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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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Storyline

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 | Romance

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3 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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Producer Menahem Golan reportedly sunk so much money into the release of the film - with prints and advertising - that when the picture bombed, he had no more funds to release any future 21st Century Film Corp productions and had to sign various US distribution deals to get them out. 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

Erik Destler: Only love and music are forever.
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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 The Phantom of the Opera (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Very Strange and Interesting Film
13 May 2006 | by (Sleesburg, VA.) – See all my reviews

This version of the Phantom of the Opera is by far one of the stranger films in its genre. Mixing elements of 80 slasher and old time horror this movie works on many levels and fails on a few. Now, everyone knows the story of the Phantom of the Opera, Right? Well, this story is basically the same except for a few differences. For one, a late 80's version of Christine is trying out for the lead role in an opera. During her addition, she is hit over the head and knocked out. When she awakens, she is back in time in late 1800's London. She seems to have no recollection of even going into the past. The rest of the story is traditional Phantom except for name changes and how disturbed this Phantom is and his origin. I really have to hand it to Robert England as the Phantom or Eric. This is by far one of the best roles I have ever seen him in. And the make-up job for him is astonishing. The fact that this Phantom makes a mask out of human flesh is actually quite creepy. And physically, he makes his character of Freddy look like a silly mess.

Now, for fans of the musical and the original versions of the movie, I don't know if you would really like this version. But, for fans of 80's slasher mixed with some atmosphere, a good soundtrack, and good acting, I would have to recommend this. I give it an 8/10.


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