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The Phantom of the Opera (1989)

A young soprano becomes the obsession of a horribly disfigured composer, who has plans for those who oppose him or the young singer.

Director:

Dwight H. Little

Writers:

Gaston Leroux (novel), Gerry O'Hara (based upon the screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Englund ... Erik Destler / The Phantom
Jill Schoelen ... Christine Day
Alex Hyde-White ... Richard Dutton
Bill Nighy ... Martin Barton
Stephanie Lawrence Stephanie Lawrence ... La Carlotta
Terence Harvey ... Insp. Hawkins
Nathan Lewis Nathan Lewis ... Davies
Peter Clapham Peter Clapham ... Harrison
Molly Shannon ... Meg (New York)
Emma Rawson Emma Rawson ... Meg (London)
Mark Ryan ... Mott
Yehuda Efroni ... The Rat Catcher
Terence Beesley ... Joseph Buquet
Ray Jewers Ray Jewers ... Elise
Robin Hunter Robin Hunter ... Roland
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Storyline

In New York, the Julliard student Christine Day meets her friend Meg in the library where she works and she shows a piece of music from the unknown author Erik Destler that she has found on the shelf. Christine decides to use the music in her audition on the next day for a role in a version of Faust in the New York Opera. During the audition, there is an accident on the stage and Christina faints. She relives her past life in the 19th century in London, when she is an aspirant opera singer and becomes the protégée of the Phantom of the London Opera House. The Phantom is the unknown composer Erik Destler who makes a pact with the devil in order to the world would love his music. In return, the devil destroys his face and tells him that he would never be loved by anyone and would be disfigured forever. After a tragic ending, Christine awakes in the present day and has a great surprise when she is introduced to the producer of the opera. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Only love and music are forever. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Music | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | UK | Hungary

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Phantom of the Opera: The Motion Picture See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,050,000, 5 November 1989

Gross USA:

$3,953,745

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,953,745
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Previously, Dwight H. Little had directed Halloween 4. See more »

Goofs

When Christine first starts singing to the phantom in front of the fireplace near the beginning, her voice doesn't match her lip movement. See more »

Quotes

Erik Destler: So your bubbling was the work of the opera ghost?
Joseph Buquet: No it was an accident.
Erik Destler: But you blamed me!
Joseph Buquet: It won't happen again.
Erik Destler: No it won't. Your suspended!
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Crazy Credits

This Motion Picture is not associated with any current or prior stage play or motion picture of the same title. See more »

Alternate Versions

Several scenes of extreme graphic violence had to be trimmed/deleted in order to get an R-rating in America. See more »

Connections

References The Shining (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

The Jewel Song
taken from "Faust" by Charles Gounod
Produced by Misha Segal
Music Solutions by Gaylon J. Horton
Director of Music for 21st Century: William Ashford
Recorded in Budapest by Eric Tomlinson
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A sleeper film with a charming and talented cast snubbed by the academy and golden globes in a deserving production
3 January 2002 | by luckyhouseSee all my reviews

I found the premise not only intriging, but the cinematography combined with passionate performances combined with the music make for an entertaining evening. I was so pleased with this film that I went out to buy a copy of the soundtrack to listen to while I went to buy the movie. The leading lady is not only captivating in her role, but resembles Shannon Dougherty facially and gives a Meryl Streep performance. I found the music to be very original and heartfelt although some lip sync was done during production. Robert Englund is wonderful as the Phantom. I found myself wanting to sleep with the lights on. In an alley scene where theives try to rob him, Eric Dessler (The Phantom)cleverly asks what they will trade for his purse. His delivery is strong and clever as a cat which goes well with his final remedy of the situation. We can all guess the theives steal no more.

The end of the film finds an extremely original twist, as Eric is found to be the modern day leader of the group who is putting on the broadway play in New York. Love enduring is made so clear when certain death is avoided again, which in itself is expected but executed with dynamic acting.

Yes, I loved this film and feel those who don't lack the training and intelligence to appreciate the story to begin with...Go buy the movie. You'll be glad you did.


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