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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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Storyline

Cristine Daae, a young soprano, has a unconventional realtionship with the Phantom of the Opera. Raoul, a childhood friend of Cristine, comes back to win over her heart. As the tension between these three heates up, everyone's fate seems to rest in Cristine's hands. Who will she choose? Her childhood sweetheart? Or her deepest desire?

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The waiting is over...let the fantasy begin. See more »


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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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,219,310 (UK) (10 December 2004)

Gross:

$51,225,796 (USA) (6 May 2005)
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The lot number of the broken chandelier at the auction is 666. See more »

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In the semi-beginning of 'Music of the Night' the Phantom's mouth comes in too late for the words when he saying "Live as you've never lived before." See more »

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References Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Why Have You Brought Me Here?
Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart, and Richard Stilgoe
Performed by Patrick Wilson and Emmy Rossum
Produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Nigel Wright, Joel Schumacher, Simon Lee, and Guy de Villiers
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Superb Film - but stage to screen comparisons inappropriate.
12 December 2004 | by (Lincolnshire, UK) – See all my reviews

I think some other comments here are harsh, especially towards the performance of Emmy Rossum, who I thought made the film. Her performance visually (i.e. expressions etc) is mesmerizing. I'm sure a lot of this is down to Joel Schumacher who successfully steers the film away from just putting the stage show on to film, but has actually created something powerful in its own right, so I believe comparisons of the stage show to film are unreasonable.

My only niggles are technicalities, the Phantom wears a mask which only goes just above his eyebrows in the Ball scene (and shows no deformation) and yet when the normal white mask is removed later the entire left side of his face is deformed. The lip sync hing is often poor, especially in 'Think of Me' which is disappointing, especially in the knowledge that all but Minnie Driver recorded their own singing parts anyway.

The Soundtrack has been given a spring clean and it really benefits from it, removing some of the synthesized feel of the original and giving it much more of an orchestral grandeur.

All in all, this film really took me by surprise. As I said above Stage to Screen comparisons do feel somewhat inappropriate with this film, but I was never that fussed about Phantom before or after seeing it on Broadway. I can safely say that this film has converted me.


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