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Gerry O'Hara (based upon the screenplay by)
Gaston Leroux (novel)
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Release Date:
4 November 1989 (USA) See more »
The final curtain is about to drop. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Dwight H. Little 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gaston Leroux  novel
Gerry O'Hara  based upon the screenplay by
Duke Sandefur  screenplay

Produced by
Eliezer Ben-Chorin .... associate producer
Deborah Del Prete .... line producer
Menahem Golan .... executive producer
Menahem Golan .... producer
Gigi Pritzker .... line producer
Harry Alan Towers .... producer
Original Music by
Misha Segal 
Cinematography by
Peter Lyons Collister 
Elemér Ragályi  (as Elemer Regalyi)
Film Editing by
Charles Bornstein 
Art Direction by
Tivadar Bertalan 
Costume Design by
John Bloomfield 
Makeup Department
John Carl Buechler .... additional prosthetic makeup effects supervisor: Magical Media Industries Inc.
Everett Burrell .... makeup effects crew
Michael Deak .... location makeup effects: Magical Media Industries Inc.
John Foster .... production manager: Magical Media Industries Inc.
Ron Pipes .... makeup effects crew
Sean Rodgers .... makeup effects crew
Josephine Turner .... wig maker: Magical Media Industries Inc.
John Vulich .... location makeup effects: Magical Media Industries Inc.
John Vulich .... special makeup effects
Kevin Yagher .... special makeup effects
Mark C. Yagher .... makeup effects crew
Production Management
Marc S. Fischer .... unit production manager
Omneya 'Nini' Mazen .... post-production supervisor
Helena Toth .... production supervisor
Joseph Vittorie .... production supervisor: 21st Century Film Corporation (as Joseph N. Vittotrie Jr.)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michal Engel .... key second assistant director
Avner Orshalimy .... first assistant director (as Avener Orshalimi)
Péter Rácz .... additional second assistant director
Art Department
Zoltán Horváth .... set dresser
Sound Department
Ed Callahan .... sound effects editor
Jeff Clark .... sound engineer
Cyril Collick .... sound recordist
Patrick Cyccone Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Joe Dorn .... adr editor
Csaba Erös .... boom operator
Arnold Finkelstein .... sound effects recordist
Tommy Goodwin .... adr mixer
Tommy Goodwin .... foley mixer
Martin Maryska .... sound designer
Frank A. Montaño .... sound re-recording mixer
John Morris .... supervising sound editor
Doug Parry .... sound re-recording mixer
Dorielle Rogers .... sound recordist
Steven J. Rogers .... production sound mixer
Dean St. John .... adr recordist
Dean St. John .... foley recordist
Hamilton Sterling .... sound effects editor
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
Jay Wilkinson .... sound editor
Ray Quintana .... commentary re-recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Michael Deak .... on-set effects supervisor
Zoltán Gulyás Kiss .... stunts
László Imre .... stunt performer
György Kivés .... stunt double: The Phantom (as Gyorgy Kives)
Ferenc Novinecz .... stunts
Tamás Pintér .... stunt coordinator (as Tamas Pinter)
Gábor Piroch .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Csaba Bankhardt .... grip
David E. Elkins .... first assistant camera: additional camera
Egon Endrényi .... still photographer
Géza Gonda .... first assistant camera
Jorge Lovitz .... camera operator
Andrea Martin .... gaffer
Andrea Martin .... key grip electrician
Imre Sisa .... key and dolly grip
András Váradi .... assistant camera
Casting Department
Julie Hughes .... casting: USA and New York
Nancy Lara-Hansch .... casting consultant
Maggi Sangwin .... casting: United Kingdom and London
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anne Bloomfield .... assistant costume supervisor
Imre Béres .... tailor
Andrea Friebert .... dresser
Gabor Szabo .... costumer
Editorial Department
Gerard Jakubowicz .... assistant editor
Music Department
William Ashford .... director of music: 21st Century Film Corporation
Virginia S. Ellsworth .... music editor
Harriet Schock .... song lyrics
Misha Segal .... conductor
Eric Tomlinson .... music editor: Budapest
Other crew
Mellanie Bradfield .... script supervisor
John Carl Buechler .... additional prosthetic effects
Earl Ellis .... laboratory technician
Matt Falls .... laboratory technician
Anita Hope .... production coordinator: USA
Vera Loosz .... production accountant
Andras Miko .... opera director
Nobuko Oganesoff .... location manager

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Phantom of the Opera: The Motion Picture" - USA (alternative title)
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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) (Reclassified 2004) | Finland:K-16 (cut) | Finland:K-15 (uncut) | France:12 | Netherlands:16 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | UK:18 | UK:15 (re-rating) (2014) | USA:R | West Germany:18
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Hawkins:Do you believe in God, Mr. Dutton?
Hawkins:Good. Because it's going to take a leap of faith for you to understand what I'm about to tell you. The Phantom is real. It has a name. Erik Destler.
Richard:But that's just a story.
Hawkins:I know the legend as well as you. He sold his soul to the devil so the world would love him for his talent. The devil had a price. He mutilated his face so terribly, that no one could stand to love him ever again.
Richard:And it's said the only way to kill the Phantom is to destroy his music.
Hawkins:I don't believe in phantoms or legends, Mr. Dutton, but I do believe in facts. And the fact is, this man - -this creature - -is still alive. Still alive and living under your opera.
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Movie Connections:
Version of The Phantom of the Opera (1998)See more »
Don Juan TriumphantSee more »


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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
A Total Guilty Pleasure, 3 January 2006
Author: Neko_Allenby from New York

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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