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Opera (1987)

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A young opperata is stalked by a deranged fan bent on killing the people associated with her to claim her for himself.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cristina Marsillach ...
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Marco
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Inspector Alan Santini
Daria Nicolodi ...
Mira
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Giulia
Antonella Vitale ...
Marion
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Stefano
Barbara Cupisti ...
Signora Albertini
Antonino Iuorio ...
Baddini (as Antonio Juorio)
Carola Stagnaro ...
Alma's mother
Francesca Cassola ...
Alma
Maurizio Garrone ...
Maurizio, the raven trainer
Cristina Giachino ...
Maria, the assistant director
György Gyõriványi ...
Miro
Bjorn Hammer ...
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Storyline

A young opera singer (Betty) gets her big chance when the previous star of a production of Verdi's Macbeth is run over by a car. Convinced the opera is bad luck she accepts, and becomes the target (in Argento's unmistakable style) of a psychopath - a man she has been dreaming of since childhood. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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Rated R for strong terror and violence, and for a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The ending of the movie is inspired by the ending of Thomas Harris's book "Red Dragon". In an interview in Luca M. Palmerini's book "Spaghetti Nightmares", Dario Argento states that he did not like Michael Mann's Manhunter (1986), the first film adaptation of "Red Dragon" which used a completely different ending from the one in the novel, but is a fan of Harris's novel. (Ted Tally's screenplay for Red Dragon (2002) later adapted this ending more faithfully.) See more »

Goofs

During the chase in Betty's apartment, as the killer runs POV through the house the camera tilts back and forth showing for a brief second the top of the set in Betty's room and the space above it. Also, while exiting the bedroom, lighting equipment is visible on the left side of the frame. See more »

Quotes

Marco: I think it's unwise to use movies as a guide for reality. Don't you Inspector?
Inspector Alan Santini: Depends what you mean by reality.
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References The Birds (1963) See more »

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Knights of the Night
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Originality makes it worth a watch
3 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is not Argento's best film by far, but if you are a fan of the director, or just a fan of the horror genre in general, this movie is worth a watch. Argento is always original, and Opera is no exception. His death scenes are top notch. Nothing of his that you watch is the same as anything else out there. On top of this, Opera is visually stunning, with beautiful backdrops drenched in lots of color; this is an Argento staple. Subjective shots are constant, which is also an Argento staple, but in Opera it is a little different. With Argento, subjective shots usually show the world through the eyes of the killer and make the audience relate to him or her. In Opera the audience also sees through the eyes of the victim, who is forced to watch everything unfold around her. The problems with this film are the acting and the script. Starting with the former, Argento's young leading lady gave him problems throughout the shoot. She did not take direction well due to her inexperience; Argento claims this is the first time it ever happened to him. With the script, there are holes throughout the story, and everything gets wrapped up a little too neatly as the killer explains why it all happened. The ending is also dreadful. The company releasing the film in America asked Argento to cut the final scene, but the director refused.


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