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The Phantom of the Opera (1998)

Il fantasma dell'opera (original title)
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Gory remake of the Gaston Leroux classic story, only this time, the phantom is not disfigured, but a man who was raised by rats deep under the Paris Opera House.

Director:

Dario Argento

Writers:

Gaston Leroux (novel), Gérard Brach | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julian Sands ... The Phantom
Asia Argento ... Christine Daaé
Andrea Di Stefano ... Baron Raoul De Chagny
Nadia Rinaldi Nadia Rinaldi ... Carlotta Altieri
Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni ... Honorine
István Bubik István Bubik ... Ignace, the rat-catcher
Lucia Guzzardi Lucia Guzzardi ... Madame Giry
Aldo Massasso Aldo Massasso ... Pourdieu
Zoltan Barabas Zoltan Barabas ... Poligny
Gianni Franco Gianni Franco ... Montluc
David D'Ingeo David D'Ingeo ... Alfred
Kitty Kéri Kitty Kéri ... Paulette
John Pedeferri John Pedeferri ... Dr. Princard
Leonardo Treviglio Leonardo Treviglio ... Jerome De Chagny
Massimo Sarchielli ... Joseph Buquet
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Storyline

Standard story of the Phantom does have one major variation - The phantom is not a disfigured individual, but rather is an unwashed orphan abandoned in the sewers under the Paris Opera & raised by rats. The Phantom invokes death upon anyone who dares harm his beloved rats. In fact, The Phantom's nemesis is the chief exterminator who develops a rat-catching machine. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/gore and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | French

Release Date:

20 November 1998 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Phantom of the Opera See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Medusa Film,Cine 2000 See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The role of the Phantom was first intended for John Malkovich. See more »

Quotes

The Phantom: Medusa will always lead you to my kingdom
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Lakmé: Air des clochettes
Music by Léo Delibes
Lyrics by Philippe Gille and Edmond Gondinet
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Worth seeing, if only for the dwarf's demise!
22 March 2006 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Dario Argento's adaptation of Gaston Leroux's classic tale is a below-par offering from the Italian master of horror - but even Argento's worst films still manage to be thoroughly entertaining, thanks to his energetic direction, unconventional storytelling, lavish production values and graphic gore.

Dario's daughter, Asia, is Christine, an understudy at the Paris Opera. Christine is lusted after by suitor Raoul – but Raoul has competition in the form of crazy killer, Erik, The Phantom of the Opera. Erik, abandoned at birth and raised by rats in the underground caverns beneath the opera house, uses telepathy to woo Christine and lure her to his lair. Then he bonks her.

Crazy Erik then sabotages the opera house, killing members of the audience and injuring prima-donna Carlotta, which results in Christine becoming star of the show. On Christine's first night, the opera house's ratcatcher (who secretly spied on Erik and Christine getting it on) reveals that Christine is 'the Phantom's whore'. The Phantom rescues Christina from an angry mob, who pursue them underground…

Although Dario's film is far from a masterpiece, it is hugely enjoyable thanks to the inventive gore (courtesy of Sergio Stivaletti), wonderfully preposterous characters (the ratcatcher is a scream, as he and his dwarf sidekick take delight in slaughtering rodents) and a good deal of gratuitous nudity.

So, in a nutshell, this isn't classic Argento... but it is fun!


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