Italian theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Dario Argento|
|Produced by||Dario Argento
Mario Cecchi Gori
Vittorio Cecchi Gori
|Written by||Franco Ferrini|
|Screenplay by||Dario Argento|
|Story by||Dario Argento|
|Music by||Brian Eno
|Edited by||Franco Fraticelli|
|ADC Films (as ACD Srl)
Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinematografica (as Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinematografica Srl)
Radiotelevisione Italiana (as RAI Radio Televisione Italiana)
|Distributed by||Orion Pictures (US)|
|Release date(s)||19 December 1987|
|Running time||107 min.|
Opera (also known as Terror at the Opera) is a 1987 Italian giallo horror film written and directed by Dario Argento and starring Cristina Marsillach, Urbano Barberini and Ian Charleson. The film's score was composed by Brian Eno and Claudio Simonetti. The film was released in the United States under the title Terror at the Opera. The film was one of Argento's most commercially successful films having 1,363,912 cinema goers in his native country Italy.
The film centers around young, insecure opera singer Betty (Cristina Marsillach). After the lead in Verdi's Macbeth is injured in an car accident, Betty is reluctantly thrust into the role in the opera. During her first performance, a murder takes place in one of the opera boxes. Mysterious murders continue throughout the film as Betty is stalked and those around her meet their unfortunate end. The killer binds and places tape under Betty's eyelids with needles attached so she is unable to blink, and therefore forced to watch as the murders take place. Meanwhile, Betty continues to have frightening dreams involving a masked person and her mother. During the final performance of the opera the killer is revealed, and Betty must confront her past in a terrifying climax.
- Cristina Marsillach as Betty
- Ian Charleson as Marco
- Urbano Barberini as Inspector Alan Santini
- Daria Nicolodi as Mira
- Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni as Giulia
- Antonella Vitale as Marion
- William McNamara as Stefano
- Barbara Cupisti as Signora Albertini
||This list (which may have dates, numbers, etc.) may be better in a sortable table format. (January 2013)|
- "White Dakeness",
"From the Beginning"
by Claudio Simonetti By Arrangement with BMG Ariola-Walkman SRL
- "Opera Theme",
by Bill Wyman and Terry Taylor By Arrangement with Ripple Music Ltd.
- "Knights of the Night",
by The Group Steel Grave By Arrangement with Franton Music/Walkman SRL
- "No Escape"
by The Group Norden Light By Arrangement with Sonet
- "Lady Macbeth ("Vieni t'afretta")
- "Casta Diva"
- "Amami Alfredo",
from "La Traviata" Composed by Giuseppe Verdi Performed by Maria Callas By Arrangement with Fonit Cetra
- "Un bel dì vedremo"
(excerpt) Composed by Giuseppe Verdi Performed by Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz (as Elisabetta Norberg Schulz) soprano, Paola Leolini Soprano, Andrea Piccinni (as Andrea Piccini) Tenor, Michele Pertusi Baritone, with "Arturo Toscanini" Symphonic Orchestra of Emilia and Romagna Recorded at the Elite Studio of Sermide (MN)
Opera currently has an approval rating of 83% on movie review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on twelve reviews. AllMovie called the film "a decent, fairly typical Argento film that is worth watching primarily for its above-average murder sequences."
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