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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage -- A writer is stalked by a serial killer after witnessing a murder attempt on one woman's life.


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12 June 1970 (USA) See more »
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A writer is stalked by a serial killer after witnessing a murder attempt on one woman's life. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Excellent thriller, intelligent with surprising end See more (88 total) »


  (in credits order)
Tony Musante ... Sam Dalmas
Suzy Kendall ... Julia
Enrico Maria Salerno ... Inspector Morosini
Eva Renzi ... Monica Ranieri
Umberto Raho ... Alberto Ranieri

Renato Romano ... 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
Carla Mancini ... Girl watching TV
Bruno Erba ... Police Detective
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dario Argento ... Murderer's Hands (uncredited)
Angelo Casadei ... Passerby (uncredited)
Nestore Cavaricci ... Fruit vendor (uncredited)
Giovanni Di Benedetto ... Professor Rinaldi (uncredited)
Alfonso Giganti ... Paramedical at incident (uncredited)
Silvio Klein ... Policeman (uncredited)
Filippo La Neve ... Street Cleaner (uncredited)
Reggie Nalder ... Needles, Yellow Jacket Assassin (uncredited)
Annamaria Spogli ... Sandra Roversi, 3rd Victim (uncredited)
Maria Tedeschi ... Old Lady in Fog (uncredited)

Directed by
Dario Argento 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dario Argento 
Fredric Brown  novel "The Screaming Mimi" (uncredited)

Produced by
Salvatore Argento .... producer
Artur Brauner .... executive producer: CCC Filmkunst (uncredited)
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
Cinematography by
Vittorio Storaro 
Film Editing by
Franco Fraticelli 
Production Design by
Dario Micheli 
Costume Design by
Dario Micheli 
Makeup Department
Giuseppe Ferranti .... makeup artist (as Pino Ferrante)
Lidia Puglia .... hair stylist
Production Management
Rudolf Hertzog .... production manager (as Rudolph Hertzog Jr.)
Umberto Sambuco .... production supervisor
Camillo Teti .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roberto Pariante .... assistant director
Sound Department
Luciano Anzellotti .... sound effects
Massimo Anzellotti .... sound effects editor
Alberto Bartolomei .... sound mixer
Carlo Diotavelli .... sound
Eugenio Fiori .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Muova Dial .... still photographer
Enrico Umetelli .... camera operator
Arturo Zavattini .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Cesarina Casini .... first assistant editor
Sergio Fraticelli .... second assistant editor
Neri Nazzareno .... final colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Bruno Nicolai .... conductor
Other crew
Lida Chitarrini .... script girl
Roberto Pietti .... dialogue director
Robert Rietty .... dialogue director
Angelo Tavazzi .... administrator
Luciano Vittori .... title designer
Anna Eugeni .... voice dubbing: Suzy Kendall (uncredited)
Adriano Micantoni .... voice dubbing: Mario Adriano (uncredited)
Gigi Pirarba .... voice dubbing: Tony Musante (uncredited)
Silvano Tranquilli .... voice dubbing: Raf Valenti (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo" - Italy (original title)
"The Gallery Murders" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK (alternative title)
"Point of Terror" - USA (alternative title)
"The Phantom of Terror" - USA (reissue title)
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98 min | Argentina:105 min | Germany:101 min | Netherlands:92 min | USA:96 min | Finland:97 min (1972) | Belgium:108 min (VHS version)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 | France:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | Netherlands:16 (re-rating) | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video re-rating) (2005) | UK:18 (video rating) (1983) | USA:PG | USA:Not Rated (DVD rating) | USA:GP (original rating) | West Germany:16 (cut)

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Director trademark: [Dario Argento] Character recalls clues from memory.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: At Wilkinson foundation near the beginning of the movie, the silhouette of a cameraman can be seen in the displays glass.See more »
Inspector Morosini:Bring out the perverts!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Out of the Shadows (2005) (V)See more »


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21 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Excellent thriller, intelligent with surprising end, 8 December 1998
Author: Karl Mauk from Vienna, Austria

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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