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

GP  -  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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Musante ...
Sam Dalmas
Suzy Kendall ...
Julia
Enrico Maria Salerno ...
Inspector Morosini
Eva Renzi ...
Monica Ranieri
Umberto Raho ...
Alberto Ranieri
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Professor Carlo Dover (as Raf Valenti)
Giuseppe Castellano ...
Monti
Mario Adorf ...
Berto Consalvi
Pino Patti ...
Faiena
Gildo Di Marco ...
Garullo
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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Storyline

Sam, an American writer in Rome, witnesses a murder attempt on the wife of the owner of an art gallery by a sinister man in a raincoat and black leather gloves - but Sam is powerless to do anything as he gets trapped between a double set of glass doors in going to her aid. The woman survives, and the police say that she is the first surviving victim of a notorious serial killer. But when they fail to make any progress with the case, Sam decides to investigate on his own, turning up several clues that point in the direction of just one possible suspect - assuming that he really knows who he's looking for... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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$500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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 »

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The rare Siberian bird from which the title of the film comes from is actually a Crowned Crane native to Africa. See more »

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Inspector Morosini: Bring out the perverts!
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Excellent thriller, intelligent with surprising end
8 December 1998 | by (Vienna, Austria) – See all my reviews

This is one rare jewel of an intelligent thriller that was also the break-through effort for people like Dario Argento, the director and scriptwriter, Vittorio Storaro, the director of photography, and last but not least Ennio Morricone who composed the soundtrack. There are great performances by a cast of lesser known European actors who did not make it big but are great in this one. I would just like to mention two outstanding supporting performances by Eva Renzi who was never better before or after, and by Mario Adorf who convinces as half-crazed cat-eating painter. The movie will keep you glued to your seat and surprise with an absolutely unexpected twist at the end. Watch and enjoy!


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