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 and nerdy composer Winslow Leach to celebrate the opening of his rock palace, The Paradise. While trying to stop Swan, Leach was framed and convicted for drug dealing, and 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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 "electronic room" in which Winslow composes his cantata (and where Swan restores his voice) is in fact an actual recording studio, The Record Plant. The walls covered with knobs are in reality a huge, custom-built Moog electronic synthesizer. Dubbed TONTO, this instrument was featured on several albums by the pioneering electronica duo T.O.N.T.O.'s Expanding Head Band, and it still exists. See more »


When Winslow is visiting the Death Records building for the first time, Swan Song Enterprises is visible above the doors. Swan Song was apparently changed to Death Records by the producers to avoid legal hassles with Led Zeppelin's Swan Song label. See more »


Arnold Philbin: You know what?
Winslow Leach: What?
Arnold Philbin: I think the Juicy Fruits are gonna dig it.
Winslow Leach: The Juicy Fruits?
Arnold Philbin: I'm not promising anything, kid...
[Winslow slams Philbin against the wall]
Winslow Leach: I'm not gonna allow my music to be mutilated by those greaseballs!
Arnold Philbin: Hey, take it easy...
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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 Erik: Portrait of a Living Corpse (2010) See more »


Somebody Super Like You
Written by Paul Williams
Performed by Jeffrey Comanor, Archie Hahn and Peter Elbling as The Undeads, lead vocal Peter Elbling
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Beauty and the Cheese
10 October 2004 | by (New Orleans) – See all my reviews

This movie is beautiful. Its a consummate midnight movie. Okay, so Paul Williams, Bill Finley, and Jessica Harper may not be the best actors in the world. And sure, the effects, set, camera moves, and acting is SO VERY seventies, but that doesn't take away from the most beautiful score of any made for film musical, heart tugging writing, and a great villain. Also, the humor of this film is great. De Palma was obviously having fun. I mean, this movie can be viewed as a bad piece of overblown trash, or a studio trying to capitalize on a midnight movie craze, but wheres the fun in that? The direction is solid, the music is relevant, and the movie tells a story. Its fun, entertaining, and emotional. What more do you want from a movie? Plus, you have Rod "Twilight Zone" Serling doing the opening narration! What a beautifully cheesy movie.

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