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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)
"L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo" (original title)

GP  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Thriller  |  12 June 1970 (USA)
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A writer is stalked by a serial killer after witnessing a murder attempt on one woman's life.



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Umberto Raho ...
Alberto Ranieri
Professor Carlo Dover (as Raf Valenti)
Giuseppe Castellano ...
Mario Adorf ...
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
Karen Valenti ...
Tina, 5th Victim


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Point of Terror  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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This was the first solo directing credit for Dario Argento. See more »


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Argento makes a name for himself with this slickly directed Giallo.
12 November 2003 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) was the film that made Argento a european sensation. His murder/mystery T.B.W.T.C.P. was hailed as a success and made him a star. This tense film is about a american who's caught up in a mysterious murder case. He decides to play Sherlock Holmes and find out who did it. A cool soundtrack, nifty direction and camera work makes this one and interesting watch. Recommended for Giallo fans and admirers of Dario Argento.


P.S. Watch out for people in brown raincoats who are armed with shiny cutlery!

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