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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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$3,953,745 (USA)
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Trivia

The first version not to feature a falling chandelier. The chandelier scene was originally written in the first script by Gerry O'Hara. One of the reasons why this is the only Phantom film not to include that classic scene, is because Menahem Golan, CEO of 21st Century Films, who at the time had just resigned from Cannon Films in 1988 after that company's collapse, didn't have enough money to pay for an expensive chandelier to fall and then to redo the scene take after take. Duke Sandefur then was hired to rewrite the script without the scene. See more »

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When Christine visits her father's grave, we see several close-ups of the black wrought iron gate surrounding the cemetery. In these close-ups, you can plainly see that the wrought iron is actually wood that has been spray painted black. See more »

Quotes

[the phantom meets Harrison, the opera critic in a steam room]
Erik Destler: Could it be that I saw you at the opera last night?
Harrison: It's possible, I am the opera critic of the Gazette.
Erik Destler: Indeed, I found your account of Christine Day's performance, some what troubling. Could it be that we saw different shows?
Harrison: Ah Ms. Day, I was sorry for her, embarrassed really, the role was beyond her!
Erik Destler: Then perhaps you weren't afforded a seat befitting your status and your knowledge of the arts. The acoustics are somewhat ...
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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 Phantom of the Opera (1943) See more »

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Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Available on CDs and Cassettes
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My favorite book, is now my favorite movie.
2 November 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Phantom of the Opera has long been my favorite book, but I have never liked any of the movies--they always portrayed Erik, as a small, weak, mooning, lovesick writer. The real Erik was nearly 7 feet tall, and a strong, bad tempered, and very violent man--a serial killer not unlike his contemporary: Jack the Ripper. The great horror classic novel was written by Gaston Leroux, a reporter, and was based on an actual event that he had been called on to investigate.

I've seen every Phantom movie and am always deeply disappointed because none of them bear even a most remote hint of the book--until now. This version staring Robert Englund, while it has some inaccuracies, is the most faithful rendition of the book ever made. It captures Erik's violent, darker side as well as his vengeful temper.

Few people know that the real Erik was a "giant" born with a deformed face, abandoned by his parents who sold him as a slave to a circus when still a small child, and was shunned by society as an adult. His deep rooted hatred for the human race went to the extent that he took a job as a carpenter for the new Paris Opera House, and built the famous mazes and tunnels below it's basement, where he lived his entire life, seeking revenge on the world, by capturing actors, singers, and spectators, and than locking them for weeks on end in a torture chamber below the Opera House. As an old man, Erik's body was found shortly after the disappearance of the real Christine Daee'. Gaston Lerox was the newspaper reporter called in to write the newspaper reports on the death of the Opera Ghost and the missing girl; his research into Erik's life resulted in one of the greatest horror classics ever written. And now FINALLY a movie has been made that reaches into the very horror of the real life Erik and his murderous obsession with Miss Daee'. This is the most accurate Phantom of the Opera movie ever made. I love this movie so much I went out and bought 2 copies of it.


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