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The Phantom of the Opera (1989)

 -  Drama | Horror | Music  -  4 November 1989 (USA)
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A darker version of the classic Gaston Leroux novel. A young soprano becomes the obsession of a horribly disfigured composer who has plans for those oppose himself or the young singer.

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In New York, the Julliard student Christine Day meets her friend Meg in the library where she works and she shows a piece of music from the unknown author Erik Destler that she has found on the shelf. Christine decides to use the music in her audition on the next day for a part in a Faust version in the New York Opera. During the audition, there is an accident on the stage and Christina faints. She relives her past life in the Nineteenth Century in London, when she is an aspirant opera singer and becomes the protégée of The Phantom of the London Opera House. The Phantom is the unknown composer Erik Destler that makes a pact with the devil in order to the world would love his music. In return, the devil destroys his face and tells that he would never be loved by anyone and would be disfigured forever. After a tragic ending, Christine awakes in the present days and has a great surprise when she is introduced to the producer of the opera. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | Horror | Music

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4 November 1989 (USA)  »

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Phantom of the Opera: The Motion Picture  »

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$3,953,745 (USA)
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Trivia

During a scene with fire, hot wax fell on Jill Schoelen and burned her arm and shoulder. After this, Dwight H. Little convinced Jill Schoelen to do two more takes in the fire. See more »

Goofs

When Christine first starts singing to the phantom in front of the fireplace near the beginning, her voice doesn't match her lip movement. See more »

Quotes

Christine: You're him, aren't you?
Erik Destler: Had you expected someone else? Christine, you have always been my inspiration. You. And now, it's only a question of what you want: Love or music.
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This Motion Picture is not associated with any current or prior stage play or motion picture of the same title. See more »

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Version of O Fantasma da Ópera (1991) See more »

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The Jewel Song
taken from "Faust" by Charles Gounod
Produced by Misha Segal
Music Solutions by Gaylon J. Horton
Director of Music for 21st Century: William Ashford
Recorded in Budapest by Eric Tomlinson
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A Total Guilty Pleasure
3 January 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

My friend, a fellow Phantom Phan recommended this to me. I had my doubts when I picked this up but I sat down to watch it at about midnight, Ha! biggest mistake of my life. This was possibly the most disturbing, gory, creepy interpretation of Phantom ever, and you know what? I LOVED it.

This is possibly one of my favorite film versions of this story, giving even Lon Cheney a run for his money. Robert Englund's Erik was insane but brilliant and amazingly witty. He had the most amazing lines ("Love and music are forever").

The story begins in modern day New York City when Christine Day and her friend Meg discover two pages of Don Juan Triumphant in an old archive, written by the mad genius Erik Destler. When Christine sings the piece for her audition, a sand bag falls on her and she passes out and is swept back to her past self and finds herself the object of the obsessive Erik.

An amazing film in it's own right with beautiful music. But remember everyone, you are not sitting down to classic literature, you are sitting down to a gory slasher/horror film. It was a refreshing change from Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical which quite frankly I both hate and love.

I'm a Leroux purist when it comes to Phantom but still this movie is one of my favorites.


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