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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)

L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo (original title)
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An American writer and his English girlfriend are stalked by a serial killer terrorizing Rome after the former witnesses a murder attempt on a woman's life.

Director:

Dario Argento

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Dario Argento
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Musante ... Sam Dalmas
Suzy Kendall ... Julia
Enrico Maria Salerno ... Inspector Morosini
Eva Renzi ... Monica Ranieri
Umberto Raho ... Alberto Ranieri
Renato Romano Renato Romano ... Professor Carlo Dover (as Raf Valenti)
Giuseppe Castellano ... Monti
Mario Adorf ... Berto Consalvi
Pino Patti Pino Patti ... Faiena
Gildo Di Marco Gildo Di Marco ... Garullo
Rosita Torosh ... 4th Victim (as Rosa Toros)
Omar Bonaro Omar Bonaro ... Police Detective
Fulvio Mingozzi Fulvio Mingozzi ... Police Detective
Werner Peters ... Antique Dealer
Karen Valenti ... Tina, 5th Victim
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Storyline

In Italy, the American writer Sam Dalmas witnesses an attempt of murder of the owner of an art gallery, Monica Ranieri, a couple of days before returning home. Inspector Morosini, who is in charge of investigating the three previous murderers of the serial-killer, asks for help to Dalmas and takes his passport. Dalmas decides to stay with his girlfriend Julia and to help the police in the investigation. The killer threatens Dalmas and Julia by phone and the police overhears a strange noise in the tape. Soon the serial killer stalks Julia and Damas. Who might be the killer? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A Jack-the-Ripper type story...with a twist! See more »


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Country:

Italy | West Germany

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

12 June 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Point of Terror See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Cameo: Dario Argento body doubling as the killer. See more »

Goofs

The rare Siberian bird from which the title of the film comes from is actually a Crowned Crane native to Africa. See more »

Quotes

Sam Dalmas: Why did you wall up your house?
Berto Consalvi: To keep out the busybodies!
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Alternate Versions

West German theatrical version was cut by ca. 10 minutes (plot scenes). For TV broadcasting these scenes were reinserted but the violent scenes were trimmed instead. See more »

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Excellent thriller, intelligent with surprising end
8 December 1998 | by Kar-2See all my reviews

This is one rare jewel of an intelligent thriller that was also the break-through effort for people like Dario Argento, the director and scriptwriter, Vittorio Storaro, the director of photography, and last but not least Ennio Morricone who composed the soundtrack. There are great performances by a cast of lesser known European actors who did not make it big but are great in this one. I would just like to mention two outstanding supporting performances by Eva Renzi who was never better before or after, and by Mario Adorf who convinces as half-crazed cat-eating painter. The movie will keep you glued to your seat and surprise with an absolutely unexpected twist at the end. Watch and enjoy!


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