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The Phantom of the Opera (1989) Poster

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A sequel, entitled "The Phantom of the Opera 2: Terror in Manhattan", was planned but never made. According to a 1991 article in Fangoria Magazine, the screenplay was re-written for Dance Macabre (1992), also starring Robert Englund.
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During a scene with fire, hot wax fell on Jill Schoelen and burned her arm and shoulder. Despite this incident, director Dwight H. Little could convince Schoelen to do two more takes in the fire.
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Was supposed to be rated X by the MPAA due to several scenes of graphic violence, but eventually got an R after the filmmakers edited it down heavily.
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The Italian trailer contains a scene not included in any version of the movie, showing a picture of Harrison's crushed face in a newspaper.
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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.
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The disclaimer at the end of the credits reads: "This Motion Picture is not associated with any current or prior stage play or motion picture of the same title."
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In 2007, the number of film adaptations of Gaston Leroux's novels amounts to 40, including short films, cartoons and TV films.
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Was originally set to be released through Cannon Films and to be directed by John Hough, but the film was passed on to Menahem Golan's then-newly started studio 21st Century Film Corporation, after Cannon filed for bankruptcy. Hough was replaced by Dwight H. Little.
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Molly Shannon's film debut.
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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.
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