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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.

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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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Genres:

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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A sequel, titled "The Phantom of the Opera 2: Terror in Manhattan", was planned, but never made. According to a 1991 article in Fangoria Magazine, the screenplay was re-written for Dance Macabre (1992), also starring Robert Englund. See more »

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When Christine visits her father's grave, we see several close-ups of the black wrought iron gate surrounding the cemetery. In these close-ups, you can plainly see that the wrought iron is actually wood that has been spray painted black. See more »

Quotes

Erik Destler: Still hungry for an introduction!
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This Motion Picture is not associated with any current or prior stage play or motion picture of the same title. See more »

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Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Available on CDs and Cassettes
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Love and Music Are Forever
22 June 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In New York, the Julliard student Christine Day (Jill Schoelen) meets her friend Meg (Molly Shannon) 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 Christine 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 (Robert Englund) 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.

"The Phantom of the Opera" (1989) is a gore and bleak version of the classic novel of Gaston Leroux. The make-up of the Phantom is impressive and gruesome. Jill Schoelen moves her lips perfectly and gives the sensation that she is really singing opera. The screenplay is original, with Christine Day living her two lives in two different centuries with the Phantom obsessed by her. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Fantasma da Ópera" ("The Phantom of the Opera")


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