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The Phantom of the Opera (1989)

A young soprano becomes the obsession of a horribly disfigured composer, who has plans for those who oppose him or the young singer.

Director:

Dwight H. Little

Writers:

Gaston Leroux (novel), Gerry O'Hara (based upon the screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Englund ... Erik Destler / The Phantom
Jill Schoelen ... Christine Day
Alex Hyde-White ... Richard Dutton
Bill Nighy ... Martin Barton
Stephanie Lawrence Stephanie Lawrence ... La Carlotta
Terence Harvey ... Insp. Hawkins
Nathan Lewis Nathan Lewis ... Davies
Peter Clapham Peter Clapham ... Harrison
Molly Shannon ... Meg (New York)
Emma Rawson Emma Rawson ... Meg (London)
Mark Ryan ... Mott
Yehuda Efroni ... The Rat Catcher
Terence Beesley ... Joseph Buquet
Ray Jewers Ray Jewers ... Elise
Robin Hunter Robin Hunter ... Roland
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Storyline

In New York, the Julliard student Christine Day meets her friend Meg in the library where she works and she shows a piece of music from the unknown author Erik Destler that she has found on the shelf. Christine decides to use the music in her audition on the next day for a role in a version of Faust in the New York Opera. During the audition, there is an accident on the stage and Christina faints. She relives her past life in the 19th century in London, when she is an aspirant opera singer and becomes the protégée of the Phantom of the London Opera House. The Phantom is the unknown composer Erik Destler who makes a pact with the devil in order to the world would love his music. In return, the devil destroys his face and tells him that he would never be loved by anyone and would be disfigured forever. After a tragic ending, Christine awakes in the present day and has a great surprise when she is introduced to the producer of the opera. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Only love and music are forever See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Music | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | UK | Hungary

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Phantom of the Opera: The Motion Picture See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,050,000, 7 November 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,953,745
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Was originally set to be released through The Cannon Group Inc., and to be directed by John Hough, but the film was passed on to Menahem Golan's then-newly started studio 21st Century Film Corporation, after The Cannon Group Inc. filed for bankruptcy. Hough was replaced by Dwight H. Little. See more »

Goofs

When Christine visits her father's grave, we see several close-ups of the black wrought iron gate surrounding the cemetery. In these close-ups, you can plainly see that the wrought iron is actually wood that has been spray painted black. See more »

Quotes

Erik Destler: I like it better in the dark. The night is far too short as it is.
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Crazy Credits

This Motion Picture is not associated with any current or prior stage play or motion picture of the same title. See more »

Alternate Versions

Several scenes of extreme graphic violence had to be trimmed/deleted in order to get an R-rating in America. See more »

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Version of The Phantom of the Opera (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

The Jewel Song
taken from "Faust" by Charles Gounod
Produced by Misha Segal
Music Solutions by Gaylon J. Horton
Director of Music for 21st Century: William Ashford
Recorded in Budapest by Eric Tomlinson
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Good Phantom movie and Great Horror film!
7 June 2003 | by moonknight2010See all my reviews

I am a huge horror movie fan and also a big Phantom of the Opera fan. I remember this film when it came out in 1989 but did not get the chance to see it until years later. I love the 1943 version and also love this one as well. Robert Englund proves in this film that he is a great actor and has moved far beyond his Freddy Kreuger days. This film is also very haunting as a horror film where the 1943 re-make is more of a drama/horror film. Robert is also very haunting as Erik Desller / The Phantom. Tha main thing i loved about this film is the dark and frightening atmosphere that it set out for the viewers. well the rank this film from 1-10 i give it a 8 for sure... Great film for both Horror movie fans and Phantom of the Opera fans.

Highly recomended!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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