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The Phantom (1996)

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

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$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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AUD 4,601,218 (Australia) (1 November 1996)
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The "Palmer mansion" set is actually the real-life "Playboy" mansion owned by Hugh M. Hefner. See more »

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At the end, when the plane is flying away, the blades of the helicopter filming the plane are visible at the top of the screen. See more »

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Xander Drax: God is dead, and chaos rules the earth. America is in financial ruin. Europe and Asia are on the brink of self-annihilation. Chaos reigns. But like I've always said, there is opportunity in chaos.
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Comic Book Heroes
13 January 2002 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

There's always a danger in bringing comic book heroes to the screen in that most are pretty bad. Some are satisfying, e.g., the Batman and Superman films come to mind. But, the Phantom was essentially a strip comic by Lee Falk that I used to read as a kid and which had been around long before me (I'll be 65 this year). I remember seeing the serial at the Saturday morning matinees and loved the comic strip. Time passes and the Phantom faded and then, in 1993, I went to Somalia as a consultant during the UNITAF occupation and was billeted with the Aussies. To my amazement, I discovered the Phantom was not only alive and well Down Under, but there were active comic books cults, conventions and the like there as well. So, no wonder the film enjoyed a revival of a defunct strip but, alas, there is much to be desired in the effort and the final product is almost a parody of the original. My wife and I saw it for a bargain matinee and I enjoyed it. However, I suffer few illusions that it could not have been done better. It was a romp and maybe, as one reviewer noted, Catherine Zeta-Jones was worth the price of admission. Well, for my part, I liked young Billy Zane's Phantom with the sheepish grin, Treat Williams's sardonic evil smile and Christy Swanson's Diana, a pleasant departure from her Vampire staking role as Buffy. It was also good to see Patrick McGoohan, former Secret Agent Man as the Phantom's predecessor. I think this film is worth the price of a rental for a rainy afternoon.


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