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The Phantom of the Opera (1998)
"Il fantasma dell'opera" (original title)

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Gory remake of the Gaston Leroux classic story, only this time, the phantom is not disfigured, but a man who was raised by rats deep under the Paris Opera House.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Nadia Rinaldi ...
Carlotta Altieri
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Honorine
István Bubik ...
Ignace, the rat-catcher
Lucia Guzzardi ...
Aldo Massasso ...
Pourdieu
Zoltan Barabas ...
Poligny
Gianni Franco ...
Montluc
David D'Ingeo ...
Alfred
Kitty Kéri ...
Paulette
John Pedeferri ...
Dr. Princard
Leonardo Treviglio ...
Jerome De Chagny
Massimo Sarchielli ...
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Storyline

Standard story of the Phantom does have one major variation - The phantom is not a disfigured individual, but rather is an unwashed orphan abandoned in the sewers under the Paris Opera & raised by rats. The Phantom invokes death upon anyone who dares harm his beloved rats. In fact, The Phantom's nemesis is the chief exterminator who develops a rat-catching machine. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Rumour has it that Dario Argento's original cut of the film ran almost an hour longer and that the version which was finally released, has been heavily re-cut and changed by the producers to assure the film's appeal to wider audiences. See more »

Quotes

Christine Daae: I HATE you, and I HATE this place!
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Lakmé: Air des clochettes
Music by Léo Delibes
Lyrics by Philippe Gille and Edmond Gondinet
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A fun gross out
13 September 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I believe that this version of Phantom of the Opera is one of the most unique ideas I've seen -- and believe me, I've seen a lot. I had to special order this movie just to satisfy my curiosity about it!

Phantom of the Opera - with Julian Sands - is a remarkable movie, despite it's outrageous amount of downfalls such as cheesy script. Yet there are several very good points which I will not get into at the moment. I adore the costumes for this movie - such as the overweight Carlotta's dresses. If a smaller woman were wearing the same style dress, it would look like it belonged on a Goddess...

Yes, Phantom of the Opera has it's major downfalls such as a lousy script, completely needless gore, and even over-dramatized scenes. Yet one of the only reasons I bought this film - other than the fact that it was titled Phantom of the Opera - was because of Julian Sands. It isn't his fault that he got a lousy script for a film that could've been done better.

I recommend that if you have not seen Julian Sands in any of his other films, then watch Warlock, Gothic, or any other number of his films. He is a spectacular actor when given the chance... and cute too!


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