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The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Musical, Romance  |  22 December 2004 (USA)
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A young soprano becomes the obsession of a disfigured musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opéra House.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Buquet (as Kevin R. McNally)
Imogen Bain ...
Miles Western ...
Carlotta's Wigmaker
Judith Paris ...
Carlotta's Seamstress


Begins when an opera ghost terrorizes the cast and crew of the French Opera House while tutoring a chorus girl. He finally drives the lead soprano crazy so she and her friend leave. The girl is able to sing lead one night but the soprano doesn't want her show stolen so she comes back. The ghost demands they keep giving his protégé lead roles. Meanwhile, His pupil falls in love with the Vicomte de Chagny, but the Phantom is in love with Christine, his student. The Phantom is outraged by their love and kidnaps Christine to be his eternal bride. Will Raoul, the Vicomte, be able to stop this dastardly plan? Written by Niki

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Her voice became his passion. Her love became his obsession. Her refusal became his rage..... See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief violent images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 December 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,219,310 (UK) (10 December 2004)


$51,225,796 (USA) (6 May 2005)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'The Phantom of the Opera' opened at the Majestic Theater on January 26, 1988 and has run for 9125 performances, making this production the longest running show on Broadway (January 2010). Phantom was nominated for ten 1988 Tony Awards, won seven Tony Awards (Best Musical, Best Actor (Michael Crawford), Best Actress (Judy Kaye), Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Direction of a Musical (Harold Prince). See more »


After Raoul swims up to take his breath while trapped under the grate, the iron grid is shown dropping into the water. However, the bubbles travel downwards, showing that the shot was reversed. See more »


[first lines]
Auctioneer: Sold. Your number, sir? Thank you. Lot 663, then, ladies and gentlemen.
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Referenced in The Big Bang Theory: The Hot Troll Deviation (2010) See more »


I Remember/Stranger Than You Dreamt It
Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart, and Richard Stilgoe
Performed by Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum
Produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Nigel Wright, Joel Schumacher, Simon Lee, and Guy de Villiers
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The Phantom has arrived.....
13 December 2004 | by (Bristol) – See all my reviews

I went to see this film with my best friend yesterday and I asked her what she thought of the film and she said "That was the worst film i've ever seen" I turned to her and saw she was blubbing her eyes out(she was being sarcastic).

This film was AMAZING!

It looked gorgeous, the singing for some reason has been slated a lot by critics but I thought the singing was wonderful and everyone should be applauded especially the two leads Emmy Rossum and Gerald Butler they were brilliant.The songs sound as good as ever, there was one thing that really ticked me off with some reviewers they have said "The song are in desperate need in updating" and all I can say to that is "Don't change perfection because its already perfect. The stand out moment for me was the beginning,when the film changed from black and white and went back in time to tell the story,it sent shivers down my spine. I have to say i've never seen the stage show but now i've watched this I don't think I need to

10/10 Go see this film!

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