American, Andy (Tom Everett Scott), traveling across Europe in the company of his two best friends Brad (Vince Vieluf) and Chris (Phil Buckman), is about to experience his own fateful encounter. While on a self-styled "Daredevil Tour," searching for adventure, intent upon out-performing one another, they hit upon the ultimate stunt-a bungee jump from the pinnacle of Paris' most famous landmark, the Eiffel Tower.

Scaling to the top of that tower under cover of darkness, Andy is just about to jump when someone else leaps first. Unknown to Andy, Serafine (Julie Delpy, the most gorgeous young woman he has ever laid eyes upon), has chosen that moment to end her life by committing suicide from atop the tower. Still attached to his bungee line, Andy makes an insanely brave, split-second decision to leap after her. The rescue is successful, but in the attempt Andy is injured, knocked unconscious, and Serafine escapes. When he awakens in the hospital, he is obsessed with finding the sad, beautiful woman whose life he has saved. It is an obsession that leads him to uncover-to his horror, and at the risk of his own soul-her dangerous secret.

Serafine is a natural born werewolf. Thanks to her ex-boyfriend Claude (Pierre Cosso) she is not the only one alive and well in the City of Light. Whilst Serafine and her Stepfather had spent a lifetime searching for a cure for her lycanthropy, Claude had stolen her blood and contaminated himself with it on purpose. In turn he has infected a small group of xenophobic right-wing radical followers, who share his goal of cleansing Paris of human scum-by feeding on them. Ironically, when she tries to rescue Andy from Claude's evil clutches, he is bitten, thereby becoming a werewolf himself. Now Andy's new-found love carries with it a bleak dilemma: to cure himself he must devour the heart of the werewolf that bit him.

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