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Opera (1987)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  1 January 1991 (USA)
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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 ...
Cop #1
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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 shootout in Betty's apartment as the masked killer dives out of the way of a shot, and the camera quickly pans after him, a crew member is visible on the right side of the frame, trying to get out of the way. 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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Version of The Phantom of the Opera (1988) See more »

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Opera Theme
by Bill Wyman and Terry Taylor
By Arrangement with Ripple Music Ltd.
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I am nothing like my mother. Nothing like her!
1 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you love Dario Argento as I do, you forgive him his faults. Don't focus on the small mistakes, just enjoy a true master of horror.

Betty (Cristina Marsillach) takes over the lead in an opera after a car accident knocks out the diva. Then, the fun begins.

She is forced to watch as other members of the cast and crew are horribly murdered one by one. She suspects that she will last.

Then, there were the birds! A real thriller with the outcome in doubt even when you thought it was over.

Marsillach was not great, but she did give a fair performance in another Argento classic.


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