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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:
A Super-Cult of My Generation See more (139 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)
 
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Runtime:
92 min
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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:
On Phoenix's mirror after the concert in which she becomes a star is a magazine ad with the headline "I'm a Harper's Freak". Phoenix was played by Jessica Harper.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:
The Phantom:"All art..."
[Swan has moved to the other side of the Phantom]
The Phantom:"All articles which have been excluded shall be deemed included." What does that mean?
Swan:That's a clause to protect you, Winslow. Anyway, what difference does it make? What choice do you have?
The Phantom:[after reading the contract] I'll rewrite my cantata. But you best play what I write.
[Swan pokes the Phantom's finger with his pen, drawing blood]
Swan:Ink isn't worth anything to me, Winslow. Now sign.
[the Phantom signs his real name]
Swan:Excellent.
[Swan draws his own blood and uses a rubber stamp to sign his own name]
[...]
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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A Super-Cult of My Generation, 5 January 2008
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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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