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The Phantom (1996)

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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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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7 June 1996 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

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 »

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The float plane used to take Drax from New York City to the Devils Vortex (somewhere off the Malay Peninsula) is a Beechcraft Model 18. The range of this aircraft is 1200 miles. The plane could not fly the approximately 10,000 miles without stopping to refuel at which point the Phantom would most likely have been seen hanging onto the float by someone. Even if the plane could have made the full flight non-stop, with its top speed of 225 MPH, the Phantom would have had to hang on to the pontoon spar for nearly 2 days. See more »

Quotes

Ray Zephro: [to Drax] Hey, the only power I believe in comes out of the barrel of a gun. Not from some jungle souvenirs!
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The best superhero movie made to date.
11 December 2000 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

If you go to a superhero movie and you have problems with guys wearing tight spandex, then you'd better just close your eyes. Superheroes wear tight clothes...get over it. I think one of the best parts of this film is that they make very little reference to it. The Henson Creature Shop did an excellent job re-creating the look of the classic Phantom character while giving it just a bit more style. As for the characters, they were light and enjoyable. They don't need to be "deep" or meaningful..they need to be comic characters and they succeeded admirably. The plot was simple, but engaging and the villains were perfect, no good, evil comic book baddies. This is a great movie to give you the feel for what the real old adventure serials were about.


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