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The Phantom (1996)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  7 June 1996 (USA)
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The Phantom, descendent of a line of African heroes, travels to New York to thwart a criminal genius.

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The 21st successor to the role of Bengalla's resident superhero must travel to New York to prevent a rich madman from obtaining three magic skulls that would give him the secret to ultimate power. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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The ghost who walks. The man who cannot die. See more »


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Rated PG for action/adventure violence and some mild language | See all certifications »

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$45,000,000 (estimated)

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$197,603 (USA) (19 July 1996)

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AUD 4,601,218 (Australia) (1 November 1996)
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Billy Zane pumped iron for over a year to fill The Phantom's costume. A Batman-like costume with fake muscles was reportedly made, but by the time filming started, Zane was so beefed up that he did not need it. See more »

Goofs

The Martin M-130 "Clipper" aircraft depicted in the movie never existed. Only 3 were built, all flew for Pan American, and were named "Hawaii Clipper", "China Clipper", and "Philippine Clipper". The aircraft in the movie is named "Orient Clipper". None of the 3 M-130s survived WW II. See more »

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Sala: The Phantom helped Diana to escape. I think he's in love with her.
Xander Drax: Oh really? This is getting more interesting by the minute. Why do you say that?
Sala: Because he could have had me... but he picked her. That could only be love.
Xander Drax: Or simply bad judgment.
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A pleasant surprise
18 March 2005 | by (Miami, Fl.) – See all my reviews

This 100-minute nugget of superhero charm was a lot more fun than I had expected. I subscribe to Netflix, the mail-in rental service, so I had forgotten which movie I had coming next. I groaned slightly when I saw The Phantom was it.

I started watching, feeling that I was going to be in for a dud. About a week ago, I rented The Rocketeer---a mildly entertaining movie with some good moments, but didn't really add up to a DVD purchase or repeat viewings. I thought I was in for more of the same, but alas.

The Phantom had all the charm, action and humor missing from Rocketeer.

I particularly enjoyed the two leads. Billy Zane delivered the one-liners with aplomb. He has the swagger, voice, demeanor and charm to carry the role successfully. He transcends a rather mundane superhero outfit. Treat Williams gave an amusing turn as the villainous Xander Drax, ("Starts and ends with X.") Not the typically evil superhero nemesis, he's more of a lighthearted villain in the "Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor" mold, but his line delivery is spot on.

The movie definitely comes alive with the characterizations, a feel of a time and place early in the 20th century, and always on the move, but not too much in a hurry to make you enjoy these characters. I rather liked the idea of a superhero with a pet horse and wolf.

I'm not sure I've seen a recent superhero film that strikes a perfect balance of action, humor, sets and characters. Enough humor to keep me smiling throughout, but mildly serious enough to engage me for the duration.

Definitely worth a look for those who haven't seen it, and a future addition to my DVD collection.


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