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Year:
Duration:
107 min | USA:88 min (edited version)
Genres:
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
IMDB rate:
7.2
Director:
Dario Argento
Awards:
1 nomination
Details
Country: Italy
Release Date: 1991-01-01
Filming Locations: Incir De Paolis Studios, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Cast
Actor
Character
Cristina Marsillach
Betty
Ian Charleson
Marco
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
Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz
Lady Macbeth (soprano)
Michele Pertusi
Macbeth (bass)
Dario Argento
Narrator (Italian version) (voice) (uncredited)
Michele Soavi
Inspector Daniele Soave (uncredited)
Karl Zinny
Worker in the backround (uncredited)
Did you know?
Trivia
Vanessa Redgrave was attached to appear as Mara Czekova, but dropped out shortly before production began. The role was then reduced to a minor one.
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The last theatrical film of Ian Charleson.
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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.
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Goofs
During the chase in Betty's apartment, as the killer runs POV through the house the camera tilts back and forth showing for a brief second the top of the set in Betty's room and the space above it. Also, while exiting the bedroom, lighting equipment is visible on the left side of the frame.
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During the shootout in Betty's apartment as the masked killer dives out of the way of a shot, and the camera quickly pans after him, a crew member is visible on the right side of the frame, trying to get out of the way.
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In the killer's POV shot entering the costume workshop, the camera and camera dolly are seen in a mirror on the right.
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Quotes
Betty: I am nothing like my mother. Nothing like her!
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Marco: I think it's unwise to use movies as a guide for reality. Don't you Inspector?
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Faq
Q
What are the differences between the International Export Version and the Original Uncensored Version?
A
The VHS version for the international market of Dario Argento's outstanding work "Terror at the Opera" was cut by 12 minutes in several plot scenes. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.The British VHS is based upon the shorter international export version, but some additional cuts were made due to the violence in some scenes. Again one can find a detailed comparison with pictures here.
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Photos from cast
Urbano Barberini