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Inferno -- The tenants of a Manhattan apartment are terrorized by deadly spirits.

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Director:
Writer:
Dario Argento (story)
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Release Date:
2 April 1980 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Terror that's hotter than hell! See more »
Plot:
An American college student in Rome and his sister in New York investigate a series of killings in both locations where their resident addresses are the domain of two covens of witches. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Leigh McCloskey ... Mark Elliot

Irene Miracle ... Rose Elliot
Eleonora Giorgi ... Sara
Daria Nicolodi ... Elise Stallone Van Adler
Sacha Pitoëff ... Kazanian (as Sacha Pitoeff)

Alida Valli ... Carol, the caretaker
Veronica Lazar ... The Nurse
Gabriele Lavia ... Carlo
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ... Professor Arnold / Dr. Varelli (as Feodor Chaliapin)
Leopoldo Mastelloni ... John, the Butler
Ania Pieroni ... Musical Student
James Fleetwood ... Cook
Rosario Rigutini ... Man
Ryan Hilliard ... Shadow
Paolo Paoloni ... Music Teacher
Fulvio Mingozzi ... Cabdriver
Luigi Lodoli ... Bookbinder
Rodolfo Lodi ... Old Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dario Argento ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Gianni Macchia ... John (uncredited)

Directed by
Dario Argento 
 
Writing credits
Dario Argento (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Claudio Argento .... producer
Salvatore Argento .... executive producer
Guglielmo Garroni .... executive producer (as William Garroni)
 
Original Music by
Keith Emerson 
 
Cinematography by
Romano Albani 
 
Film Editing by
Franco Fraticelli 
 
Art Direction by
Giuseppe Bassan 
 
Set Decoration by
Francesco Cuppini 
Maurizio Garrone 
 
Costume Design by
Massimo Lentini 
 
Makeup Department
Luciana Maria Costanzi .... hair stylist
Giancarlo De Leonardis .... hair stylist
Pierantonio Mecacci .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Andrew W. Garroni .... production manager
Angelo Iacono .... production manager (as Angelo Jacono)
Cesare Jacolucci .... unit manager
William Lustig .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lamberto Bava .... assistant director
Andrea Piazzesi .... second assistant director
Mario Bava .... second unit director (uncredited)
Stephen A. Glanzrock .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Luciano Anzellotti .... sound effects
Massimo Anzellotti .... sound effects
Attilio Gizzi .... sound effects editor
Franco Groppioni .... sound engineer (as Francesco Groppioni)
Giancarlo Laurenzi .... boom operator
Romano Pampaloni .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Germano Natali .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Mario Bava .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alberto Altibrandi .... gaffer
Francesco Bellomo .... still photographer
Agostino Pascarella .... key grip
Idelmo Simonelli .... camera operator
Mario Bava .... camera operator (uncredited)
Mario Bava .... lighting technician (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Keith Emerson .... music arranger (as Emerson)
Godfrey Salmon .... conductor
Godfrey Salmon .... music arranger (as Salmon)
Godfrey Salmon .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Gianlorenzo Battaglia .... underwater sequence (as Lorenzo Battaglia)
Solly V. Bianco .... production administrator
Serena Canevari .... script supervisor (as Maria Serena Canevari)
Anna Maria Galvinelli .... production assistant
Enrico Lucherini .... unit publicist
Saverio Mangogna .... production assistant
Michela Prodan .... production assistant
Roberto Chevalier .... voice dubbing: Italian dubbed version for Leigh McCloskey (uncredited)
Vittorio Di Prima .... voice dubbing: Italian dubbed version for Sacha Pitoëff (uncredited)
Vittoria Febbi .... voice dubbing: Italian dubbed version for Veronica Lazar (uncredited)
Franco Odoardi .... voice dubbing: Italian dubbed version for Feodor Chialiapin Jr. (uncredited)
Isabella Pasanisi .... voice dubbing: Italian dubbed version for Irene Miracle (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Mario Bava .... special thanks
 
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Runtime:
107 min | Germany:106 min | Sweden:102 min (heavily cut)
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Dolby Stereo (Dolby Stereo) (5.0 Surround Sound) (L-R) | 3 Channel Stereo (5.0 Surround Sound) (L-R)
Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (2001) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1986) | France:-16 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/18 (original release) | Singapore:M18 | Singapore:PG (video rating, cut) | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 (heavily cut) | UK:18 (cut) | UK:X (cut) | UK:18 (re-rating, uncut) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (nf)

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Trivia:
James Woods was the original choice for the lead role but he was already committed to Videodrome (1983).See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: During the cat attack, a human hand can be seen throwing some cats at the actress.See more »
Quotes:
[Reading from "The Three Mothers," by E. Varelli]
Rose Elliot:I do not know what price I shall have to pay for breaking what we alchemists call Silentium, the life experiences of our colleagues should warn us not to upset laymen by imposing our knowledge upon them.
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Soundtrack:
Mater TenebrarumSee more »

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59 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
The most beautiful of horror movies, 12 February 2001
Author: Pearce Duncan from Wellington, New Zealand

Inferno is Dario Argento's masterpiece. For once, he abandoned the idea of a coherent storyline altogether and made a movie that is simply a series of beautifully made setpieces. Many people have criticized Inferno's plot; such people are completely missing the point. Inferno is no more concerned with plot than Luis Bunuel was with movies such as The Phantom of Liberty; where Bunuel was concentrating on images and ideas, Argento is concentrating on images and emotion, specifically fear.

Each scene features a character or characters running afoul of the Three Mothers, entities introduced obliquely in Argento's previous movie, Suspiria, and developed considerably here. The third movie in the Three Mothers trilogy remains unmade. Each scene is carefully coded by judicious use of colour and sound. All the best setpieces in the movie feature no dialogue whatsoever (most notably the scenes in the underwater chamber and the lecture theatre). Much of the most significant dialogue is whispered offscreen by unseen persons.

Inferno is that rarest of breeds: pure cinema. Not only could it not have succeeded in any other medium, it cannot be adequately described in words. Anyone who is seriously concerned with artistic cinema must see this movie, as should most horror fans. Anyone who has trouble getting their head around movies that push beyond the conventional three-act storyline will almost certainly hate it.

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