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


Joel Schumacher


Gaston Leroux (novel), Andrew Lloyd Webber (book) | 2 more credits »
1,687 ( 304)
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »





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


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


While others have been mentioned through the years, Joel Schumacher was Andrew Lloyd Webber's choice for director since the movie project was conceived in the early '90s. He chose Schumacher after being impressed by the use of music in The Lost Boys (1987). See more »


During the introduction of "Don Juan Triumphant" when the chorus & Carlotta gather together at one side of the stage, in one scene, Carlotta's hand with her fan is pointing off to her right. However, in the next scene, Carlotta is pointing out into the audience and her fan hand is at her side. See more »


[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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Referenced in Musical Hell: Mamma Mia! (2012) See more »


Auction at the Opera Populaire, 1919 (Prologue)
Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart, and Richard Stilgoe
Performed by Patrick Wilson
Produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Nigel Wright, Joel Schumacher, Simon Lee, and Guy de Villiers
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12 November 2006 | by Stardreamer2008See all my reviews

I absolutely love this movie and I have it on DVD and gave DVDs of this movie as presents to friends :) it was my first real introduction to 'The Phantom of The Opera story and I first saw it on December 25 in 2004 and I still love 'Phantom of The Opera' story and discovered many other versions of it...I think that the acting in the movie was good, the singing was good (although Michael Crawford's version of 'Music of The Night' is my most favourite one, Gerard Butler did a good job too: his acting and singing was also good, especially 'Point of No Return'..oh and tomorrow is 13 November, which is his birthday, so happy birthday to him)...the scenery and the special effects are also excellent, in my opinion. Thanx to ALW and JS for creating this beautiful movie :) also, this movie actually made me want to see the stage show, so I hope to do so someday

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English | Italian

Release Date:

10 December 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »


Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,001,890, 26 December 2004

Gross USA:


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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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