The Phantom of the Opera (1989)

R  |   |  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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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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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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Molly Shannon's film debut. See more »


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 »


[as he burns Erik's face with a magic touch]
The Devil: People will love you for your music. But that is all that they will love you for.
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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 »


Version of The Phantom of the Opera (1988) See more »


Lyrics on "Don Juan" by Harriet Schock
Featured vocalist for Jill Schoelen: Nancy Fontana
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Fairly good, in this Phanatic's humble opinion
17 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, I am indeed one of those "Phanatics" as they're called (though I'm almost starting to think we have a bad reputation...), and I personally would like to say that I found this movie rather enjoyable. I think it could have done without the modern sequences altogether and stayed in the one time period, and yes, a few scenes are a bit cheesy or cheap. But believe it or not, I think that Robert Englund did a fairly good job. My favorite Phantom will always be Michael Crawford, but when one compares Englund to Gerard Butler's Phantom (even using Crawford as the standard), he practically blows that little pansy-ass out of the water. It's refreshing to see an old, decrepit Phantom again, with more subdued, majestic style than Butler's gaudy, emo character. Also, this time the Phantom isn't scared to spill some blood, restoring some respectable fear for Erik that the 2004 version kills. Englund's voice--at least when he isn't screaming--seems surprisingly perfect for the part, and all film critics alike will see that he can indeed act, but has merely been restrained by his previous Freddy typecasting. All in all, I'd say this film makes an excellent counter-balance to the 2004 film, and both those who like like Chaney's Phantom and Crawford Phanatics alike will definitely enjoy it.

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