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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.


Robert Markowitz


Gaston Leroux (novel), Sherman Yellen




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


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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Shot on location in Budapest, Hungary. The opera house is actually the József Katona Theatre in Kecskemét. The Phantom's lair was shot in storage facilities underneath a brewery. See more »


Version of The Phantom of the Opera (1962) See more »

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I was younger when I saw this, before I saw any other version, maybe, and definitely before I read the book. I remember a scene with a quote that has come back to me powerfully. The phantom comes into the room with the young singer to meet her for the first time after watching her rehearse many times. He says to her, "The mask frightens you? The mask protects you!"

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Release Date:

29 January 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El fantasma de la ópera See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary

Company Credits

Production Co:

Robert Halmi See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono | DTS | Dolby Digital (5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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