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The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

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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
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


The waiting is over...let the fantasy begin. 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?


Even though in the Andrew Lloyd Webber version the Phantom doesn't have a name, in the original book he's called Erik. See more »


When Christine lights a candle for her father in the chapel after "Think of Me", she lights her match from another candle. However, when the shot switches to over her shoulder, the candle she lit is the only one burning. 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 Blackcatloner Reviews: Falling Down (2015) See more »


Auction at the Opera Populaire, 1919 (Prologue)
Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart, and Richard Stilgoe
Performed by Patrick Wilson
Produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Nigel Wright, Joel Schumacher, Simon Lee and Guy de Villiers
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User Reviews

13 December 2004 | by (Leeds, England) – See all my reviews

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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