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Tenebre -- An American writer in Rome is stalked by a serial killer bent on harassing him while killing all people associated with his work on his latest book.

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Release Date:
13 February 1987 (USA) See more »
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Terror Beyond Belief See more »
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An American writer in Rome is stalked by a serial killer bent on harassing him while killing all people associated with his work on his latest book. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A cold, sterile and bloody film from Argento. See more (139 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Anthony Franciosa ... Peter Neal
Christian Borromeo ... Gianni

Mirella D'Angelo ... Tilde
Veronica Lario ... Jane McKerrow
Ania Pieroni ... Elsa Manni
Eva Robins ... Girl on Beach
Carola Stagnaro ... Detective Altieri
John Steiner ... Christiano Berti
Lara Wendel ... Maria Alboretto

John Saxon ... Bullmer
Daria Nicolodi ... Anne
Giuliano Gemma ... Detective Germani
Isabella Amadeo ... Bullmer's secretary
Mirella Banti ... Marion
Ennio Girolami ... Department Store Manager (as Enio Girolami)
Monica Maisani
Marino Masé ... John
Fulvio Mingozzi ... Alboretto, the porter
Gianpaolo Saccarola ... Coroner
Ippolita Santarelli ... Prostitute
Francesca Viscardi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dario Argento ... Narrator (Italian version) / Murderer's Hands (voice) (uncredited)

Lamberto Bava ... Elevator Repairman #1 (uncredited)
Michele Soavi ... Maria's Boyfriend / Man Walking with Girl on Beach (uncredited)

Directed by
Dario Argento 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dario Argento 

Produced by
Claudio Argento .... producer
Salvatore Argento .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Massimo Morante  (as Simonetti-Morante-Pignatelli)
Fabio Pignatelli  (as Simonetti-Morante-Pignatelli)
Claudio Simonetti  (as Simonetti-Morante-Pignatelli)
 
Cinematography by
Luciano Tovoli 
 
Film Editing by
Franco Fraticelli 
 
Production Design by
Giuseppe Bassan 
 
Set Decoration by
Tommaso Barbi 
Maurizio Garrone 
 
Costume Design by
Pierangelo Cicoletti 
Franco Tomei 
 
Makeup Department
Patrizia Corridoni .... key hair stylist
Pierantonio Mecacci .... makeup artist
Piero Mecacci .... makeup artist (as Pierino Macacci)
 
Production Management
Cesare Jacolucci .... production manager
Cesare Jacolucci .... production supervisor
Giuseppe Mangogna .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lamberto Bava .... first assistant director
Michele Soavi .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Antonella Caputo .... assistant production designer
Massimo Garrone .... assistant set decorator
Osvaldo Monaco .... property master
Giuseppe Pagnotta .... property master
Cesare Piccini .... assistant property master
Aldo Taloni .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Luciano Anzellotti .... sound effects
Massimo Anzellotti .... sound effects
Mario Dallimonti .... sound
Giancarlo Laurenzi .... boom operator
Romano Pampaloni .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Giovanni Corridori .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Francesco Bellomo .... still photographer
Remo Cartocci .... grip
Francesco Giulivi .... gaffer
Roberto Marsigli .... assistant camera
Mario Moreschini .... key grip
Maurizio Piano .... assistant camera
Giuseppe Tinelli .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barbara Canevari .... assistant costume designer
Vanda Caprioli .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Piero Bozza .... assistant editor
Roberto Priori .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Ferdinando Caputo .... production accountant
Diego Della Valle .... shoemaker
Carlo Du Bois .... production accountant
Enrico Lucherini .... unit publicist
Saverio Mangogna .... production secretary
Cesare Piccini .... leather
Francesca Roberti .... script supervisor
Pino Locchi .... voice dubbing: Giuliano Gemma (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Unsane" - USA (informal alternative title)
"Shadow" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
110 min | USA:91 min (edited version) | 101 min (director's cut)
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) | Australia:R | Australia:M | Canada:R | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (2001) (uncut) | Finland:K-18 (1988) (cut) | France:-16 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Germany:16 (cut version: 2002) | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:(Banned) | Italy:VM18 (original rating) | Italy:T (re-rating) (2009) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) (cut) (1986) | Netherlands:12 (DVD rating) | New Zealand:R16 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:(Banned) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R | USA:Unrated (director's cut) | USA:X (original rating) | West Germany:(Banned) | West Germany:18 (cut)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The films poster shows an image of a woman with her throat cut. The UK release attempted to censor the violent image by placing a red bow around the neck in the image!See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: On the telephone, the killer tells Peter Neal that "you wrote those words, page 46," but in fact the words quoted would have had to be on an odd-numbered page of the book TENEBRAE, given the placement of the text we see in the opening sequence.See more »
Quotes:
[First lines]
Narrator:"The impulse had become irresistible. There was only one answer to the fury that tortured him. And so he committed his first act of murder. He had broken the most deep-rooted taboo, and found not guilt, not anxiety or fear, but freedom. Any humiliation which stood in his way could be swept aside by the simple act of annihilation: Murder."
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Devil's Muse (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
Take Me TonightSee more »

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What are the differences between the old British BBFC 18 Version and the Uncensored Version?
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29 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
A cold, sterile and bloody film from Argento., 25 November 2003

Tenebre (1982) is a cold, dark and sterile film from Dario Argento. In sterile I mean the clinical and septic surroundings that the city dwellers live in. Some of the sets are painted bright white and lighted in cool hues. The film is about a murder mystery writer named Peter Neal who comes to Rome on a business trip/vacation. During this trip, some murders are committed by a strange demented killer who's a big fan of Peter Neal. The film's translated title Shadow describes the film perfectly. To say how it relates to the film would be all too telling.

Some of the set pieces in this film are some of the most graphic and violent ones that Argento has ever concieved. They fit neatly within the confines of this tightly shot and directed thriller. One of Argento's best films (besides his opus Suspiria). I strongly recommend this picture. My favorite of the set pieces takes place in the final third of the movie. It's well worth the wait. Believe me.

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