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Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

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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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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 ...
Band
David Garland ...
Band
Gary Mallaber ...
Band
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

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 »

Goofs

When the Phantom attacks Beef with the plunger, as Beef is sliding down the wall of the shower, you see the water spray of the shower twice, meaning two different takes were used for one scene. See more »

Quotes

Swan: [to an assassin, ragged voice] Remember, she must be hit just as Philbin says "Til death do you part."
Arnold Philbin: Now, what a minute. This may be none of my business or anything. But if you're gonna kill her, why do it here tonight?
Swan: An assassination live on television coast to coast? That's entertainment!
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

The Phantom's Theme
Written by Paul Williams
Performed by Paul Williams
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Belongs in The Unnamable Top-Ten List with "This is Spinal Tap"
19 November 2005 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

My father wouldn't let me see this in 1974 (I was 11) and I recall him reporting a coworker's opinion that the film should have been rated "R."

So finally, in 2005, I see the film at age 42.

The film is disturbing on a variety of levels. First and foremost, I realized that most of the players are now in their late 50's and 60's. Disturbing, why? Well, because there's a band out there called "the Undead" (Bobby Steele, ex-Misfits) who, turns out, stole (or did he?) his name from Phantom of the Paradise's "the Undeads" Likewise, the Undeads in this film were doing in 1974 what Scandinavian death metal bands _started_ doing in the early 1990's. Furthermore, did the Damned's Dave Vanian rip off the Undead's gimmick?

I felt uneasy realizing that, had I seen the movie when it came out, I probably wouldn't have gotten any of the jokes; I wouldn't have laughed out loud at Beef, the lesbian jokes, the parody of self-important wimpy rockers. And I wouldn't have appreciated the successful composite of Phantom of the Opera, Faust, Picture of Dorian Gray, etc.

The acting is top-notch - the only way "camp" gets laughs. Paul Williams's Swan is the most black-hearted villain I've seen.

The wait was worth it for me on this one.


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