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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 <>

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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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2.35 : 1
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Joe Dante was originally slated to direct, but left due to other commitments. Before this, Joel Schumacher was considered for the directing job. See more »


During the chase scene between the Phantom (on a horse) and two Police officers on motorcycles, when the bullets fired from the officers' pistols hit the nearby trees, they produce sparks. See more »


Xander Drax: All right, what's your name? Why do you want that skull so badly?
The Phantom: Kit Walker.
Xander Drax: Huh, and who is Kit Walker?
The Phantom: I am.
Xander Drax: And what about the skull?
The Phantom: It'd go well with my drapes.
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A Wonderful Pulp Adventure
2 June 1999 | by (Cincinnati, OH.) – See all my reviews

Though taken, almost literally, from the comic strip, this wonderful film comes across more as a pulp magazine adventure, a delightful period piece with a noble hero, spunky heroine, great primary and secondary villains, and some breathtaking stunts and location shots. Treat Williams makes a marvelous villain, and James Remar, an underrated actor, plays his henchman, an Indiana Jones gone wrong. Catherine Zeta-Jones is the villainess, and Billy Zane seems to have been born to play The Phantom. Nice cameos by Patrick McGoohan and a New York cabbie. I said it once, but it's worth repeating: fabulous stunts. Well directed, well paced, a triumph of adventure film-making.

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