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Dario Argento (screenplay)
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1 January 1991 (USA) See more »
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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. 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)
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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)
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
Valeria Paoloni .... set dresser
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)
Elisabetta Norberg Schultz .... performer: soprano, Macbeth Arias
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:R | Canada:R | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 | Germany:18 (TV premiere) (1992) (heavily cut) | Germany:18 (video rating) (1988) (heavily cut) | Hong Kong:III | Italy:VM18 (original rating) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/18 | UK:18 | USA:Unrated | USA:R (heavily cut) | USA:NC-17 (original rating) | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

Originally, Columbia Pictures intended to release the film theatrically in Germany in 1988 but after the FSK (Official German Censorship) demanded to cut out almost 25 minutes, mostly violence (among others the two scenes with Betty wearing the needles), it was released straight to VHS, even though a theatrical release has already been announced.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:
Featured in Fear in the Dark (1991) (TV)See more »
Amami AlfredoSee more »


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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Yawn at the Opera, 8 January 2011
Author: Shamek Stepien from Poland

Betty (portrayed pathetically by Cristina Marsillach) is an up-and-coming opera singer, who gets her big break after the star diva breaks her leg. Promoted from understudy she becomes the breakaway star of Guiseppe Verdi's "MacBeth", an opera with a long history of bad luck. During the opening night a murder is committed. Even later that evening a masked man gags Betty and forces her to watch him gut the stage manager after which he lets her go unharmed. Who is the murderer and what wicked game is he playing? Dario Argento during the years mastered his trademarks, which include long travelling shots, exquisite classic-inspired sumptuous settings as well as the use of colour (with a specific obsession with red ochre) to instill an unrelenting all-engulfing atmosphere. This time however Dario exaggerated and overused the long shots making his typical slow pace virtually stop to a halt. Almost nothing happens during over 100 minutes, albeit when it finally does occur it is engrossing and damn near to perfection.

Sadly this movie has probably one of the worse scores in any Argento movie, save for the absolutely classical and unmistakable captivating beauty of Verdi's "MacBeth". The remaining music however consists mostly of loud and severely outdated heavy metal, that cruelly rape the ears and kill visual enjoyment.

Additionally this is probably Argento's 'easiest' movie in the sense, that the script is severely underdeveloped and lacks the prerequisite mystery. Shortly after the first murder it becomes quite apparent that there is only one possibly killer. I naturally expected some twist to turn the events upside down (however illogical the twist), but none happened and the only possible culprit does not fail to not surprise. At the same time he must be one of the stupidest Argento murderers ever with plotting and ideas so thinly planned out, that were it not for the even more imbecilic victims he would have been caught within 30 minutes. But when victims fail to finish him off after knocking him unconscious with an iron or policemen require several days to differentiate a corpse from a mannequin this villain gets more screen time than he deserves.

The only mystery worth finding out concerns the reason to the murderer's killing spree, which is suitably wicked and Argento-style twist. Also the ending itself is devious, albeit a lot of substance lost due to the terrible Marsillach, who lacks enough vibrant emotion to convey the terrible truth. All in all not a bad movie, but I fail to find anything worth note in this ultimately repetitive and flawed Argento thriller.

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