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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.

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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

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Taglines:

The world's biggest musical! 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 USA:

$4,001,890, 26 December 2004

Gross USA:

$51,268,815

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$103,380,072
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Patrick Wilson (Raoul) was the first to be signed, then Gerard Butler (The Phantom), then Emmy Rossum (Christine). See more »

Goofs

When the Phantom takes Christine down to the catacombs for the first time, her hair and makeup slowly change from being simple and understated, to more sophisticated and womanly. The director has stated that this was deliberate and that the change in Christine's appearance during this scene was intended as a metaphor to representing her sexual awakening. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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Absolutely fantastic!
14 December 2004 | by emily_glenisterSee all my reviews

I dragged my long suffering boyfriend to see The Phantom of the Opera on Sunday, and was pleasantly surprised by it. Although I have never seen it on-stage, the film version - for me - was so enchanting that I now cannot wait to obtain tickets to it. The sets were absolutely beautiful. France is known for its beauty, and this adaption certainly paid homage to that. The theatre set itself was absolutely stunning; marble and velvet being the main materials within it. Emmy Rossum (Christine) was 17 when this was filmed and was absolutely outstanding. When she started to sing, my mouth literally dropped open. Minnie Driver (La Carlotta) was very funny in her Italian diva role. Her hand gestures added to the mannerisms of a typical diva. Her singing was overdone to add to the character (even though Ms. Driver did not do all the vocals herself). Patrick Wilson (Raoul), out of all of them, had the most captivating voice. Although Raoul seemed a bit wet and droopy, he was still gorgeous and made the GIRLS in the audience swoon. However, the star of the piece for me, was Gerard Butler (the Phantom). Although his vocal skills weren't entirely right for the part, he portrayed the Phantom as a lot of people see him; as a victim. I actually ended up warming to him, and when asked by my boyfriend who I would choose; Raoul or the Phantom, I said the Phantom. Something about the way Mr. Butler played him, was so sexy and he drew the WOMEN to him. Watching the Phantom and Raoul, certainly separated the boys from the men and the girls from the women. Another pleasant surprise is that Jennifer Ellison was actually rather good in her role as Meg, Christine's best friend. Miss Ellison has been trained in acting, singing and dancing and so was well equipped to the play the part, and carried it off very well. I wouldn't be surprised if more roles in Hollywood turned up for her. Overall, I rate this film a 5/5 and definitely recommend it. It sent shivers up my spine and gave me goosebumps. I urge those of you who haven't seen it, to become goosebump friendly by watching THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA!


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