The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Stuart Orme (1988)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Based on Joan Aiken's children's novel, this is a fun if slightly disappointing romp set in a snowy Yorkshire overrun by wolves during the Industrial Revolution. Emily Hudson and Aleks Darowska are the two girls trying to foil a plot by their evil governess, who is played with bitchy glee by Stephanie Beacham. Grown-up viewers may find parts of the film tedious, but the whole affair is brightened up by the over-the-top performances from comedian Mel Smith, Geraldine James and Rocky Horror Picture Show creator Richard O'Brien.


Two cousins discover their wicked governess is out to get her hands on their inheritance, and vow to reclaim what is rightfully theirs - only to discover they have a battle on their hands. Children's adventure, based on Joan Aiken's book, starring Aleks Darowska, Emily Hudson, Stephanie Beacham, Mel Smith, Richard O'Brien, Geraldine James and Jane Horrocks.

Cast & Crew

Letitia Slighcarp Stephanie Beacham
Mr Grimshaw Mel Smith
Mrs Gertrude Brisket Geraldine James
James Richard O'Brien
Bonnie Willoughby Emily Hudson
Sylvia Aleks Darowska
Pattern Jane Horrocks
Lady Willoughby Eleanor David
Lord Willoughby Jonathan Coy
Simon Lynton Dearden
Director Stuart Orme
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment Film Dists LtdAvailable on: video
Drama Children's