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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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Details

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

Rumour has it that Dario Argento's original cut of the film ran almost an hour longer and that the version which was finally released, has been heavily re-cut and changed by the producers to assure the film's appeal to wider audiences. See more »

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The Phantom: I call it my dreamery.
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About 10 times better the second time around
11 December 1999 | by Warlock-5See all my reviews

Yet again, a Dario Argento film that is absolutely horrible the first time, but somehow fantastic the second time you watch it. This phantom is pretty much different from the 1989 effort,starring Robert Englund, that also aimed for gory shocks and mayhem....and failed miserably. Argento's version is much better, never taking itself too seriously and telling a romantic tale that you actually care about. Julian Sands is good as the Phantom, when he learns that his lover Christine loves someone else, he listens to them kiss and he starts to sob, his acting is so good that it almost breaks your heart. Asia Argento is also a nice actress, I didn't care for her much in Trauma (and I've yet to see The Stendhal Syndrome) but her acting here has improved, she is a talented and beautiful actress. Now back to the movie itself, it's the best adaptation I've seen of the story yet, it is violent, but not too much. There's also a great sense of humour. "You will not play in Romeo and Juliet. If you defy me, I will hurt you. Do you understand me you fat cow?"

"How dare you-a speak-a to-a me-a like-a that!"(Italian accent)

The movie is really a lot of fun and I think I have a crush on Kitty Keri, but it's too bad she has her tongue ripped out.


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