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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.
obsession. murder. madness.
Also Known As:
Terror at the Opera
Release Date: September 06, 1991
Runtime: 107 mins
All Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 7.1
Buried.com Rating: 8.1 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With O
MPAA Rating: Unrated
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
Gyorgy Gyorivanyi ...Miro
Bjorn Hammer ...Cop #1
Peter Pitsch ...Mara Czekova's assistant
Sebastiano Somma ...Cop #2
Elizabeth Norberg Schulz ...Lady Macbeth (soprano) (singing voice)
Michele Pertusi ...Macbeth (bass) (singing voice)
Dario Argento ...Narrator (Italian version) (voice)
Michele Soavi ...Inspector Daniele Soave
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More Movie Taglines:
- obsession. murder. madness.
- A star is born tonight... will she live to see tomorrow?
- The last note is a real killer.
- Betty: I am nothing like my mother. Nothing like her!
- Vanessa Redgrave was attached to star, but dropped out shortly before production began.
Many mishaps on set, including the death of one of the actors, led director Dario Argento to believe that the "Macbeth curse" also struck during the making of this film.
The ending of the movie is inspired by the ending of Thomas Harris's book "Red Dragon". In an interview in Luca M. Palmerini's book "Spaghetti Nightmares", Dario Argento states that he did not like Michael Mann's Manhunter (1986), the first film adaptation of "Red Dragon" which used a completely different ending from the one in the novel, but is a fan of Harris's novel. (Ted Tally's screenplay for Red Dragon (2002) later adapted this ending more faithfully.)
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.
The last theatrical film of Ian Charleson.
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