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Deep Red (1975) More at IMDbPro »Profondo rosso (original title)

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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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Dario Argento (written by)
Bernardino Zapponi (screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 June 1976 (USA) See more »
The maker of "SUSPIRIA" now takes you on a journey through the macabre, the bizarre. . . the unnatural. See more »
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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One of Argentos Top Three See more (209 total) »


  (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 
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)
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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126 min | USA:98 min (R-rated version) | Japan:106 min (theatrical version)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | 4-Track Stereo (Japan theatrical release)
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:16 (re-rating) (2006) (uncut) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) (1982) (cut) | Australia:R | 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:Not Rated (2000) (video rating) | USA:R (1976) (original rating) (cut)

Did You Know?

In one scene David Hemmings walks past a bar at night. The bar is styled after the famous painting "Nighthawks", by Edward Hopper.See more »
Continuity: In Carlo's lover's bedroom we see them leaving in the following order: first Carlo, second Marcus, and third Carlo's lover. But they reach the door in the order: first Carlo, second Carlo's lover, and third Marcus.See more »
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.
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 Not Even a Mouse (2014)See more »


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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26 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
One of Argentos Top Three, 3 March 2005
Author: spacemonkey_fg from Puerto Rico

Title: Deep Red

Director: Dario Argento

Cast: Daria Nicolodi, David Hemmings, Gabriele Lavia, Macha Meril


Finally got around to seeing Deep Red, and I was once again pleasantly surprised.

A very powerful female medium gets murdered after she detects a murderer in the audience of one of her lectures on the supernatural. After that, the murderer decides to kill the medium at their apartment. Meanwhile Mark, a local piano player witnesses the murder while walking down the street. He then decides to get to the bottom of things himself.

Everything you can come to expect from Argento is here. The beautiful colors, the insane camera angles and sadly we also get the gaps in logic, but I'm happy to say that those gaps in logic are kept to a minimum. Argento stylistic camera moves develop into really extreme close-ups of things on Deep Red. He will really go in there with the camera and go all around an object with it, he does this many many times in the flick.

Surprisingly, this is one of Argentos most coherent stories, though mid way through the movie you wont feel like its getting anywhere, once you reach the third act it will all make sense (thank god!) and trust me its well worth the wait. Its a twist ending that really got me....just when you think the flick is over whamo! Argento smacks you in the face with whats really going on. Loved that about Deep Red. The thing is that if you are not patient you will feel that this will be another one of those endings where you are left feeling unsatisfied and dumbfounded, but no, this ending is actually very satisfying. Its one of those films where in the last few minutes everything clicks right into place.

I loved the scenery in this movie. Everything was lit in a very spooky manner. My favorite being the mediums home. Its got this hallway filled with he spookiest freaking paintings you will ever see. Add to that the cool lighting and you've got yourself one heck of an eerie setting. And the flick has got many of those including a house thats gigantic and haunting...very Gothic. The shots in that house and the lighting were awesome.

The kills are great, Argento skillfully orchestrates some nice ones on Deep Red. Some complaint that they are not enough deaths in this movie and I say that we could have done with at least one more. As it is we get four kills are masterful and great, but since the movie gets a bit slow towards the middle part, Id say that another death could have been squeezed in there. But I ain't really complaining, cause when those deaths come they really get you. Trust me! I also liked the imagery on this one...lots of weird imagery to keep you unsettled. For example there's this scene involving a mechanical doll that just looks so weird and spooky...its stuck with me. I had to instantly rewind it. There's some more stuff involving children's toys and drawings. Great stuff! Image after spooky images which don't let you get too comfortable. There's always something there you to keep you on edge, even if it is just a visual and not an actual murder.

One other thing that sort of hindered my full enjoyment of the flick is that since this film had been heavily edited for American audiences and some scenes have been reintroduced into this cut of the film (the one Anchorbay released) there are some scenes that have no English soundtrack. Therefore the movie skips from being spoken in English to being spoken in Italian. Back and forth constantly. I got used to it and took it as a special challenge. Thankfully the scenes spoken in Italian have English subtitles. Small price to pay to get the full blown directors cut of this film if you ask me. My advice? Watch the whole thing in Italian with English subtitles.

All in all a good and satisfying Argento flick that some herald as Argentos true masterpiece. I thought it was quite good but for me Opera and Suspiria are still superior.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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