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The Phantom of the Opera (1989)

A young soprano becomes the obsession of a horribly disfigured composer, who has plans for those who oppose him or the young singer.

Director:

Dwight H. Little

Writers:

Gaston Leroux (novel), Gerry O'Hara (based upon the screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Englund ... Erik Destler / The Phantom
Jill Schoelen ... Christine Day
Alex Hyde-White ... Richard Dutton
Bill Nighy ... Martin Barton
Stephanie Lawrence Stephanie Lawrence ... La Carlotta
Terence Harvey ... Insp. Hawkins
Nathan Lewis Nathan Lewis ... Davies
Peter Clapham Peter Clapham ... Harrison
Molly Shannon ... Meg (New York)
Emma Rawson Emma Rawson ... Meg (London)
Mark Ryan ... Mott
Yehuda Efroni ... The Rat Catcher
Terence Beesley ... Joseph Buquet
Ray Jewers Ray Jewers ... Elise
Robin Hunter Robin Hunter ... Roland
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Storyline

In New York, the Julliard student Christine Day meets her friend Meg in the library where she works and she shows a piece of music from the unknown author Erik Destler that she has found on the shelf. Christine decides to use the music in her audition on the next day for a part in a Faust version in the New York Opera. During the audition, there is an accident on the stage and Christina faints. She relives her past life in the Nineteenth Century in London, when she is an aspirant opera singer and becomes the protégée of The Phantom of the London Opera House. The Phantom is the unknown composer Erik Destler that makes a pact with the devil in order to the world would love his music. In return, the devil destroys his face and tells that he would never be loved by anyone and would be disfigured forever. After a tragic ending, Christine awakes in the present days and has a great surprise when she is introduced to the producer of the opera. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Robert Englund Was "Freddy." Now he's the... Phantom of the Opera! An all new nightmare! See more »

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Drama | Horror | Music | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK | Hungary

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Phantom of the Opera: The Motion Picture See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,050,000, 7 November 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,953,745
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Molly Shannon's film debut. See more »

Goofs

When Christine first starts singing to the phantom in front of the fireplace near the beginning, her voice doesn't match her lip movement. See more »

Quotes

Erik Destler: You love the music. I am the music. Now you are married to the music. You cannot serve two masters. Do not see another.
Christine: I promise.
Erik Destler: Tonight, you shall be my bride.
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Crazy Credits

This Motion Picture is not associated with any current or prior stage play or motion picture of the same title. See more »


Soundtracks

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Available on CDs and Cassettes
from Restless Records.
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Not bad remake
12 July 2003 | by eddy-28See all my reviews

Often forgotten after it's release because it was critized as being a takeoff of Andrew Lloyd Webber's then current Broadway musical version of the same title. Actually, Dwight H. Little's film version isn't bad and Duke Sandefur's script actually has more originality than some of the earlier versions. Robert Englund is probably the most terrifying phantom yet, he probably can't pull it off like Lon Chaney did in the 1925 film version, but he certainly did a terrific job at playing a more darker and scarier phantom. Jill Schoelen also did a pretty amazing job playing Christine, as she is taken from present day New York to 1881 London were she is the star of the opera and stalked by the phantom and he kills anyone who gets in his way. My favorite death scene is probably were the phantom takes on three thieves and also kills an opera critic in a sauna. In addition to the originality, the phantom is cursed by the devil and his face mutilated in a Faust tradition. He is then forced to sew on pieces of skin to save his face. The production is luxurious and the costumes are authentic. But the most greatest thing about this 1989 remake is the music. This is probably the best music I have ever heard for any Phantom film. It's more malvolent and suspensful and also at the same time magicial. Misha Segal certainly did an amazing job at creating a difficult score, and it's a shame that I don't hear his music in today's films. I guess the film could have been a little better if it had a little less gore and a good falling chandlier scene, but even though this is the only Phantom film without a chandlier it was still an amazing picture. Also look for Saturday Night Live star Molly Shannon in a small role in the New York City sequences.


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