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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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Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

AUD 4,601,218 (Australia) (1 November 1996)
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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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Black cables can be seen attached to the Phantom's belt when he slides down the elevator cable and grabs hold of the floor. See more »

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Drax: My name is Xander Drax.
Kabai Sengh: What?
Drax: X-A-N-D-E-R D-R-A-X. Xander Drax. Begins and ends with the letter X.
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Great action movie.
9 July 2003 | by (Arizona) – See all my reviews

Having grown up with Lee Falk's "The Phantom" in the Sunday comic strip - I found this to be a very enjoyable action movie - - and much superior to the 1943 Tom Tyler version.

I totally agree with a previous comment - that had this movie been released ten years earlier - during the Indiana Jones years - it would have fared much better at the box office.

The action sequences were second to none - but were diluted by an attempt to introduce too many "story lines" into the plot. Perhaps this was an attempt to appeal to too wide of an audience - in which case it suffered the fate of appealing to too few. Perhaps one story line of the phantom vs the Sengh brotherhood would have fared better.

The actors/actresses were not at fault in that the acting was excellent. However the appearance of weak acting - was in my opinion - due to the film not being able to carry the momentum of the action and suspense of the opening scenes - and as stated - having too many story lines to present a smooth continuum of action and suspense.

All-in-all an excellent light hearted action film.

Congratulations to the producers who created a worthy big screen version of Lee Falk's "The Ghost Who Walks" - and Billy Zane who breathed life into the character.


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