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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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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:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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User Reviews:
Excellent, lovingly made thriller See more (86 total) »

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)
Giovanni Di Benedetto ... Professor Rinaldi (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)
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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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo" - Italy (original 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:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:16 (1971) | 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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The "Hornitus Nevalis" bird species doesn't actually exist. The one seen in the film is played by a Grey Crowned Crane.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): At one point when being questioned by the police, Sam proclaims that he would like to speak to his consulate. However, as the story takes place in Rome, which is Italy's capital city, it would be more correct to say that he would like to speak to someone from his embassy.See more »
Quotes:
Inspector Morosini:Bring out the perverts!See more »
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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Excellent, lovingly made thriller, 18 March 2006
Author: Scott_from_Modesto (danofthedead80@yahoo.com) from Bear, Delaware

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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