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The Phantom of the Opera (1983)

The Budapest Opera House's diva commits suicide after the owner ruins her career for having rejected his advances but her conductor-husband, believed killed in a fire, plans his revenge on all those he deems responsible for her suicide.

Director:

Robert Markowitz

Writers:

Gaston Leroux (novel), Sherman Yellen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maximilian Schell ... Sándor Korvin / The Phantom of the Opera
Jane Seymour ... Maria Gianelli / Elena Korvin
Michael York ... Michael Hartnell
Jeremy Kemp ... Baron Hunyadi
Diana Quick ... Madame Bianchi
Philip Stone ... Kraus
Paul Brooke ... Inspector
Andras Miko Andras Miko ... Balas
Gellért Raksányi Gellért Raksányi ... Lajos
László Németh László Németh ... Tony
Jenõ Kiss Jenõ Kiss ... Fodor (as Jenö Kis)
László Soós László Soós ... Willi
Dénes Ujlaky Dénes Ujlaky ... Footman of Hunyadi
Teréz Bod Teréz Bod ... 1st Cleaning Lady
Ágnes Dávid Ágnes Dávid ... 2nd Cleaning Lady
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Storyline

Sándor Korvin, the conductor of the Budapest Opera House tutors his wife Elena as Marguerite in FAUST. She drowns herself after a bad review rigged by the sinister Baron Hunyadi, whose affections she spurned. When confronting Kraus, the critic, Korvin gets into a fight and a fire is started. Korvin kills the critic, only to have his face burned beyond recognition with acid that falls from a shelf above. He is saved from the inferno by a rat catcher, who takes him to a lair underneath the opera. Five years later, he becomes The Phantom of the Opera, a masked figure who causes havoc among the cast. Korvin spots Maria Gianelli, a chorus girl who bears a remarkable resemblance to his dead wife. He tutors her by day, while Maria's love interest, however, is with Hartnell, who has taken over as director of FAUST. Korvin then executes his plan to exact revenge on the Baron and terrorize those who stand in the way of Maria's triumph. Written by J. Theakston

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Drama | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Phantom von Budapest See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary

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Production Co:

Robert Halmi See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono | DTS | Dolby Digital (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Maximillan Schell was known for "chewing the scenery" on occasion, regarding his performances. He did the same thing in "Phantom of the Opera." See more »

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Version of Song at Midnight (1935) See more »

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One of the best of all "Phantom of the Opera" films!
9 June 2001 | by Sir_SKSee all my reviews

This film is all that I could hope for and more! I am surprised that this great film is so under-rated. The music is beautiful, as is the young Jane Seymour, and Max a million Smell makes an excellent Phantom, especially with his mysterious deep voice. He makes his first appearance in the opening scene as the conductor with bed-head. This film has an excellent atmosphere and gothic mood. There is some of the most unique and original camera work that I've ever seen in this film. The film includes the masked ball and a finale that will keep you on the edge of your seat and your heart pounding. When trying to find this film avoid the Canadian video release which mangles the movie terribly by rearranging scenes, and ultimately the film doesn't really make much sense. The film is occasionally available on eBay in a version that looks like the master has been dubbed from another, so the quality isn't very good, but it's still a really great film. I would love to see this film released on DVD.


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