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Diva (1981)

R | | Thriller | 23 April 1982 (USA)
Two tapes, two Parisian mob killers, one corrupt policeman, an opera fan, a teenage thief, and the coolest philosopher ever filmed. All these characters twist their way through an intricate and stylish French language thriller.

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(novel) (as Delacorta), (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 7 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cynthia Hawkins (as Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez)
Frédéric Andréi ...
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Chantal Deruaz ...
Anny Romand ...
Roland Bertin ...
Simon Weinstadt, l'imprésario
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L' Antillais
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Le curé
Jean-Jacques Moreau ...
Krantz
Patrick Floersheim ...
Zatopek
Raymond Aquilon ...
Abdullah, le rasta
Eugène Berthier
Gérard Chaillou ...
Mortier
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Storyline

A young opera-loving mailman, Jules, becomes inadvertently entangled in murder, when a young woman fleeing two mob hit men drops an incriminating cassette into his mailbag. Jules has just recently recorded opera star Cynthia Hawkins' latest concert, something of a coup as Hawkins refuses to make recordings of any kind. Soon Jules finds himself the target of the hit men, who want the voice recording, and also of another couple of ominous and mysterious agents. Written by garykmcd

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Her voice was his calling. See more »

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Thriller

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23 April 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Diva e os Gangsters  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,672 (USA) (4 November 2007)

Gross:

$108,372 (USA) (30 March 2008)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

First feature film directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix. See more »

Goofs

When Nadia is just exiting the metro station and runs into Jules, he is wearing his postman's cap. Later, in the police station when Paula is recounting Nadia's death, the same scene is replayed, except this time Jules is not wearing his cap. See more »

Quotes

Gorodish: Abyssus abyssum invocat
Alba: What is Abyssus abyssum?
Gorodish: It means the abyss calls the abyss
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Crazy Credits

The music continues for a minute and five seconds after the credits end. See more »

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Referenced in Discovering 'Evil Dead' (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Ave Maria
Composed by Charles Gounod
Performed by Wilhelmenia Fernandez (as Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez)
© Copyright by Galaxie Musique 1981
Tous droits réservés
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Stylish, charming, and always original
27 April 2005 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

A wonderful combination of many genres - Action / Drama / Mystery / Romance / Thriller / Music/Art, this tale of two tapes may actually change the way you think about opera.

Wilhelmenia Fernandez as Cynthia Hawkins (Diva) who always refused to be recorded - is a revelation; her voice, a magic mixture of melted pure gold and crystal is a miracle.

There are so much more in this absolutely unique film - just to mention a certain shoplifting technique, or the coolest chase which started in the streets of Paris and ended in the subway's car.

The most fascinating thing for me is that Diva was released about twenty years ago in Moscow, I remember the title - but I never saw it back then. Better later than never.

Highly recommended - 9/10


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