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The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

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A young soprano becomes the obsession of a disfigured musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opéra House. He kidnaps the soprano and forces the owners of the play to keep her as the lead role of the play.

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Listen to the Music of the Night 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:

£1,219,310 (United Kingdom), 12 December 2004, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,001,890, 26 December 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$51,268,815

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$103,380,072
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to Jennifer Ellison, Joel Schumacher did not understand much of what she was saying because of of her Liverpool accent. See more »

Goofs

When the Phantom is on the rooftop after Christine and Raoul leave, You see the Phantom's cape blowing in the wind. If you look closely, you can actually see that there are two capes blowing in the wind, one under the other. This is due to the fact that the film editors added a digitally created cape to blow in the background, but for whatever reason, did not match its movements with the real cape the Phantom was wearing. 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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Connections

References Moulin Rouge! (2001) See more »

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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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