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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?


It took four hours for Gerard Butler to be fitted with full makeup and prosthetics. See more »


In the final scenes, the position of Raoul's ropes changes between shots. It is easy to notice by comparing his arm's position at the wide angle of the cave (while Christine sings "God give me courage to show you...") to the immediate following shot where she is kissing the Phantom. See more »


[first lines]
Auctioneer: Sold. Your number, sir? Thank you. Lot 663, then, ladies and gentlemen.
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References Beauty and the Beast (1946) 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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User Reviews

Beautiful film
23 November 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I was able to view this at a special screening and was very impressed. It is a visually stunning movie - the costuming and sets are as extravagant and lavish as the music. Gerard Butler gives a particularly anguishing and sympathetic performance as The Phantom. Emmy Rossum is beautiful portraying Christine and her transformation from a young innocent to a woman who is aware of herself, her sexuality, and the world of love. Patrick Wilson is a particularly dashing, heroic and protective Raoul and Minnie Driver provides hilarious comic relief as Carlotta. I particularly enjoyed the film's ability to delve deeper into the lives of characters. It provided depth and context and layers to all of the characters that the stage production cannot do. The entire cast was magnificent and I will be hearing the "music of the night" in my head for the next several days. I would definitely recommend it and can't wait to see it again.

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