In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.
The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, AKA Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical.
Helena Bonham Carter,
Count de Chagnie has discovered Christine's singing talent on a market place and sent her to his friend Carriere, the director of the Parisian opera. However just when she arrives ... See full summary »
A mysterious ghost of the opera has fallen in love with the high spirited soprano singer of the opera house, Christine. She seems to be interested in "The Angel of Music", while at the same time she is in love with Raoul, the Vicomte De Chagny. The ghost will do anything to keep Christine's love for her, whether it's, sabotaging the opera house, or killing man.
Even though the movie takes place in Paris, almost none of the characters talk in a French accent. See more »
In the "Point of no Return" scene, when Christine sings "...No dreams within her heart but dreams of love." She has one hand on the basket of flowers. When the camera goes for a wide shot, both hands are holding on to the basket. See more »
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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I have had the good fortune to have seen the stage production 3 times (twice at the Alhambra in Bradford and again 2 months ago at Her majesty's theatre in London) and would rate it as the best experience I have ever had in the theatre. So along comes this movie and I was not sure what to expect, before going I said to friends that if it was half as good as the stage show then it would be marvelous, well it exceeded that - I would rate it at about 80% myself.
My wife and I saw the movie last night and were enthralled all the way through, the costumes and scenery were superb, and we both thought the performances were excellent. My only minor detraction was with Gerard Butler, I just had this gut feeling that his voice just didn't quite have the power to portray the Phantom to the full extent; but what do I know? I have no knowledge or training or background in theatre or singing, as I said it was just a feeling that I had myself.
I would recommend this movie to anyone who may enjoy musicals - if you don't, then I rather think you would hate it (but then you are unlikely to be reading this are you?)
All in all a wonderful night at the cinema, which I shall be repeating, and I will be buying the DVD when it comes out.
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