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João Pedro Rodrigues
Four hundred years ago, a young boy witnessed his father's death during an attack on their ship by the bloodthirsty Sengh Brotherhood. He was washed ashore on Bengalla Island where he swore to devote his life to bring down piracy, greed, cruelty and injustice. He became The Phantom, a masked avenger whose role was passed down for father to son, leading people to believe in an immortal figure called "The Ghost Who Walks". The 21st successor to the role of Bengalla's resident superhero must travel to New York City to prevent a power-hungry businessman from obtaining three magic skulls that would give him the secret to ultimate power. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Loosely based on Lee Falk's first stories from The Phantom comic strip, "The Singh Brotherhood" and "The Sky Band". Screenwriter Jeffrey Boam added the elements of bad guy Xander Drax and his search for a weapon of doom. See more »
When the Phantom climbed through the elevator shaft as the elevator was descending upon him, he clearly went through on his stomach and then his legs.
Then, from the other side he appears that he was on his back and then rolled upward to stand up. The positioning changed as he went through the shaft and is not consistent. See more »
This skull is one of three. When all three skulls are united, they will produce a force more powerful than any army on earth.
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Having grown up with Lee Falk's "The Phantom" in the Sunday comic strip - I found this to be a very enjoyable action movie - - and much superior to the 1943 Tom Tyler version.
I totally agree with a previous comment - that had this movie been released ten years earlier - during the Indiana Jones years - it would have fared much better at the box office.
The action sequences were second to none - but were diluted by an attempt to introduce too many "story lines" into the plot. Perhaps this was an attempt to appeal to too wide of an audience - in which case it suffered the fate of appealing to too few. Perhaps one story line of the phantom vs the Sengh brotherhood would have fared better.
The actors/actresses were not at fault in that the acting was excellent. However the appearance of weak acting - was in my opinion - due to the film not being able to carry the momentum of the action and suspense of the opening scenes - and as stated - having too many story lines to present a smooth continuum of action and suspense.
All-in-all an excellent light hearted action film.
Congratulations to the producers who created a worthy big screen version of Lee Falk's "The Ghost Who Walks" - and Billy Zane who breathed life into the character.
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