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Deep Red -- A musician witnesses the murder of a famous psychic, and then teams up with a fiesty reporter to find the killer while evading attempts on their lives by the unseen killer bent on keeping a dark secret buried.

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Director:
Writers:
Dario Argento (written by)
Bernardino Zapponi (screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 June 1976 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The maker of "SUSPIRIA" now takes you on a journey through the macabre, the bizarre. . . the unnatural. See more »
Plot:
After witnessing the murder of a famous psychic, a musician teams up with a feisty reporter to find the killer while evading attempts on their lives by the unseen assailant bent on keeping a dark secret buried. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Simultaneously intriguing and brutal; a masterpiece of Giallo See more (205 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

David Hemmings ... Marcus Daly

Daria Nicolodi ... Gianna Brezzi
Gabriele Lavia ... Carlo

Macha Méril ... Helga Ulmann
Eros Pagni ... Supt. Calcabrini

Giuliana Calandra ... Amanda Righetti
Piero Mazzinghi ... Bardi
Glauco Mauri ... Prof. Giordani

Clara Calamai ... Marta
Aldo Bonamano ... Carlo's Father
Liana Del Balzo ... Elvira
Vittorio Fanfoni ... Cop Taking Notes
Dante Fioretti ... Police photographer
Geraldine Hooper ... Massimo Ricci
Jacopo Mariani ... Young Carlo (as Iacopo Mariani)
Furio Meniconi ... Rodi
Fulvio Mingozzi ... Agent Mingozzi
Lorenzo Piani ... Fingerprint Cop
Salvatore Puntillo ... Police agent
Piero Vida ... Fat cop
Nicoletta Elmi ... Olga
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nick Alexander ... Newscaster (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Dario Argento ... Murderer's Hands (uncredited)
Salvatore Baccaro ... Fruit Vendor (uncredited)
Cicely Browne ... Marta (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Omero Capanna ... Hitman (uncredited)
Lewis E. Ciannelli ... Valgoi (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Geoffrey Copleston ... Bardi (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Cyril Cusack ... Florist (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Carolyn De Fonseca ... Gianna Brezzi (voice) (uncredited)
Bruno Di Luia ... Concerned Man in Restroom (uncredited)
Attilio Dottesio ... Florist (uncredited)
Tom Felleghy ... Surgeon (uncredited)

Michael Forest ... Cop / Pinballer (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Anthony La Penna ... Florist (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Gene Luotto ... Florists (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Edward Mannix ... Olga's Father (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Glauco Onorato ... (uncredited)

Ted Rusoff ... Captain (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Marc Smith ... Giordani (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Franco Vaccaro ... Pietro Valgoi (uncredited)

Directed by
Dario Argento 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dario Argento  written by
Bernardino Zapponi  screenplay

Produced by
Claudio Argento .... executive producer
Salvatore Argento .... producer
 
Original Music by
Giorgio Gaslini 
Goblin 
Walter Martino  (as Goblin)
Fabio Pignatelli  (as Goblin)
Claudio Simonetti  (as Goblin)
 
Cinematography by
Luigi Kuveiller 
 
Film Editing by
Franco Fraticelli 
 
Production Design by
Giuseppe Bassan 
 
Set Decoration by
Armando Mannini 
 
Costume Design by
Elena Mannini 
 
Makeup Department
Giuliano Laurenti .... makeup supervisor
Giovanni Morosi .... makeup artist (as Gianni Morosi)
Nicla Palombi .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Carlo Cucchi .... assistant production manager
Angelo Iacono .... production manager (as Angelo Jacono)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stefano Rolla .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Maurizio Garrone .... assistant to art director
Aldo Taloni .... construction foreman
 
Sound Department
Nick Alexander .... sound editor
Massimo Anzellotti .... foley artist
Mario Faraoni .... sound recordist
Eugenio Fiori .... boom operator (as Eugenio Fiore)
 
Special Effects by
Germano Natali .... special effects
Carlo Rambaldi .... special effects
Carlo De Marchis .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Giorgio Ricci .... cinematic stunt team
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Antonio Annunziata .... assistant camera
Francesco Bellomo .... still photographer: action stills (as Franco Bellomo)
Sergio Coletta .... gaffer
Sergio Emidi .... chief grip
Ubaldo Terzano .... camera operator
Antonio Tonti .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Angela Viglino .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Piero Bozza .... assistant film editor (as Pietro Bozza)
Rick Greenhead .... telecine colorist
 
Music Department
Agostino Marangolo .... musician: drums (as Goblin)
Antonio Marangolo .... musician: piano (as Goblin)
Walter Martino .... musician: drums
Massimo Morante .... musician: guitar
Fabio Pignatelli .... musician: bass guitar
Claudio Simonetti .... musician: keyboards
 
Other crew
Luciano Anzellotti .... studio effects
Carlo Du Bois .... production accountant
Cesare Jacolucci .... production coordinator
Ernesto Triunveri .... cutting room assistant
Vivalda Vigorelli .... continuity
Corrado Gaipa .... voice dubbing: Furio Meniconi (uncredited)
Gino La Monica .... voice dubbing: David Hemmings (uncredited)
Emanuela Rossi .... voice dubbing: Nicoletta Elmi (uncredited)
Wanda Tettoni .... voice dubbing: Liana Del Balzo (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Profondo rosso" - Italy (original title)
"Profoundly Red" - Europe (English title) (informal literal English title)
"The Deep Red Hatchet Murders" - USA (DVD box title)
"The Hatchet Murders" - USA (censored version)
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Runtime:
126 min | USA:98 min (R-rated version) | Japan:106 min (theatrical version)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:16 (re-rating) (2006) (uncut) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) (1982) (cut) | Australia:R18+ | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) (Original rating) | Chile:(Banned) | Chile:18 (video re-rating) | Finland:K-18 (2001) | France:16 | France:X (Original rating) | Germany:18 (cut) | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:18 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | Taiwan:R-18 (2016) | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #1483) | USA:Unrated (director's cut) | USA:X (original rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to Dario Argento, the "Deep Red" script was more than 500 pages long. When his father Salvatore and his brother Claudio read the script, they were shocked at the length of the script. They were afraid the audience wouldn't understand what Dario's intentions were, they thought parts of if it were almost too cryptic, so Dario shortened it to 321 pages.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: Marc plays a piano one-handed in his loft but sounds like he's still playing with both hands (ie, treble and bass notes together).See more »
Quotes:
Helga Ulmann:It was - I can't explain it - something strange and sharp, like the prick of a thorn. It upset me, but it's all right now.
[Gasps]
Helga Ulmann:I can feel death in this room! I feel a presence, a twisted mind sending me thoughts! Perverted, murderous thoughts... Go away! You have killed! And you will kill again!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Pieces (1982)See more »

FAQ

Why is some of the movie in English and some in Italian with English subtitles?
What are the differences between the old UK VHS by Redemption and the Uncensored Version?
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34 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Simultaneously intriguing and brutal; a masterpiece of Giallo, 28 October 2004
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

With this film, Argento raised the bar for Giallo's. With it's spanning plot, complete with highly inventive ideas and intriguing theme; Profondo Rosso is an absolute highlight in the sub-genre. The film follows a female medium who, while giving a lecture, senses the presence of a murderer in the room that is transmitting murderous thoughts to her. Pretty soon after, she is brutally murdered by an unknown assassin, under the watchful eye of Mark (David Hemmings); a professional piano player. As you would expect from Giallo, Mark then takes it upon himself to get to the bottom of the murder and, along with a nosey female journalist (Daria Nicolodi), he conducts his own investigation. However, things are never that simple and aside from trying to solve the murder, he also finds himself being pursued by the maniac...will he be able to discover the truth before it's too late?

Profondo Rosso is, in the collective eyes of the horror fanatics, Argento's number two (Suspiria being number one). I don't actually agree with that; as I think that Tenebre, Opera and Bird With the Crystal Plumage belong in front of this one, but Profondo Rosso is definitely up there, so who am I to complain? This film features a lot more bloodshed than anything Argento had made previously, and that is definitely a good thing. However, the plot does slow down at times, and it's not paced as well as Bird with the Crystal Plumage is. It's also somewhat wayward, with it spending lots of time on certain things, such as the investigation in the haunted house, and not a lot of time on other things that are just as important to the mystery. Despite there being quite a few death scenes, I do feel that Argento would have been better served either adding another one to increase the excitement, or maybe cutting the film down a little to make it run more smoothly. The murders that Dario does give us, however, are brutal to say the least! We've got a woman burned to death in a bath of scolding water, another woman smashed through a glass window, a man having his teeth smashed against a table (not too dissimilar to the 'curb' scene in American History X) and, of course, the final death, which has to be seen to be believed - an amazingly over the top scenario to say the least!

David Hemmings take the lead role in Profondo Rosso, and does a very good job of it. Hemmings is, of course, most famous for his role in Blow-Up, and his role here isn't too different from that one. Starring alongside Hemmings is Daria Nicolodi, the actress that has starred in a number of Argento's films (Opera, Inferno and Tenebre to name three) and also collaborated with Argento on another fine creation. I'm sure you know who I'm talking about. Also getting in on the fun is Gabriele Lavia, whom Argento fans will remember from Inferno (also, curiously, called Carlo). Dario Argento's direction here is nothing short of sublime. His use of the camera is more than assured and some of the camera angles and images that are presented on screen are amazing. Dario Argento deserves every piece of praise that he gets and anyone that sees this film will not find it hard to see why.

Overall, Profondo Rosso ranks as an absolute must see. It's one of the finest Giallo's ever made and is a career highlight for everyone involved. Highly recommended viewing for all.

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