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The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

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.

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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 classic musical comes to the big screen for the first time. See more »


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

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22 December 2004 (USA)  »

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Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,219,310 (UK) (10 December 2004)

Gross:

$51,225,796 (USA) (6 May 2005)
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Trivia

Both Gerard Butler and Patrick Wilson hated filming the water scenes. See more »

Goofs

In a 1919 scene, a shop shows the Swarovski swan logo. At the time, Swarovski's logo was an edelweiss flower. The swan logo was adopted in 1988. See more »

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[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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References Great Performances: Cats (1998) See more »

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Superb Film - but stage to screen comparisons inappropriate.
12 December 2004 | by (Lincolnshire, UK) – See all my reviews

I think some other comments here are harsh, especially towards the performance of Emmy Rossum, who I thought made the film. Her performance visually (i.e. expressions etc) is mesmerizing. I'm sure a lot of this is down to Joel Schumacher who successfully steers the film away from just putting the stage show on to film, but has actually created something powerful in its own right, so I believe comparisons of the stage show to film are unreasonable.

My only niggles are technicalities, the Phantom wears a mask which only goes just above his eyebrows in the Ball scene (and shows no deformation) and yet when the normal white mask is removed later the entire left side of his face is deformed. The lip sync hing is often poor, especially in 'Think of Me' which is disappointing, especially in the knowledge that all but Minnie Driver recorded their own singing parts anyway.

The Soundtrack has been given a spring clean and it really benefits from it, removing some of the synthesized feel of the original and giving it much more of an orchestral grandeur.

All in all, this film really took me by surprise. As I said above Stage to Screen comparisons do feel somewhat inappropriate with this film, but I was never that fussed about Phantom before or after seeing it on Broadway. I can safely say that this film has converted me.


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