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The Phantom (1996)

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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)


$17,300,889 (USA) (30 August 1996)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Skull is a dominate symbol in The Phantom's life. He lives in the Skull Cave, he wears the Skull Ring, and in the movie, he was trying to find three Skulls. If you look closely at his costume, you will even see a skull design on it. See more »


Obvious stunt double just before Diana jumps off the sea plane, her hair style, color and face are different See more »


Phantom's Dad: [the Phantom is conversing with his father's ghost] So, tell him to step on it.
The Phantom: Can you go any faster?
Al the Cabby: You talking to me now?
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Referenced in The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002) See more »

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Harmless Old-Fashioned Comic Book Adventure
2 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An old-fashioned adventure yarn is the best description of this modern-day comic book-hero-come to life-story. This almost like one of those early Tim Burton directed-Batman type adventures without all the darkness. The language is mild (as it should be in these type of films), the special-effects are decent and the sound is good. Best of all is the scenery, some beautiful landscapes filmed in Thailand and Australia.

Instead of the city being where our comic book hero performs his heroics, this is out in the jungle, more like an Indiana Jones-type story. It's fast-moving, it's hokey, it's unrealistic but its generally fun to watch. Even the villain ("Xander Drax" played by Treat Williams) isn't really all nasty.

The Phantom (Billy Zane) has the normal off-and-on corny romance situation with feminist-journalist (does Hollywood know any other kind?) "Diana Palmer" (Kristy Swanson) and the film gives you an entertaining 100 minutes. It's no award-winner but at least it's something you watch with your kids.

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Only a 4.9 out of 10? This movie was awesome. bicentennialmanforever
it's been years but i distinctly remember this movie sucking...... oSEANoMALECo
Wrong color, showing eyes and other stupid things. Norsewerewolf
Bruce Campbell would have been a better Phantom patfreakinjones
I Loved this fim. tlr87
I liked the movie, but. . . . L_Forster
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