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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:
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Winslow / The Phantom
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George Memmoli ...
Philbin
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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 ...
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David Garland ...
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Gary Mallaber ...
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Art Munson ...
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Mary Margaret Amato ...
Swan's Entourage
Rand Bridges ...
Swan's Entourage
James Bohan ...
Swan's Entourage
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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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31 October 1974 (USA)  »

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$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

At several key points in the film--especially during the Swanage audition and "orgy" sequences--the singing and character voice work is provided by Betty Buckley. She originally auditioned for a role in the film and wasn't cast, but director Brian De Palma called on her because of her skill with ADR and voice work. He would call upon her again to do double-duty, when he finally did cast her as the gym teacher, Miss Collins, in his next film Carrie (1976). See more »

Goofs

Swan is sitting watching his tape, after the car blows up on stage and sees the Phantom for the first time, in a black suit with a red shirt. When he comes out of the room and sees Winslow, he is wearing a tan suit with a white shirt. See more »

Quotes

Swan: Winslow, what a foolish thing to do. Didn't you read you contract closely? See where it says Terms of Agreement, can you read what it says? "This contract terminates with Swan." No more suicides, Winslow. You gave up your right to rest in peace when you signed this contract. What if you do find a loophole? Is that what you're thinking? Forget it. That stays sealed only as long as I have the power to bind you. If I'm destroyed, that gaping wound opens. You might say we terminate together.
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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 »

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Soundtracks

The Phantom's Theme
Written by Paul Williams
Performed by Paul Williams
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A Super-Cult of My Generation
5 January 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The powerful and awarded producer of records and owner of the successful label Death Records, Swan (Paul Williams), steals the Faust cantata composed by the unknown and naive composer Winslow Leach (William Finley) for the grand-opening of his rock-palace, The Paradise. When Winslow bothers Swan trying to meet him to produce his album, he is framed by Swan and sentenced to life in Sing Sing. Winslow escapes from the prison and is accidentally disfigured by the record press of the Death Record. He haunts The Paradise and finds Swan, who proposes a thick contract to Winslow to be signed with his blood. In accordance with the deal with the evil producer, the composer could finish the cantata he was composing for his muse and passion, the singer Phoenix (Jessica Harper), to sing in the theater. However, Swan double-crosses Winslow again, and he finds the dark secret of his contract.

The kitsch "Phantom of the Paradise" is a super-cult of my generation, with a tragic love story that blends "The Phantom of the Opera", "Faust" and "The Picture of Dorian Gray". I do not know how many times I have heard the delightful soundtrack of this movie on CD and watched this film on VHS, and today I have just seen it again on DVD for the first time, thirty-three years after the original release and still enjoying and singing the songs together with Phoenix, Beef and the Juicy Fruits. My family also loves this movie and the songs of this underrated masterpiece. The awesome composer of the some of the most important classic songs of The Carpenters, Paul Williams, fits perfectly to the role of the evil Swan, with his blond hair and dark heart. I do not recall seeing William Finley in another movie, at least in a remarkable role. However, the debut of the talented Jessica Harper was stunning, with a top-notch performance and an awesome voice. I could bet at that time that she would become a sensation as actress and singer, but unfortunately I just recall her in "Suspiria", "Love and Death" and "Tales from the Crypt". Brian De Palma pays homage to Alfred Hitchcock with the shower scene of Beef. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "O Fantasma do Paraíso" ("The Phantom of the Paradise")

On 18 January 2011, I saw this film again.


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