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Dario Argento (screenplay)
Dario Argento (story)
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1 January 1991 (USA) See more »
obsession. murder. madness. See more »
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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  (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  story

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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Rated R for strong terror and violence, and for a scene of sensuality (heavily cut)
107 min | USA:88 min (edited version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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)

Did You Know?

During the filming, Ian Charleson got into a minor car accident and was hospitalized for a week where, after having some medical tests done, he was diagnosed being HIV-positive, a condition which he had suspected himself to be for nearly a year prior to filming.See more »
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 »
Betty:I am nothing like my mother. Nothing like her!See more »
Movie Connections:
References Pierrot le Fou (1965)See more »
Steel GraveSee more »


What are the differences between the International Export Version and the Original Uncensored Version?
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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Do you like Argento?, 6 April 2008
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

If you're OK with the outlandish work of Italy's premier horror director—able to accept his outrageous story lines and flamboyant style—then you should have a great time with Opera. If you don't, then you won't.

Cristina Marsillach plays Betty, a beautiful young opera understudy who is given a shot at fame (in an avant-garde production of Macbeth) when the star of the show is hit by a car. As any thesp who has 'trod the boards' will know, Macbeth is a production that carries a curse—and Betty soon discovers that the show in which she is now the star is no exception: a killer is systematically offing the staff at the theatre—and poor Betty is forced to watch by the sadistic murderer (who tapes needles under her eyes to prevent her from closing them!).

With the help of a little girl who crawls through her air-conditioning ducts, her director and agent, and a few ravens who have seen the murderer's face (!!!), Betty discovers the killer's identity, and the truth about her mysterious past.

Let's face it... Opera is one crazy film, with its preposterous plot-turns, convoluted death scenes, and an ending that beggars belief. And whilst director Dario Argento has never been one for, shall we say, conventional story lines, this particular giallo is so daft, and features so many of his trademark stylish touches (all ramped up to the max), that it's almost as if, with each successive film, he is seeing what he can get away with (at times almost parodying his earlier work).

This is exactly why I find the film such fun!!!

Argento's camera movements are absolutely incredible: gliding, creeping and, in one amazing scene, even swooping around the opera house above the audience; the power of Verdi's music is combined perfectly with the synth majesty of Claudio Simonetti's score, providing a suitably grandiose accompaniment to the sumptuous visuals; and several outstanding set-pieces (featuring Sergio Stivaletti's nauseating gore FX) go to prove that no-one does death better than Argento (check out one character's stunning demise, in which a bullet passes through a spy-hole in a door in slow motion, and straight into their eye!).

7.5 out of 10, rounded up to 8 for IMDb.

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