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Opera -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Dario Argento (screenplay)
Dario Argento (story)
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Release Date:
1 January 1991 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
obsession. murder. madness. See more »
Plot:
A young opperata is stalked by a deranged fan bent on killing the people associated with her to claim her for himself. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
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Originality makes it worth a watch See more (106 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Cristina Marsillach ... Betty

Ian Charleson ... Marco

Urbano Barberini ... Inspector Alan Santini
Daria Nicolodi ... Mira

Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni ... Giulia
Antonella Vitale ... Marion

William McNamara ... 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
Peter Pitsch ... Mara Czekova's assistant
Sebastiano Somma ... Cop #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz ... Lady Macbeth (soprano) (singing voice)
Michele Pertusi ... Macbeth (bass) (singing voice)

Dario Argento ... Narrator (Italian version) (voice) (uncredited)
Michele Soavi ... Inspector Daniele Soave (uncredited)
Karl Zinny ... Worker in the backround (uncredited)

Directed by
Dario Argento 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dario Argento  screenplay
Dario Argento  story
Franco Ferrini 

Produced by
Dario Argento .... producer
Ferdinando Caputo .... executive producer
Mario Cecchi Gori .... co-producer
Vittorio Cecchi Gori .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Brian Eno 
Roger Eno 
Steel Grave 
Claudio Simonetti 
Bill Wyman 
 
Cinematography by
Ronnie Taylor (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Franco Fraticelli 
 
Production Design by
Davide Bassan 
 
Art Direction by
Gian Maurizio Fercioni  (as Gianmaurizio Fercioni)
 
Set Decoration by
Valeria Paoloni 
 
Costume Design by
Lia Francesca Morandini  (as Francesca Lia Morandini)
 
Makeup Department
Franco Casagni .... makeup artist
Ferdinando Merolla .... hairdresser
Rosario Prestopino .... key makeup artist
Angelo Vannella .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Verena Baldeo .... production supervisor
Alessandro Calosci .... production supervisor
Fabrizio Diaz .... unit manager
Olivier Gérard .... unit manager (as Olivier Gerard)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Antonio Gabrielli .... first assistant director
Alessandro Ingargiola .... second assistant director
Michele Soavi .... second unit director
Paolo Zenatello .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Gian Maurizio Fercioni .... production designer: opera set (as Gianmaurizio Fercioni)
Maurizio Jacopelli .... property master (as Maurizio Iacopelli)
Renato Lori .... assistant art director
Osvaldo Monaco .... property master
Antonio Tarolla .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Nick Alexander .... sound editor
Luciano Anzellotti .... sound effects (as L.M. Anzellotti)
Massimo Anzellotti .... sound effects editor
Giancarlo Laurenzi .... sound mixer
Romano Pampaloni .... dubbing mixer
Robert Rietty .... adr director
Stefano Rossi .... boom operator
Federico Savina .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby Stereo
 
Special Effects by
Renato Agostini .... special effects designer
Antonio Corridori .... special effects suplier
Giovanni Corridori .... special effects suplier
Massimo Cristofanelli .... special effects technician
Germano Natali .... special effects suplier
Germano Natali .... special effects
Sergio Stivaletti .... animatronics
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Roberto de Franceschi .... clapper loader
Massimo Intoppa .... assistant camera
Maurizio Lucchini .... assistant camera
Enrico Maggi .... camera operator: second unit
Gianfranco Massa .... still photographer
Fernando Massaccesi .... gaffer (as Ferdinando Massaccesi)
Ugo Menegatti .... assistant camera
Roberto Nicosia .... still photographer (as Roberto Nicosia Vinci)
Nicola Pecorini .... Steadicam operator
Ennio Picconi .... key grip
Luca Robecchi .... director of photography: second unit
Antonio Scaramuzza .... camera operator
Renato Tafuri .... director of photography: second unit
Franco Vitale .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Enrica Barbano .... wardrobe assistant
Francesca Grandi .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Piero Bozza .... assistant film editor
Alessandro Gabriele .... assistant film editor
Roberto Priori .... second assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Paola Leolini .... performer: soprano, Macbeth Arias
Francesco Miracle .... music consultant: lyrical music (as M. Francesco Miracle)
Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz .... performer: soprano, Macbeth Arias (as Elisabetta Norberg Schultz)
Michele Pertusi .... performer: tenor, Macbeth Arias
Andrea Piccini .... performer: baritone, Macbeth Arias
Gianfranco Plenizio .... music consultant: lyrical music (as M. Gianfranco Plenizio)
Giovanni Veneri .... musical director: Parma Theatre Chorus (as M. Giovanni Veneri)
 
Other crew
Angelo Cavallo .... production secretary
Carlo Du Bois .... accountant
Egle Friggeri .... production secretary
Maurizio Garrone .... animal consultant
Enrico Lucherini .... publicist
Cinzia Malatesta .... script supervisor
Francesco Marras .... production secretary
Barbara Morosetti .... assistant: Sergio Stivaletti
Gianluca Pignatelli .... publicist
Renato Rinaldo .... chief accountant
Paola Rossi .... production secretary
Federica Zappalà .... accountant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Terror at the Opera" - USA (alternative title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong terror and violence, and for a scene of sensuality (heavily cut)
Runtime:
107 min | USA:88 min (edited version)
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R18+ | Canada:R | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2015) (uncut) | Hong Kong:III | Italy:VM18 (original rating) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/18 | UK:18 | USA:Unrated | USA:R (heavily cut) | West Germany:18 (heavily cut) (1988) | West Germany:Not Rated (uncut) (1988)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Many mishaps on set, including the death of one of the actors, led director Dario Argento to believe that the "Macbeth curse" also struck during the making of this film.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: In the killer's POV shot entering the costume workshop, the camera and camera dolly are seen in a mirror on the right.See more »
Quotes:
Betty:I am nothing like my mother. Nothing like her!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Eternal Blood (2002)See more »
Soundtrack:
No EscapeSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the International Export Version and the Original Uncensored Version?
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Originality makes it worth a watch, 3 June 2008
Author: oldfrisco8 from United States

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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