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The Phantom of the Opera (1989)

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 who oppose himself or the young singer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephanie Lawrence ...
Terence Harvey ...
Nathan Lewis ...
Peter Clapham ...
Meg (New York)
Emma Rawson ...
Meg (London)
Yehuda Efroni ...
Ray Jewers ...
Robin Hunter ...


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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Release Date:

3 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Phantom of the Opera: The Motion Picture  »

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$3,953,745 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


A sequel, entitled "The Phantom of the Opera 2: Terror in Manhattan", was planned but never made. According to a 1991 article in Fangoria Magazine, the screenplay was re-written for Dance Macabre (1992), also starring Robert Englund. See more »


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 »


Erik Destler: Your father has sent me. I am your angel. All of your lessons have led to this moment. We will make music that the world will love forever. Take the last step to me. To your destiny. To immortality.
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Crazy Credits

This Motion Picture is not associated with any current or prior stage play or motion picture of the same title. See more »


Version of Erik: Portrait of a Living Corpse (2010) See more »


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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Good Phantom movie and Great Horror film!
7 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

I am a huge horror movie fan and also a big Phantom of the Opera fan. I remember this film when it came out in 1989 but did not get the chance to see it until years later. I love the 1943 version and also love this one as well. Robert Englund proves in this film that he is a great actor and has moved far beyond his Freddy Kreuger days. This film is also very haunting as a horror film where the 1943 re-make is more of a drama/horror film. Robert is also very haunting as Erik Desller / The Phantom. Tha main thing i loved about this film is the dark and frightening atmosphere that it set out for the viewers. well the rank this film from 1-10 i give it a 8 for sure... Great film for both Horror movie fans and Phantom of the Opera fans.

Highly recomended!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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