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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)

L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo (original title)
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A witness of an attack, a writer becomes stalked by a serial killer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Musante ...
Sam Dalmas
Enrico Maria Salerno ...
Inspector Morosini
Monica Ranieri
Umberto Raho ...
Alberto Ranieri
Professor Carlo Dover (as Raf Valenti)
Giuseppe Castellano ...
Berto Consalvi
Pino Patti ...
Gildo Di Marco ...
Rosita Torosh ...
4th Victim (as Rosa Toros)
Omar Bonaro ...
Police Detective
Fulvio Mingozzi ...
Police Detective
Werner Peters ...
Antique Dealer
Tina, 5th Victim


In Italy, the American writer Sam Dalmas witnesses an attempt of murder of the owner of an art gallery, Monica Ranieri, a couple of days before returning home. Inspector Morosini, who is in charge of investigating the three previous murderers of the serial-killer, asks for help to Dalmas and takes his passport. Dalmas decides to stay with his girlfriend Julia and to help the police in the investigation. The killer threatens Dalmas and Julia by phone and the police overhears a strange noise in the tape. Soon the serial killer stalks Julia and Damas. Who might be the killer? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

12 June 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Point of Terror  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


At one point an executive producer wanted Dario Argento removed from the production when he was disappointed by a screening of some dailies. When Argento's father Salvatore Argento went to the exec's office to talk to him he found the exec's secretary visibly shaken. When he asked the secretary what was troubling her she said she saw the screening and the footage terrified her. Salvatore Argento then asked her to go tell her boss about her reaction to the screening. She convinced the executive to keep Dario Argento on as director. See more »


At Wilkinson foundation near the beginning of the movie, the silhouette of a cameraman can be seen in the displays glass. See more »


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Excellent, lovingly made thriller
18 March 2006 | by (Bear, Delaware) – See all my reviews

Bird With Crystal Plumage is as fine a thriller as you're likely to come across. It strikes me as having Hitchcock's mastery of suspense coupled with the hip urban paranoiac intrigue of the film Blow Up. But Argento has a style that is more original than referential. What we have here is a very stylish giallo with very few peers.

The film follows Sam, an American in Italy who happens to bare witness to an attempted murder. But Sam isn't sure just what he's seen because a vital piece of information has left his memory. It doesn't add up. Since the local authorities on the case won't allow him to leave the country anyway, Sam decides to do a little investigating on his own. Of course, snooping leads him into some dark places and puts him in contact with some shady sources. Not only that, it's apparent that someone wants him out of the picture.

If you've never seen this, you'll never guess how it ends--it comes out of nowhere and the only complaint I will voice about the entire film is that the finale feels a bit forced. Beyond that, it's all gravy. Argento shows much love for the details, like the flick of a razor and a splash of blood. The tension is thick as Sakrete by the last act and, needless to say, Argento piles on atmosphere, especially in the death scenes. Bottom line: 9/10.

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