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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 movie was dubbed into Spanish by the actors and singers from the Madrid stage version. The main roles are played by Juan Carlos Barona (The Phantom), Julia Möller (Christine), Paco Arrojo (Raoul), Yolanda Pérez Segoviano (Mme. Giry), Belén Marcos (Carlotta), Tony Cruz (Firmin), David Venancio Muro (André), Enrique Ferrer (Piangi) and Ana Esther Alborg (Meg Giry). The Spanish lyrics, however, are different from the Madrid version because of the need of lyrics that can be lip-synced with the screen actors. See more »


During the singing of "Don Juan", La Carlotta is heard singing an ending note but you see her smiling and pointing and shoving, not singing at all. See more »


[first lines]
Auctioneer: Sold. Your number, sir? Thank you. Lot 665, ladies and gentlemen: a papier-mâché musical box in the shape of a barrel organ.
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Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »

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User Reviews

A Brilliant adaptation
9 December 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Well pinch me I must be dreaming, Joel Schumacher hs made a masterpiece? I am not dreaming and I can tell you it is true. This is everything a musical movie should be, fantastic songs, amazing sets and wonderful acting.

I have seen the stage show once and enjoyed it a lot, but the movie just blew me away, it was so lavish and gorgeous I was floating in mid air or at least it felt like it. Emmy Rossum steals the show as Christine the beautiful young ingenue, she has the voice of an angel and her gorgeous youthful looks and innocence make for a wonderful performance. Gerard Butler doesn't have an amazing voice, but for what he lacks in singing he makes up for in acting. The supporting cast are great too, especially Minnie Driver who is HILARIOUS as La Carlotta.

I loved this movie but there are bound to be haters who hate webber or schumacher, my advice go in with an open mind and let the images and music captivate you.


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