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Director:
Writers:
Gerry O'Hara (based upon the screenplay by)
Gaston Leroux (novel)
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Release Date:
4 November 1989 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The final curtain is about to drop. See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
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A dark, unique take on a classic tale a good horror movie See more (83 total) »

Cast

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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
 
Stunts
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
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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Runtime:
93 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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
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Trivia:
Originally wanted to be rated X by the MPAA due to several scenes of graphic violence, after this happened the film was edited down very heavily and was re rated R.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Christine:Are you going to kill me now, too?
Erik Destler:Everyone dies... I only choose the time and place for a few.
Christine:When do you choose for me?
Erik Destler:[sitting at organ] This is either a wedding march or a funeral mass. You decide which.
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Movie Connections:
References The Shining (1980)See more »

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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A dark, unique take on a classic tale a good horror movie, 2 September 2006
Author: jweinste-2 from United States

Being a great fan of the story, I have seen most film versions of Phantom of the Opera I'm aware of and this is truly one of my absolute favorites.

If you're interested in this movie because you're in love with ALW's musical and you just want more Phantom, approach this movie with caution. If you're madly in love with every detail of the novel and want to cry every time you think of anything not in the novel, approach this movie with caution. While it remains the same tale of a disfigured man desperately doing what he can to spend his life with the woman he loves in a world that won't except him, it seems people are often put off by the fact that this film takes greater artistic liberties in telling the story than others, but I think that's what should be appreciated about this movie. I am unaware of any takes on The Phantom like this one and feel it is worthwhile for that reason alone if you are interested seeing a variation on the story.

This is the story of a much more brutal Phantom reaching out to a great singer who otherwise wouldn't be given a chance in a much more brutal setting. While it is indeed a horror movie, it's a unique one, featuring creative death scenes and an interesting story. It can be enjoyed as a good horror movie and an enjoyable different Phantom story.

Robert Englund's committed portrayal of a man devoted to the beauty of music and love of a woman is greatly admirable. While I'm sure many will jump to disagree, I feel his performance in this film, while different, is far more believable and powerful than Gerard Butler's (2004) performance. As the Phantom, he is intimidating and passionate.

The real star of this movie is its oh-so-underrated score. So often is the music of a Phantom film not brought to the forefront enough. One of the great things about this movie that set it aside from other films based on the same story is that it is as much about Christine's love for The Phantom's music as it is about his love for her. In a film where the score plays such an important role, Misha Segal does a brilliant job, keeping the audience in suspense, making them cringe in horror, giving a haunting, addictive voice to The Phantom's desperate longing and giving Christine good reason to show interest in a man so ugly.

See it for the story, see it for the music. Enjoy.

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