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Director:
Writer:
Brian De Palma (written by)
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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 »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Belongs in The Unnamable Top-Ten List with "This is Spinal Tap" See more (140 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 
Geno Havens  (as 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)
 
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Runtime:
92 min
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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:
Gerrit Graham's singing voice was dubbed by Ray Kennedy.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Winslow/The Phantom picks up the video entitled "Contract of Agreement". He takes out the tape and drops the box on the floor. Then when we see all live feed screens, you can see the box back on the shelf where it originally was.See more »
Quotes:
Beef:Oh, I knew I shouldn't be screwing around with the dead man's music. This place is possessed.
Arnold Philbin:What are you talking about?
Beef:You trying to tell me you didn't hear that shriek? That was something trying to get out of its premature grave, and I don't want to be here when it does.
Arnold Philbin:Opening night prima donnas. Look, iron man. If you so uptight, take a shower and cool off.
Beef:My pleasure... bones.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Monster Mania (1997) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
FaustSee more »

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37 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Belongs in The Unnamable Top-Ten List with "This is Spinal Tap", 19 November 2005
Author: Dave_Violence from New York City

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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