IMDb > Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
Phantom of the Paradise
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Phantom of the Paradise (1974) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 10 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
7.3/10   9,265 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 13% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writer:
Brian De Palma (written by)
Contact:
View company contact information for Phantom of the Paradise on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
31 October 1974 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The music made him do it! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Quintessential cult movie See more (137 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Finley ... Winslow / The Phantom

Paul Williams ... Swan

Jessica Harper ... Phoenix

Gerrit Graham ... Beef
George Memmoli ... Philbin

Archie Hahn ... 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 ... Band
Mary Margaret Amato ... Swan's Entourage
Rand Bridges ... Swan's Entourage
James Bohan ... Swan's Entourage
Herb Pacheco ... Assassin
Jennifer Ashley ... Groupie
Janit Baldwin ... Groupie

Janus Blythe ... Groupie (as Janis Eve Lynn)
Katherine Mastellos ... Groupie

Robin Mattson ... Groupie
Patrice Rohmer ... Groupie
Cheryl Smith ... Groupie
April Troy ... Groupie
Walter Foster ... Cop
Peter Harrell ... Cop
Troy Haskins ... Judge
Gene Gross ... Warden
Henry Calvert ... Nightwatchman

Ken Carpenter ... Stagehand
Sam Forney ... Stagehand
Leslie Brewer ... Surfgirl
Celia Derr ... Surfgirl
Linda Larimer ... Surfgirl
Roseanne Romine ... Surfgirl
Nydia Amagas ... Dancer

Sara Ballantine ... Dancer
Kristi Bird ... Dancer
Cathy Buttner ... Dancer
Linda Cox ... Dancer
Jane DeFord ... Dancer
Bibi Hansen ... Dancer
Robin Jeep ... Dancer
Deen Summers ... Dancer
Judy Washington ... Dancer
Susan Weiser ... Dancer
Janet Savarino ... Singing Twin
Jean Savarino ... Singing Twin

Keith Allison ... Country & Western Singer
Bobby Birkenfeld ... Guy
Sandy Catton ... Black Singers (as Sandy Catton & friends)
William Donovan ... Reporter

Edmund Lane ... Reporter (as Scott Lane)
Dennis Olivieri ... Reporter
Adam Wade ... Reporter
Nancy Moses ... Back-Up Singer
Diana Walden ... Back-Up Singer
Sherri Adeline ... Girl in Ticket Line
Carol O'Leary ... Betty Lou
Marty Bongfeldt ... Mini-bopper (as Marty Bongfeld)
Coleen Crudden ... Mini-bopper
Bridgett Dunn ... Mini-bopper
William Shephard ... Rock Freak
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Angelyne ... Auditioning Singer (uncredited)

Shelly Desai ... Dental Health Volunteer #1 (uncredited)
Ray Kennedy ... Beef (singing voice) (uncredited)

Rod Serling ... Introductory Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Brian De Palma 
 
Writing credits
Brian De Palma (written by)

Produced by
Michael Arciaga .... associate producer
Gustave M. Berne .... executive producer (as Gustave Berne)
Jeffrey L. Hayes .... associate producer (as Jeffrey Hayes)
Paul Lewis .... associate producer
Edward R. Pressman .... producer
Lynn Pressman-Raymond .... assistant producer (as Lynn Raymond)
Bill Scott .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Williams 
 
Cinematography by
Larry Pizer (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Paul Hirsch 
 
Casting by
Sylvia Fay 
Gino Havens 
Peggy Taylor 
 
Production Design by
Jack Fisk 
 
Costume Design by
Rosanna Norton 
 
Makeup Department
John Chambers .... makeup designer
Rolf Miller .... makeup artist
Anna Sugano .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Gary Kent .... unit manager
Thomas Lightburn .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael J. Dmytryk .... assistant director (as Michael Dmytryk)
Robert Enrietto .... second assistant director
Burt Bluestein .... second assistant director: New York (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Michel Levesque .... construction coordinator (as Michael Levesque)
Erik L. Nelson .... property master (as Erik Nelson)
Sissy Spacek .... set dresser
Brian Swain .... construction coordinator
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Harriet Fidlow .... assistant sound editor (as Harriet Glickstein)
Al Gramaglia .... sound mixer
Dan Sable .... sound editor
David Schneiderman .... boom operator
James M. Tanenbaum .... sound (as James Tanenbaum)
 
Special Effects by
Greg Auer .... special effects
 
Stunts
Andy Epper .... stunt double: Winslow (as Andrew Epper)
James Gambino .... stunt double: Swan
Jim Lovelett .... stunt double: Winslow
Steven Richmond .... stunt double: Swan
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John L. Black .... grip (as John Black)
Terry Bowen .... second assistant camera
Richard Cronn .... best boy
Sean Doyle .... assistant camera
Robert Elfstrom .... special photography for wedding
Cary Griffith .... grip
Tim Griffith .... gaffer
Maurice Horton .... electrician
Bruce Kaye .... second assistant camera
Paul Marcus .... electrician
Jack Palinkas .... key grip
James Signorelli .... special photography for wedding
Darryl Smith .... electrician
Mike Taylor .... grip
Ronnie Taylor .... camera operator (as Ronald Taylor)
Mike Redding .... electrician (uncredited)
Philip Sloan .... electrician: Dallas (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Peter Jamison .... associate costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Paul Hirsch .... montage
 
Music Department
Michael Arciaga .... music supervisor
Jules Chaikin .... music supervisor
John Fox .... assistant music editor
Ed Norton .... music editor
George Aliceson Tipton .... composer: additional score
George Aliceson Tipton .... conductor: additional scoring
Paul Williams .... music producer
 
Other crew
Alexa Bodrero .... assistant to director
Ken Carpenter .... production assistant
Judith Cohen .... production secretary
Adrian Cumming .... production assistant
J. Daniel Dusek .... production assistant (as Dan Dusek)
Peter Elbling .... choreographer (as Harold Oblong)
Karen Gilbert .... production assistant
Deborah Howe .... assistant to producer
Cassandra Kaye .... script supervisor
William Shephard .... choreographer for wedding
Stanley Weiser .... production assistant
Edward Summer .... marketing consultant (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
92 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Movielab)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:16 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (1996) | Finland:K-18 | France:-12 | Iceland:14 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:M | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:PG | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Jessica Harper beat out Linda Ronstadt for the role of Phoenix.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: There's a shadow of the camera and the cameraman visible on the blue car at the end of the "bomb in the trunk" sequence.See more »
Quotes:
Winslow Leach:[singing] All my dreams are lost and I can't sleep. Sleep alone could ease my mind. All my tears are gone and I can't weep. Old emotions may they rest in peace and dream. Dream a bunch of friends. Rest in peace and dream. Dream it never ends.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
FaustSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
47 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
Quintessential cult movie, 13 February 2006
Author: francois chevallier (francheval@noos.fr) from Paris, France

Mix "the Phantom of the Opera" with "Faust" and "the Picture of Dorian Gray", sprinkle it all with 1970's electric glam-rock, Gothic horror and uttermost baroque scenery and costumes. And there you get "Phantom of the Paradise", a picture that has everything to be the perfect cult movie, and would deserve much more attention than its more famous counterpart "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", released one year later.

Whereas "Rocky Horror" remains a farce all the way through, "Phantom of the Paradise" is a real tragedy in the original meaning : the story of a genial but naive musician who gets his work swindled by an evil baby-faced producer who has sold his soul to the Devil. Besides, "Phantom" is more a film about music or a film with songs in it than a proper musical, and it's better so because the story is really interesting. Like "Rocky Horror", " Phantom" is full of parody and incredible gimmicks, but the plot and the soundtrack are far superior, and on the whole, "Phantom" has a lot more class.

Many people who have seen the movie when it was released were teenagers, and it's one of those movies I know many people to have seen ten times or more. Looked at from a mature point of view, it is true that "Phantom" appears somewhat kitsch and not so profound, and it is obvious that the director must have had great fun shooting such a delirious show. But let's say then that as "typical midnight movie", "Phantom of the Paradise" remains a gripping and creative kitsch masterpiece, and still keeps up with its cult movie status thirty years after. That's what classics are all about.

Countless scenes and details would deserve comments, but let's say that two of them are really hard to forget: when the hero gets his face destroyed in a record-press after his escape from Sing-Sing in a toy box, and when he murders the campy music-hall star who usurped his music in the middle of the stage, by shooting a neonlight across his chest as the climax of a hysterical rock concert.

Interesting to know that the same three singers successively impersonate a parody of a sixties group with banana hairdos and falsetto voices, a nutty band in pants and wigs, and finally appear with ominous black and white make-up in a hard-rock performance that reminds of "Kiss". I guess you wouldn't tell if you didn't know.

The casting is very good although none of the actors seemed to have achieved real stardom. You don't get to see so much of William Finley because he wears a mask throughout much of the film, but Paul Williams, who has had a rather mediocre singing career, was perfect for the role as machiavelic producer Swan. The angelic blond face and the malign nature of the character make a very powerful contrast.

However, I found the most impressive performance was given by Jessica Harper. Her big dark eyes and deep voice make her stand out both as an accomplished actress and singer. Her talent has been unfortunately never used any better than in this movie, which was her first star role, and that's "the hell of it".

As for director Brian de Palma, I have not seen many of his films outside of this one, so I'm not too sure, but it looks like "Phantom" really has a place apart in his career. For instance, "Carrie", which got more attention, appeared very disappointing to me in comparison, much more like a B-grade horror flick. Mr de Palma certainly seems to have a fascination for blood, and "Phantom" has of course its fair share of it. Contracts are even signed with blood instead of ink...

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (137 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Phantom sexy? ohmy_______
Please suggest other similar movies! StrayFeral
Recap of the 40th anniversary screening in LA mfrushmore
When and where did you first see this fun flick? oldshawfan
Phantom making the upgrade to 1080p Blu-ray in Dec! Swampthing
A clip of this movie in a documentary? zyggums
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Phantom of the Opera Dreamgirls Across the Universe I'm Not There. Deep Red
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Comedy section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.