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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 »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Music | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Was originally set to be released through The Cannon Group, Inc., and to be directed by John Hough, but the film was passed on to Menahem Golan's then-newly started studio 21st Century Film Corporation, after The Cannon Group, Inc. filed for bankruptcy. Hough was replaced by Dwight H. Little. See more »

Goofs

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: Up there, those are the actors and the costumes and the scenery. They don't know the soul of the opera. In your dressing room, I could only teach you the words, the notes. But here... here I can teach you the meaning.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The following scenes were trimmed for an "R" Rating:
  • A scene were the phantom skins Joseph the stagehand.
  • The scene were the Phantom kills the three thieves was quite a bit longer. When the Phantom attacks the second theft, he cuts of his head with a knife, the original scene showed the knife being stabbed into the theft's neck and cutting it completly off. But it was trimmed to show Mott's expresion and then shows the phantom holding the head and trowing it at Mott.
  • Harrison's death in the sauna room was quite a bit more violent. Originally The Phantom puts a towel around his face and squeezes it tightly and shows a close up shot of the bones in Harrison's face breaking and blood sporing through the towel and then showing the Phantom throwing his body aganist a burning water heater without the towel around his face and showing has broken face burning on the heater. It was trimmed for being a bit to violent and The water heater seemed for a death scene. This was replaced by showing Harrison being thrown aganist the wall and then sliding down with the towel still wrapped around his face.
  • Carlotta's death scene was cut.
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Connections

Referenced in Animaniacs: Video Review/When Mice Ruled the Earth (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Don Juan Triumphant
Composed and Conducted by Misha Segal
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Fairly good, in this Phanatic's humble opinion

Yes, I am indeed one of those "Phanatics" as they're called (though I'm almost starting to think we have a bad reputation...), and I personally would like to say that I found this movie rather enjoyable. I think it could have done without the modern sequences altogether and stayed in the one time period, and yes, a few scenes are a bit cheesy or cheap. But believe it or not, I think that Robert Englund did a fairly good job. My favorite Phantom will always be Michael Crawford, but when one compares Englund to Gerard Butler's Phantom (even using Crawford as the standard), he practically blows that little pansy-ass out of the water. It's refreshing to see an old, decrepit Phantom again, with more subdued, majestic style than Butler's gaudy, emo character. Also, this time the Phantom isn't scared to spill some blood, restoring some respectable fear for Erik that the 2004 version kills. Englund's voice--at least when he isn't screaming--seems surprisingly perfect for the part, and all film critics alike will see that he can indeed act, but has merely been restrained by his previous Freddy typecasting. All in all, I'd say this film makes an excellent counter-balance to the 2004 film, and both those who like like Chaney's Phantom and Crawford Phanatics alike will definitely enjoy it.


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