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Dario Argento (screenplay) and
Daria Nicolodi (screenplay)
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Release Date:
12 August 1977 (USA) See more »
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A newcomer to a fancy ballet academy gradually comes to realize that the school is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of grisly murders. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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''She must die, die, DIE! " See more (517 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jessica Harper ... Suzy Bannion
Stefania Casini ... Sara

Flavio Bucci ... Daniel
Miguel Bosé ... Mark (as Miguel Bosè)

Barbara Magnolfi ... Olga
Susanna Javicoli ... Sonia
Eva Axén ... Pat Hingle
Rudolf Schündler ... Prof. Milius

Udo Kier ... Dr. Frank Mandel

Alida Valli ... Miss Tanner

Joan Bennett ... Madame Blanc
Margherita Horowitz ... Teacher
Jacopo Mariani ... Albert
Fulvio Mingozzi ... Taxi Driver
Franca Scagnetti ... Cook

Renato Scarpa ... Prof. Verdegast
Serafina Scorceletti ... 2nd Cook
Giuseppe Transocchi ... Pavlo
Renata Zamengo ... Caroline
Alessandra Capozzi ... Dancer
Salvatore Capozzi ... Dancer
Diana Ferrara ... Dancer
Cristina Latini ... Dancer
Alfredo Raino ... Dancer
Claudia Zaccari ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dario Argento ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Geoffrey Copleston ... Prof. Milius (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Carolyn De Fonseca ... Olga (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Giovanni Di Bernardo ... Police Inspector (uncredited)
William Kiehl ... Narrator (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Daria Nicolodi ... Woman at Airport (uncredited)

Ted Rusoff ... Police Inspector (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Gregory Snegoff ... Daniel / Mark (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Frank von Kuegelgen ... Dr. Frank Mandel (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Dario Argento 
Writing credits
Dario Argento (screenplay) and
Daria Nicolodi (screenplay)

Thomas De Quincey  book "Suspiria de Profundis" (uncredited)

Produced by
Claudio Argento .... producer
Salvatore Argento .... executive producer
Original Music by
Dario Argento 
Agostino Marangolo  (as Goblin)
Massimo Morante  (as Goblin)
Fabio Pignatelli  (as Goblin)
Claudio Simonetti  (as Goblin)
Cinematography by
Luciano Tovoli 
Film Editing by
Franco Fraticelli 
Production Design by
Giuseppe Bassan 
Costume Design by
Pierangelo Cicoletti 
Makeup Department
Maria Teresa Corridoni .... hair stylist
Pierantonio Mecacci .... makeup supervisor
Piero Mecacci .... assistant makeup artist (as Pierino Mecacci)
Aldo Signoretti .... assistant hair stylist
Production Management
Federico Tocci .... unit manager
Lucio Trentini .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Antonio Gabrielli .... assistant director
Art Department
Davide Bassan .... assistant art director
Enrico Fiorentini .... set dresser
Massimo Garrone .... assistant set dresser
Maurizio Garrone .... assistant art director
Aldo Taloni .... set constructor
Sound Department
Nick Alexander .... dubbing editor: English
Luciano Anzellotti .... sound effects
Mario Dallimonti .... sound recordist
Federico Savina .... sound re-recording engineer
Corrado Volpicelli .... boom operator
Massimo Anzellotti .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Germano Natali .... special effects
Fabio Traversari .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Alberto Altibrandi .... gaffer
Francesco Bellomo .... still photographer: action stills
Riccardo Dolci .... assistant camera
Enrico Fontana .... assistant camera
Mario Moreschini .... key grip
Idelmo Simonelli .... camera operator
Giuseppe Tinelli .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tiziana Mancini .... wardrobe mistress
Bertilla Silvestrin .... seamstress
Editorial Department
Piero Bozza .... first assistant editor
Roberto Olivieri .... second assistant editor
Rick Greenhead .... telecine colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Maurizio Guarini .... musician
Other crew
Massimo Brandimarte .... production coordinator
Ferdinando Caputo .... production accountant
Carlo Du Bois .... production accountant
Francesca Roberti .... continuity
Federico Starace .... production coordinator
Nino Vendetti .... unit publicist
Rosetta Calavetta .... voice dubbing: Joan Bennett (uncredited)
Manlio De Angelis .... voice dubbing: Udo Kier (uncredited)
Bruno Di Bartolomei .... assistant cashier (uncredited)
Vittoria Febbi .... voice dubbing: Barbara Magnolfi (uncredited)
Simona Izzo .... voice dubbing: Susanna Javicoli (uncredited)
Flaminia Jandolo .... voice dubbing: Eva Axén (uncredited)
Giorgio Piazza .... voice dubbing: Rudolf Schündler (uncredited)
Emanuela Rossi .... voice dubbing: Jessica Harper (uncredited)
Mario Bava .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dario Argento's Suspiria" - USA (promotional title)
"Suspiria" - Hong Kong (English title) (premiere title)
"Suspiria" - Argentina, Mexico (DVD title), Spain
"Alarido" - Mexico, Peru (imdb display title)
"Suspiria" - Finland (DVD title), Finland (video box title)
"Суспирия" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Суспирия" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"Chock House" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"Flykten från helvetet" - Sweden
"Odgłosy" - Poland
"Sóhajok" - Hungary (imdb display title)
"Sasuperia" - Japan (imdb display title)
"Soupirs" - France (TV title)
"Suspiria" - Norway (imdb display title)
"Suspiria" - Brazil
"Suspiria" - Greece
"Suspiria" - France
"Suspiria" - Turkey (Turkish title)
"Suspiria - In den Krallen des Bösen" - West Germany (poster title)
"Suspiria - tappavat huokaukset" - Finland (TV title)
"Suspiria: In den Krallen des Bösen" - Germany (imdb display title)
"Suspirija" - Serbia (imdb display title)
"Yin feng zhen zhen" - Hong Kong (Mandarin title) (imdb display title)
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98 min | Germany:88 min | USA:92 min | Argentina:95 min
Color (Eastmancolor) (prints) | Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (35 mm optical prints) | 4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints)
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) | Australia:R18+ | Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) (original rating) | Canada:14A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Canada:14A (Manitoba) (re-rating) (2007) | Canada:18A (Ontario) (re-rating) (2007) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (re-rating) (2001) | Chile:18 | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-18 (2001) | France:16 | Germany:18 (TV premiere) (2006) (heavily cut) | Hong Kong:III | Hungary:18 | India:A | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Mexico:C | Mexico:B15 (re-rating) (2011) | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:(Banned) (video rating) | Norway:18 (DVD rating) (uncut) (2005) | Norway:(Banned) (1977-2003) (cinema release) | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Spain:13 (DVD rating) (2004) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) (1990) (uncut) | USA:R (certificate #24998) | USA:X (original rating) | USA:Unrated (uncut version) | West Germany:18 (original rating) (cut)

Did You Know?

According to Daria Nicolodi the lead role in the film was written for her, but the studio insisted that an American actress be cast for the lead to make the film more marketable.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: During the opening cab ride to the school, Suzy asks the cab driver "has it been raining this hard for long?" As the driver turns back towards her just before responds you can see just outside the driver's window (on the left side of the shot) a pillar-like rotating piece of lighting equipment that is clearly the source of the red and yellow strobe lighting during the entire scene.See more »
[first lines]
Narrator:Suzy Banyon decided to perfect her ballet studies in the most famous school of dance in Europe. She chose the celebrated academy of Freiburg. One day, at nine in the morning, she left Kennedy airport, New York, and arrived in Germany at 10:40 p.m. local time.
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118 out of 161 people found the following review useful.
''She must die, die, DIE! ", 30 August 2005
Author: phillindholm

"Suspiria" has been acclaimed as director Dario Argento's masterpiece. And it certainly is. The plot is fairly simple. American ballet student Susy Banyon (Jessica Harper) travels to Germany to attend an exclusive ballet school. Once there, she discovers that there is more going on within than just dance instruction. Although the school's directress, Madame Blanc (Joan Bennett) welcomes her warmly, she is unsettled by her aide, Nazified teacher Miss Tanner (Alida Valli), as well as several mysterious student disappearances. When her new friend Sara (Stefania Casini) is the latest to vanish, Susy begins her own investigation of the academy. Filmed in bright, lurid Technicolor, and accompanied by a thundering soundtrack by Goblin, Suspiria is a nightmare-come-to-life. The performances of Harper, Bennett and especially Valli (like Bennett, a major star of the Golden Age) are solid, as is the unrelentingly creepy atmosphere. Also on display are two especially gruesome murders which happen near the beginning of the film. Argento later said that he modeled the look of the film directly on Walt Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and, indeed the similarities are apparent. "Suspiria" may not always make perfect sense plot wise, but it's a thrilling roller-coaster ride through what may very well be Hell. "Suspiria" ranks as one of the best Italian-made horror films of all time.

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