The Phantom of the Opera

January 21st, 2005


The Phantom of the Opera

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A disfigured musical genius, hidden away in the Paris Opera House, terrorizes the opera company for the unwitting benefit of a young protégée whom he trains and loves.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 7.1/10 (54,425 voted)

Critic's Score: 40/100

Director: Joel Schumacher

Stars: Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson

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?

Writers: Gaston Leroux, Andrew Lloyd Webber

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 - Carlotta's Maid
Miles Western - Carlotta's Wigmaker
Judith Paris - Carlotta's Seamstress

Taglines: The world's biggest musical!


Official Website: Central Partnership [Russia] | Official site [Denmark] |

Release Date: 21 January 2005

Filming Locations: London, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: £1,219,310 (UK) (12 December 2004) (422 Screens)

Gross: $154,648,887 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

At the beginning of the movie, the cast is rehearsing for an opera called "Hannibal" and they are singing "Hannibal Comes!" This is not an actual opera; Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote this for the beginning and wanted to help the actors warm up to the part with a laugh, hence the silly make up and costumes.

Continuity: During the Point of No Return scene, when the Phantom grasps Christine's wrists, the gold bracelet become unclasped. Yet when the camera view switches, the bracelet is secured and in place.

[first lines]
Auctioneer: Sold. Your number, sir? Thank you. Lot 663, then, ladies and gentlemen.

User Review

The Phantom has arrived.....


I went to see this film with my best friend yesterday and I asked her what she thought of the film and she said "That was the worst film i've ever seen" I turned to her and saw she was blubbing her eyes out(she was being sarcastic).

This film was AMAZING!

It looked gorgeous, the singing for some reason has been slated a lot by critics but I thought the singing was wonderful and everyone should be applauded especially the two leads Emmy Rossum and Gerald Butler they were brilliant.The songs sound as good as ever, there was one thing that really ticked me off with some reviewers they have said "The song are in desperate need in updating" and all I can say to that is "Don't change perfection because its already perfect. The stand out moment for me was the beginning,when the film changed from black and white and went back in time to tell the story,it sent shivers down my spine. I have to say i've never seen the stage show but now i've watched this I don't think I need to

10/10 Go see this film!


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