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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.

Director:

Dario Argento

Writers:

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Box Office

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

There has frequently been controversy about the film's aspect ratio since it was shot in the Super 35 process and released both in 2,35:1 and 1,85:1 on DVD with the general conclusion being that 2,35:1 was the ratio intended by Dario Argento since he had the film shown that way on various festivals and obviously chose to use Super 35 himself for this film. See more »

Goofs

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 CAN'T GET OUT! I CAN'T GET OUT! FUCK!
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Alternate Versions

Available in both R and Unrated versions. See more »

Connections

Version of The Phantom of the Opera (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Balance
by Brian Eno and Roger Eno
By Arrangement with Opal Ltd, London
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User Reviews

 
Atmospheric Fear
6 February 2020 | by BreumasterSee all my reviews

This movie was atmospheric from the beginning. It had very strong suspense scenes that made it to a good horror movie experience. There are several times when I worried for the protagonist victims. That's when I thought: "No, please! Stand it! Don't close your eyes!" There are pretty sadistic torturing scenes in it. You better don't watch it, if you're sensible about that. There is blood and gore, but the atmosphere makes the horror taking an effect on the audience. It's an 80s horror movie gem, which I recommend to watch for horror movie fans! All sensible persons shouldn't watch that.


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