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The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

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A young soprano becomes the obsession of a disfigured and murderous musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opéra House.

Director:

Joel Schumacher

Writers:

Gaston Leroux (novel), Andrew Lloyd Webber (book) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerard Butler ... The Phantom
Emmy Rossum ... Christine
Patrick Wilson ... Raoul
Miranda Richardson ... Madame Giry
Minnie Driver ... Carlotta
Ciarán Hinds ... Firmin
Simon Callow ... Andre
Victor McGuire ... Piangi
Jennifer Ellison ... Meg Giry
Murray Melvin ... Reyer
Kevin McNally ... Buquet (as Kevin R. McNally)
James Fleet ... Lefevre
Imogen Bain Imogen Bain ... Carlotta's Maid
Miles Western Miles Western ... Carlotta's Wigmaker
Judith Paris ... Carlotta's Seamstress
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Storyline

Begins when an opera ghost terrorizes the cast and crew of the French Opera House while tutoring a chorus girl. He finally drives the lead soprano crazy so she and her friend leave. The girl is able to sing lead one night but the soprano doesn't want her show stolen so she comes back. The ghost demands they keep giving his protégé lead roles. Meanwhile, His pupil falls in love with the Vicomte de Chagny, but the Phantom is in love with Christine, his student. The Phantom is outraged by their love and kidnaps Christine to be his eternal bride. Will Raoul, the Vicomte, be able to stop this dastardly plan? Written by Niki

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The waiting is over...let the fantasy begin. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief violent images | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

22 December 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,001,890, 26 December 2004

Gross USA:

$51,268,815

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$154,648,887
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In Christine's debut performance as the star of the Opera House, she wears a costume that is an exact replica of the outfit Empress Elizabeth (a.k.a. "Sisi") of Austria wears in her most famous portrait. This includes the white diaphanous dress with full, billowing skirt, as well as the diamond star-bursts in her hair and earrings. This is not surprising when one considers the fact that Andrew Lloyd Webber is one of the most important collectors of artwork from this period, and would be familiar with the portrait in question. See more »

Goofs

The Phantom writes a song about the "Point of No Return." This phrase originated in the 20th century to describe the logistics of air travel. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Auctioneer: Sold. Your number, sir? Thank you. Lot 665, ladies and gentlemen: a papier-mâché musical box in the shape of a barrel organ.
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User Reviews

Excellent!
13 December 2004 | by j-mail7See all my reviews

I have had the good fortune to have seen the stage production 3 times (twice at the Alhambra in Bradford and again 2 months ago at Her majesty's theatre in London) and would rate it as the best experience I have ever had in the theatre. So along comes this movie and I was not sure what to expect, before going I said to friends that if it was half as good as the stage show then it would be marvelous, well it exceeded that - I would rate it at about 80% myself.

My wife and I saw the movie last night and were enthralled all the way through, the costumes and scenery were superb, and we both thought the performances were excellent. My only minor detraction was with Gerard Butler, I just had this gut feeling that his voice just didn't quite have the power to portray the Phantom to the full extent; but what do I know? I have no knowledge or training or background in theatre or singing, as I said it was just a feeling that I had myself.

I would recommend this movie to anyone who may enjoy musicals - if you don't, then I rather think you would hate it (but then you are unlikely to be reading this are you?)

All in all a wonderful night at the cinema, which I shall be repeating, and I will be buying the DVD when it comes out.

9/10


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