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Release Date:
12 June 1970 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
All the screaming in the world won't help! See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (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)
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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Runtime:
98 min | Argentina:105 min | Germany:101 min | Netherlands:92 min | USA:96 min | Finland:97 min (1972) | Belgium:108 min (VHS version)
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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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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 »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Inspector Morosini:Bring out the perverts!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Taxi für eine Leiche (2002)See more »

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What significance does the title "The Bird With the Crystal Plumage" have in relation to the film?
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33 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Good mystery, 19 May 2004
Author: Bjorn (ODDBear) from Iceland

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage was Dario Argento's first film and it made him a hot property. Having had very little experience with actual filmmaking, he showed incredible potential with his debut and he took full advantage of it in years to come. Here he explored a lot of the scenarios that would later charectarize his films.

With this film, and particularly his next, Dario showed he had been influenced quite a bit by the great Alfred Hitchcock. The theme here; an american in a foreign country becomes a witness to a heinous crime and starts investigating himself; bears more than a little resemblance to many of Hitchcock's films. An innocent man finds his morbid curiosity getting the better of him and as he progresses in his investigations he puts himself in grave danger. The story unfolds in a similar way to Hitchcock's films, clues are gathered periodically and there's a surprise in the end which is hard to guess, but not impossible.

Argento gradually builds up the suspense and creates a genuinely intriguing mystery. The film never slows down too much and it never fails to be interesting. It's also got a surprising amount of laughs. But in comparing Argento to Hitchcock, Argento manages to create a style of his own, which he would perfect in Profondo Rosso aka Deep Red a few years later. That's of course the visual style. Here he has the assistance of one Vittorio Storaro and the visual aspect of this film is one of it's greatest assets. The film is wonderfully lit every single time and Argento switches effortlessly between dark and dreary visuals to shiny happy images. Argento's visual style is one of his greatest trademarks and it bears some influence from the likes of Mario Bava. I don't want to name any particular scenes, they all flow well together.

Another terrific Argento trademark is the music. Ennio Morricone's score is nothing short of fantastic, ranges from cathcy repetetive melodies to haunting sounds of fear. I think the impact from Argento's films would lessen considerably would it not be for those terrific scores he gets every time.

However, Argento is not perfect. He seems to lessen his standards when it comes to the acting department. Here, the characters are a bit wooden and he doesn't give them all that good lines to deliver. The dialogue in many of his films seem a little childish. And it doesn't look like he gives them many instructions, the acting here (and in most of his films) is shaky and not very consistent. It has been said about Argento that he basically thinks of actors as human props, what's most important is where they are positioned and how they move. Also, it's very annoying how he dubs every film, even the american actors have to do voice overs on themselves.

That said, Argento has more pro's than con's. His films are always interesting and wonderful to look at. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is in my opinion one of his best. 9 out of 10.

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