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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 superheroes, travels to New York City to thwart a wealthy criminal genius from obtaining three magic skulls which would give him the secret to ultimate power.



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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 <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

7 June 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El fantasma  »

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Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


AUD 4,601,218 (Australia) (1 November 1996)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Billy Zane and Catherine Zeta-Jones starred in two Titanic films: Zane played Caledon Hockley in the blockbuster Titanic (1997), and Zeta-Jones played Isabella Paradine in the miniseries Titanic (1996). See more »


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 »


Drax: There is opportunity in chaos. I give you...
[He holds up a metal skull to show everyone]
Drax: ... the skull of Touganda.
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good old fashioned ripping yarn
16 December 2004 | by (ireland) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie on TV last night and found it great fun.In the best sense of the word.

Old fashioned film making, good guys and bad guys, clearly defined and a good tale, well told. OK there were flaws in there also(mainly the interior set pieces which look like sound stages), but they should be overlooked, as its not a serious film and is not pretending to be anything other than it is. Its a fantasy/adventure film, in the best tradition, the kind they don't make anymore,no special effects, to speak of, but good action, wonderful locations and some good acting, for this genre.

I expect in this day of high tech special effects, it may seem less alluring to the more high tech minded but if your looking for some good old fashioned fun, this is one to watch. Not my favorite film, by any means but worth a look and deserves more than 5 out of 10, I give it 7 and hope somebody enjoys it for what it is, rather than what they feel it should be.

A film for the family to enjoy on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

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