Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy  |  31 October 1974 (USA)
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A disfigured composer sells his soul for the woman he loves so that she will perform his music. However, an evil record tycoon betrays him and steals his music to open his rock palace, The Paradise.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Winslow / The Phantom
George Memmoli ...
The Juicy Fruits / The Beach Bums / The Undeads
Jeffrey Comanor ...
The Juicy Fruits / The Beach Bums / The Undeads
Peter Elbling ...
The Juicy Fruits / The Beach Bums / The Undeads (as Harold Oblong)
Colin Cameron ...
David Garland ...
Gary Mallaber ...
Art Munson ...
Mary Margaret Amato ...
Swan's Entourage
Rand Bridges ...
Swan's Entourage
James Bohan ...
Swan's Entourage


Rock opera version of The Phantom of the Opera which also serves as a dark satire of the music business. Notorious record tycoon Swan has sold his soul to the devil for eternal youth and success - 20 years ago. Swan's current scheme is to steal the music from meek composer Winslow Leach to celebrate the opening of his rock palace, The Paradise. While trying to stop Swan, Leach becomes the victim of a freak accident that leaves him horribly disfigured. He takes refuge in the cavernous Paradise, hiding his mangled face beneath an eerie mask and planning gruesome vengeance upon Swan - and everyone else who has hurt him. Written by Max Davison <RockyHexorcist2785>

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The music made him do it! See more »


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Release Date:

31 October 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Phantom  »

Box Office


$1,300,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character of Winslow Leach (the Phantom) was named after director Brian De Palma's mentor, Wilford Leach. See more »


Brian De Palma can be seen at around 1:02:58. He's right there plain as night, in the darkness just over Phoenix's left shoulder, sitting in a director's chair with his right arm raised, along with another crew member over Phoenix's right shoulder, then he vanishes when the spot picks her up. See more »


Swan: Here's the contract. Everything I've said and more is in it.
The Phantom: I'll read it.
Swan: At your leisure.
The Phantom: "The party of the first part gives the party of the second part and his associates full power to do with him at their pleasure. To rule, to send, to fetch, or carry him or his, be it either body, soul, flesh, blood or goods." What does that mean?
Swan: That's a transportation clause.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits feature a series of montages of the cast members, identifying each by name, starting with the musical trio (Oblong, Hahn, Comanor) and concluding with William Finley as Winslow/The Phantom. These montages are made up of shots ostensibly from the movie, and most of them are, but there are also numerous outtakes. See more »


Version of Das Phantom der Oper (1916) See more »


Written by Paul Williams
Performed by Jeffrey Comanor, Archie Hahn and Peter Elbling as The Beach Bums, lead vocal Jeffrey Comanor
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Great "tongue-in-cheek" horror film.
4 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is probably one of those ones that most people either love or hate, so there isn't that much point in trying to sell it to anyone. I've been hugely attached to it since it came out. I don't think I'm alone in saying that it's "my" answer to Rocky Horror (which to me is simply "entertaining" - which is no insult). A lot of people seem to really dislike Paul Williams. But, love him or hate him, he threw himself completely into the role of Swan. To me, Swan is one of the best comical or semi-comical villains ever (it took me a long while to think of it, but I wonder whether his use of the word "Excellent" in one scene might have inspired Mr. Burns' line on The Simpsons). Everyone else was very good in it, obviously Gerritt Graham as Beef, and George Memmoli as Philbin. I wish , in the first place, that there were FEWER tongue-in-cheek horror films (or whatever you want to call them), and in the second place, that they were as original as this one.

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