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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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Dario Argento

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Dario Argento (story), Franco Ferrini (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Antonino Iuorio ... Baddini (as Antonio Juorio)
Carola Stagnaro Carola Stagnaro ... Alma's mother
Francesca Cassola Francesca Cassola ... Alma
Maurizio Garrone Maurizio Garrone ... Maurizio, the raven trainer
Cristina Giachino Cristina Giachino ... Maria, the assistant director
György Gyõriványi György Gyõriványi ... Miro
Bjorn Hammer 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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Taglines:

obsession. murder. madness. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong terror and violence, and for a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

19 December 1987 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Opera See more »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Marco, the horror director turned opera director, was based on Dario Argento himself. See more »

Goofs

When in the wardrobe studio to repair the damaged dress, the wind is blowing on sheets of fabrics laying on the floor. While the camera is traveling forward, it pans to the right, and the camera crew is visible in a mirror's reflection. See more »

Quotes

Betty: You bastard! Son of a bitch! You're not going to get me! You're not! I'll kill you!
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Alternate Versions

The version prepared by Orion Pictures for an American release in 1988 was edited to 96 minutes, removing the scene of Mara Cecova hurling her glass at the TV, much material involving the little girl next door to Betty, and Betty's final crawl through the grass in the final scene. The U.S. plans were scrapped, and this version was released by RCA/Columbia on Japanese laserdisc and as a bonus on Arrow's two-disc DVD reissue in England. See more »

Connections

Version of The Phantom of the Opera (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Un bel dì vedremo
from "Madama Butterfly"
Composed by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Mirella Freni
By Arrangement with PolyGram (as Poligram)
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Originality makes it worth a watch
3 June 2008 | by oldfrisco8See all my reviews

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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