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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.


Joel Schumacher


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 »





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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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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 »


Box Office


$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:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Katie Holmes was almost cast as Christine but Joel Shumacher decided that she was too old for the part. See more »


Christine takes off the wedding veil that the Phantom gave her and drops it. When the Phantom is leaving, the veil is back on the mannequin, and then is gone when Meg walks past. 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 Ugly Betty: The Lyin', the Watch and the Wardrobe (2006) See more »

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A masterpiece.
27 June 2006 | by theshadow908See all my reviews

The Phantom of the Opera is based off of both Gaston Leroux's novel, and Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage musical. It tells the story of a mysterious man that lives beneath the Paris Opera House, and is madly in love with a young ballet dancer. The managers of the opera house think he is a phantom. The young dancer believes he is the Angel of Music, sent by her dead father to watch over her. When the phantom begins to kill and cause damage to the opera house, the dancer's heroic suitor sets out to stop the phantom once and for all. With great music and stunning sets, this is the best version of the tale on film.

Joel Shumacher's career was pretty much destroyed after Batman and Robin came out, but after a few good movies to pick himself up, he was given a seemingly impossible task. To turn Andrew Lloyd Webber's world famous stage musical into a movie. Sadly, I've never had the chance to see the show, but I have been listening to the music almost all of my life. I was excited beyond words when this movie came out. I was worried about Shumacher a little bit, but as soon as I saw the movie, it didn't matter. He adapted the stage show almost perfectly to the screen. There are a few changes, but they work, and they make the movie so much better than if it was a straight copy. I loved the sets and the cinematography. Even if you're not a fan of musicals, I highly recommend you see this if you're interested in film at all. This movie is a visual necessity. You'll learn a thing or two. The angles at which certain scenes are shot, the black and white footage, the sets, they all make this movie so good. Of course, Andrew Lloyd Webber's music is genius, and I still get chills whenever I hear the overture.

The acting is great. I was worried about almost every actor in this movie initially. I mean, Gerard Butler was Dracula in Dracula 2000, Emmy Rossum was that chick from The Day After Tomorrow, and who the heck is Patrick Wilson. Well, all that went out the window after I saw the movie. Emmy Rossum was amazing in the role of Christine. I really didn't think she could sing. Gerard Butler was absolutely perfect in the role of the phantom. He played the character both sympathetically, as well as devilishly creepy. His singing was nowhere near bad either.

Overall, this is the best movie based off a stage show out there. The amazing acting, cinematography, and direction combine to make this one great movie.


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