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Deep Red (1975)

Profondo rosso (original title)
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A jazz pianist and a wisecracking journalist are pulled into a complex web of mystery after the former witnesses the brutal murder of a psychic.

Director:

Dario Argento
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Hemmings ... Marcus Daly
Daria Nicolodi ... Gianna Brezzi
Gabriele Lavia ... Carlo
Macha Méril ... Helga Ulmann
Eros Pagni Eros Pagni ... Supt. Calcabrini
Giuliana Calandra ... Amanda Righetti
Piero Mazzinghi Piero Mazzinghi ... Bardi
Glauco Mauri ... Prof. Giordani
Clara Calamai ... Marta
Aldo Bonamano Aldo Bonamano ... Carlo's Father
Liana Del Balzo Liana Del Balzo ... Elvira
Vittorio Fanfoni Vittorio Fanfoni ... Cop Taking Notes
Dante Fioretti Dante Fioretti ... Police photographer
Geraldine Hooper Geraldine Hooper ... Massimo Ricci
Jacopo Mariani ... Young Carlo (as Iacopo Mariani)
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Storyline

A psychic who can read minds picks up the thoughts of a murderer in the audience and soon becomes a victim. An English pianist gets involved in solving the murders, but finds many of his avenues of inquiry cut off by new murders, and he begins to wonder how the murderer can track his movements so closely. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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When the Screaming starts and the Blood begins to flow... Pinch yourself and keep repeating I'M AT THE MOVIES! I'M AT THE MOVIES! I'M AT THE MOVIES! I'M AT THE MOVIES! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | German | English

Release Date:

11 June 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dripping Deep Red See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (R-rated) | (export)

Sound Mix:

Mono | 4-Track Stereo (Japan theatrical release)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Writer/director Dario Argento later said about the movie: "As I was filming it, I knew exactly what I wanted. I was very relaxed, not stressed at all. The story is beautiful, I wrote it effortlessly in a couple of days. It was miraculous. You just need to watch a movie to know how the director was feeling at the moment he was making it." See more »

Goofs

The wires controlling the bird are visible when it flies into the knitting needle. See more »

Quotes

Carlo: Look, maybe you've seen something so important you can't realize it.
Marcus Daly: But... I'm just trying to understand, because...
Carlo: You know, sometimes what you actually see and what you imagine... get mixed up in your memory like a cocktail... from which you can no longer distinguish one flavor from another.
Marcus Daly: But I'm telling you the truth!
Carlo: No, Marc. You think you're telling the truth, but in fact... you're telling only your version of the truth. It happens to me all the time.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are interrupted halfway through by a murder scene See more »

Alternate Versions

The original UK Redemption video release was cut by 11 seconds to remove scenes of 2 dogs fighting and a live lizard impaled with a pin. The 2005 Platinum DVD issue is slightly re-framed (to exclude the lizard scene) and restores the dog sequence, as it seems likely that they are playing rather than fighting. After receiving information from the production company that the lizard scene was faked (the pin was described as an 'effects shot') the BBFC waived the cut for the 2010 Arrow DVD. See more »

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User Reviews

 
Slick slasher schlock!
27 August 2012 | by UnknownRealmsDotNetSee all my reviews

Atrocious acting, gallons of cherry red blood, and a wildly inappropriate soundtrack -- yet Deep Red is still great. Following a string of murders surrounding him, a pianist finds himself the next target as he unravels the mystery behind the attacks. What makes Deep Red work is the mystery that keeps you in your seat, and the outstanding camera-work that pulls you to the edge of it. While rough by today's Hollywood standards, many of the shots are creative, evoke the intended mood/information, and are sometimes just plain cool. Next is the sound track, and well, there are a number of things to say about the soundtrack. For one, it is very interesting, and at times cool. For another, it kills many tense moments with some odd seventies rock. Lastly, it is obviously inspired by Tubular Bells (not a bad thing). However, there is one piece of music that is played twice that is a direct rip from Tubular Bells. The word plagiarism comes to mind when hearing those sequences. Despite these quirks, Deep Red is a great film to watch for aspiring Horror film directors. It shows how a little elbow-grease and a creative mind can make a movie great.


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