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The Phantom of the Opera (1983)

The Budapest Opera House's diva commits suicide after the owner ruins her career for having rejected his advances but her conductor-husband, believed killed in a fire, plans his revenge on all those he deems responsible for her suicide.

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Sándor Korvin / The Phantom of the Opera
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Maria Gianelli / Elena Korvin
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Michael Hartnell
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Baron Hunyadi
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Philip Stone ...
Kraus
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Inspector
Andras Miko ...
Balas
Gellért Raksányi ...
Lajos
László Németh ...
Tony
Jenö Kis ...
Fodor
László Soós ...
Willi
Dénes Ujlaky ...
Footman of Hunyadi
Teréz Bod ...
1st Cleaning Lady
Ágnes Dávid ...
2nd Cleaning Lady

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Sándor Korvin, the conductor of the Budapest Opera House tutors his wife Elena as Marguerite in FAUST. She drowns herself after a bad review rigged by the sinister Baron Hunyadi, whose affections she spurned. When confronting Kraus, the critic, Korvin gets into a fight and a fire is started. Korvin kills the critic, only to have his face burned beyond recognition with acid that falls from a shelf above. He is saved from the inferno by a rat catcher, who takes him to a lair underneath the opera. Five years later, he becomes The Phantom of the Opera, a masked figure who causes havoc among the cast. Korvin spots Maria Gianelli, a chorus girl who bears a remarkable resemblance to his dead wife. He tutors her by day, while Maria's love interest, however, is with Hartnell, who has taken over as director of FAUST. Korvin then executes his plan to exact revenge on the Baron and terrorize those who stand in the way of Maria's triumph. Written by J. Theakston

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29 January 1983 (USA)  »

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Shot on location in Budapest, Hungary. The opera house is actually the József Katona Theatre in Kecskemét. The Phantom's lair was shot in storage facilities underneath a brewery. See more »

Connections

Version of The Phantom of the Opera (1990) See more »

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Middling, muddled
4 January 2005 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

I wonder why so typically French a story was transferred to Budapest. In the novel, the opera house is as much a star of the story as the characters. It makes no sense to shift the story.

The acting is OK at best and often quite silly. Overall this is a rather cheezy and lame attempt at the story, with the usual attempts to rewrite and revise the story.

I often wish that someone would attempt a version that is truer to the original book, even though it was penny-dreadful claptrap. All too often they try to make the Phantom so sympathetic that they lose sight of his psychopathic side. However, in the original novel Christine is such a stupid drip that she does get quite annoying.


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