Phantom of the Opera

Phantom of the Opera

4.7 274
Director: Joel Schumacher

Cast: Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson

     
 

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One of the most popular stage musicals in the history of Broadway and London's West End makes its long-awaited arrival on the motion-picture screen in this lavish adaptation directed by Joel Schumacher. Christine (Emmy Rossum) is a beautiful and gifted young woman who longs to join the company of the Paris Opera House. During rehearsals for one of the opera's grand… See more details below

Overview

One of the most popular stage musicals in the history of Broadway and London's West End makes its long-awaited arrival on the motion-picture screen in this lavish adaptation directed by Joel Schumacher. Christine (Emmy Rossum) is a beautiful and gifted young woman who longs to join the company of the Paris Opera House. During rehearsals for one of the opera's grand productions, a backdrop falls and crashes to the floor, nearly crushing leading lady Carlotta (Minnie Driver). When several members of the company suggest this could be the work of the "Phantom of the Opera", a spectral presence said to haunt the building, Carlotta drops out of the show, and the fates permit Christine to step in as her replacement. Christine's performance is a triumph, and on opening night she becomes reacquainted with Raoul (Patrick Wilson), a former childhood friend who is now a wealthy and well-known nobleman. Christine soon finds herself smitten with the handsome Raoul, but the same evening she makes a startling discovery -- the story of the Phantom is not just a legend. A brilliant but horribly disfigured composer (Gerard Butler) lives deep in the depths of the opera house, and taken with the beauty of Christine's voice, he abducts her and brings her to his lair, where he offers to help her perfect her talents, offering to write an opera especially for her. As the terrified Christine is comforted by Raoul, the two fall in love, but the phantom sees her affection for Raoul as a tremendous betrayal, and the jealous phantom nearly kills Christine as he nearly killed Carlotta. When the phantom emerges to present the opera's management with the piece he has written for Christine, the singer is asked to put her life on the line in an effort to capture the mad genius once and for all. Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical version of Gaston Leroux's novel, which had already enjoyed several stage and screen adaptations in the past, opened in London in 1986 and has been a popular favorite around the world ever since; the show was still running in New York and London when the film version premiered in late 2004.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Joel Schumacher's film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's spectacular Broadway musical expands greatly on the stage show while retaining everything that made it such a smash. The musical sequences are lovingly presented, woven into the action in operatic fashion -- but Schumacher's Phantom goes way beyond the theatrical edition, making the most of the story's primary setting: the magnificent Paris Opera House. The stage show only suggests what the film shows in opulent detail; every level of the magnificent structure -- including the catacombs beneath it -- are explored in microscopic detail by the cinematographer. The Opera House becomes a living, breathing character, not so much a home to the Phantom as a co-conspirator to his crimes. As created by French novelist Gaston Leroux, the Phantom was a criminal mastermind with a talent for refined torture. Drawing upon the character as it evolved in movies, Webber makes him a tragic figure deserving of the audience's sympathy (at least to some extent). The always masked, hideously scarred Phantom has fixed his eye on Christine Daae (18-year-old Emmy Rossum in a star-making performance), a young chorus girl of great promise whom he has taken on as a protégée of sorts. Under his tutelage she becomes a great singer, but having never seen him she naturally falls in love with a handsome nobleman, Raoul (Patrick Wilson). But the Phantom refuses to surrender her and is prepared to do anything to secure her loyalty and affection. Gerard Butler plays the title role extremely well, although he lacks the charisma of some of his predecessors. He's never quite the spellbinder one expects to see; some viewers will wonder how he maintains his hold over Christine. Nonetheless, he does a more-than-passable job. On the cast's distaff side, Rossum gets stiff competition from Minnie Driver, who's surprisingly good as the tempestuous diva Carlotta, whom the younger woman is expected to replace. Driver does her own singing and makes an indelible impression in what is actually a minor role. Schumacher exhibits a keen understanding of this material -- which, along with his visual sense, makes this adaptation so richly satisfying. Viewers get the best of both worlds: the unabashed artifice of the stage version and the stylish visualization afforded by top-drawer production design and cinematography. If you've ever heard Webber's score (and how could you not have?) you know that his Phantom is a treat for the ears. Now Schumacher has turned out a screen adaptation that's a feast for the eyes. Don't miss it.
All Movie Guide
Again proving himself game for any genre, Joel Schumacher takes the helm of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, a musical whose long delay to the screen represents a rare failure of Hollywood to strike when the iron is hot. No doubt thinking it could be his Chicago, Schumacher was probably as surprised as anyone to see his grandiose production shut out of the major Oscar categories. The film is an incredibly faithful rendering of the popular show. But with Webber's fingerprints all over it, it's never precisely more than that, and that's what separates it from Chicago. Coming only two years on the heels of that film, there's an unjust tendency to judge Phantom according to Chicago's success, and true enough, it doesn't measure up to either that or the stage phenomenon that inspired it. One real difference from the stage: it's unavoidable that the phantom (Gerard Butler) will lose some of his crucial mystery when brought up close and personal with the audience. Seen at a distance, lurking in the shadows, he's a more remote and effective figure. Emmy Rossum fares better as Christine Daae, projecting a disarming mixture of beauty and innocence, and Patrick Wilson is a dashing Raoul. All three leads -- not to mention a funny Minnie Driver as the opera's resident diva -- come off pretty impressively in terms of their singing, which sounds enough like the original Broadway recordings to please ardent fans of the material. In fact, the exquisite sets, lush costumes, and sweeping camerawork -- even the black-and-white frame story -- all compliment the performances well enough. The result is a costume drama that's at times genuinely rousing. It's just not an Oscar winner.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/14/2013
UPC:
0883929347308
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Sales rank:
4,069

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gerard Butler The Phantom
Emmy Rossum Christine Daae
Patrick Wilson Vicomte Raoul de Chagny
Miranda Richardson Madame Giry
Minnie Driver La Carlotta
Simon Callow Gilles Andre
Ciarán Hinds Richard Firmin
Jennifer Ellison Meg Giry
James Fleet Lefevre
Victor McGuire Piangi
Kevin McNally Buquet
Murray Melvin Reyer
Paul Brooke Auctioneer
Laura Hounsom Young Mme. Giry
Chris Overton Young Phantom
Imogen Bain Carlotta's Maid
Miles Western Carlotta's Wigmaker
Judith Paris Carlotta's Seamstress
Halcro Johnston Passirino
Oliver Chopping Porter
Alison Skilbeck Nun/Nurse
Lee Sellers Chauffer
Ramin Karimloo Christine's Father
Annabel Porter Young Meg
Max Thomas Actor
Jesika Cannon Young Christine
Lucy Casson Ballet Tart
Lorraine Stewart Ballet Tart
Jose Tirado Principal Male Dancer
Jonathan D. Ellis Fop
David Langham Fops
Margaret Preece Confidante
David Arneil Opera Chorus
Annalene Beechey Opera Chorus
Mark Carroll Opera Chorus
Valerie Cutko Opera Chorus
Tricia Deighton Opera Chorus
John Griffiths Opera Chorus
Mandy Holliday Opera Chorus
Terry Kelly Opera Chorus
Sophie Louise Dann opera chorus
Jackie Marks opera chorus
Graham McDuff opera chorus
Brian Wheeler opera chorus
Julia Worsley opera chorus
Chris Jarvis Ballet Boy
Sebastien Torkia Ballet Boy
Greet Botterman Ballet Girl
Elena Buda Ballet Girl
Tess Cunningham Ballet Girl
Liesl Dowsett Ballet Girl
Pia Driver Ballet Girl
Kathryn Dunn Ballet Girl
Sophia Hurdley Ballet Girl
Amy Lawson Ballet Girl
Lucy Potter Ballet Girl
Kirsty Tapp Ballet Girl
Richard Bayliss Opera Populaire Orchestra
Ralph Broadbent Opera Populaire Orchestra
Alexander Cameron Opera Populaire Orchestra
Paul Costin Opera Populaire Orchestra
Matthew Draper Opera Populaire Orchestra
Ben Gant Opera Populaire Orchestra
Jonathon Hill Opera Populaire Orchestra
Timothy Kipling Opera Populaire Orchestra
Jonathan Kitchen Opera Populaire Orchestra
Tristan Keyte Opera Populaire Orchestra
Michael Mansbridge Opera Populaire Orchestra
Jeff Moore Opera Populaire Orchestra
Julian Poole Opera Populaire Orchestra
James Pullman Opera Populaire Orchestra
Robert Purvis Opera Populaire Orchestra
Dave Tosh Opera Populaire Orchestra
Chris Worsey Opera Populaire Orchestra
Andrew Charles Corbett Flamenco Dancer,Masquerade Dancer
Sarah Frasca Flamenco Dancer
Pascal Langdale Flamenco Dancer
Damien Lee Stirk Flamenco Dancer,Masquerade Dancer
Isabel Lesto Flamenco Dancer
Remy Martyn Flamenco Dancer
Carlos Otero Flamenco Dancer
Sandra Ramirez Flamenco Dancer
Beth Sheather Flamenco Dancer
Annika Strandberg Flamenco Dancer
Stephen Berkeley Masquerade Dancer
Rod Buchanan Masquerade Dancer
Deborah Bundy Masquerade Dancer
Philip Catchpole Masquerade Dancer
Nathan Clarke Masquerade Dancer
Blake Clayfield Masquerade Dancer
Dawn Collins Masquerade Dancer
Gem Collingwood Masquerade Dancer
Casper Cornish Masquerade Dancer
Rachael Crocker Masquerade Dancer
Janine Davis Masquerade Dancer
Leigh Daniels Masquerade Dancer
Stephen B. White Masquerade Dancer
Simone De La Rue Masquerade Dancer
Lee Chapman Candelabra Holder
Graeme Crowther Swordmaster
Rebekah Dobbins Candelabra Holder
Miles Elkington Masquerade Dancer
Joanna Ernest Masquerade Dancer
Candice Evans Masquerade Dancer
Guilia Florimo Masquerade Dancer
Ben Garner Masquerade Dancer
Clinton Goldsmith Masquerade Dancer
Claire Goodman Masquerade Dancer
Juliet Gough Masquerade Dancer
Georgina Hagerty Masquerade Dancer
Ruben Halse Candelabra Holder
Maddy G. Harris Masquerade Dancer
Damien Jackson Masquerade Dancer
Ryan Jenkins Masquerade Dancer
Lee Jerova Candelabra Holder
Damian Jones Candelabra Holder
Gavin Lee Masquerade Dancer
Caroline Lynn Masquerade Dancer
Alec Mann Masquerade Dancer
Paul Micha Masquerade Dancer
Luis Gallo Mudarra Masquerade Dancer
Marilena Nicolaon Masquerade Dancer
Gabriel Noble Masquerade Dancer
Melanie Perks Masquerade Dancer
Vanessa Perroncel Candelabra Holder
Maryam Pourian Masquerade Dancer
Adam Pudney Masquerade Dancer
Pippa Raine Masquerade Dancer
Lorena Randi Masquerade Dancer
Aaron Sillis Masquerade Dancer
Michael Small Masquerade Dancer
Lisa Stevens Masquerade Dancer
Tom Tanscy Masquerade Dancer
Marcus Tesch Masquerade Dancer
Ashley Wallen Masquerade Dancer
Gavin Wilkinson Masquerade Dancer
Joanna Woodliffe Masquerade Dancer
Scott Wyer Masquerade Dancer
Nigel Wright Conductor

Technical Credits
Joel Schumacher Director,Screenwriter
Jeff Abberley Executive Producer
Anna Behlmer Sound/Sound Designer
Julia Blackman Executive Producer
Alexandra Byrne Costumes/Costume Designer
Cinesite Special Effects
Keith Cousins Executive Producer
Peter Darling Choreography
Tony Dawe Sound/Sound Designer
Louise Goodsill Executive Producer
Tommy Gormley Asst. Director
David Grindrod Casting
Paul Hitchcock Executive Producer
Antony Hunt Executive Producer
Ralph Kamp Executive Producer
Paul Kirby Art Director
John Mathieson Cinematographer
Andy Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
David Pearson Asst. Director
Anthony Pratt Production Designer
Terry Rawlings Editor,Production Designer
Eli Richbourg Executive Producer
Austin Shaw Executive Producer
Jenny Shircore Makeup
Nigel Stone Cinematographer
Andrew Lloyd Webber Score Composer,Producer,Screenwriter
Nigel Wright Musical Direction/Supervision

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Public Auction [3:42]
2. Overture [3:44]
3. New Owners and Patron (Hannibal) [4:58]
4. Think of Me (I): Opera Ghost [4:26]
5. Think of Me (II) [4:56]
6. Angel of Music [4:11]
7. Little Lotte [2:34]
8. The Mirror [2:21]
9. The Phantom of the Opera [3:33]
10. The Music of the Night [6:37]
11. Magical Lasso [2:38]
12. I Remember/Stranger Than You Dreamt It [3:46]
13. Notes [7:28]
14. Prima Donna [3:34]
15. Poor Fool, He Makes Me Laugh [3:01]
16. Death From Above [4:09]
17. Why Have You Brought Me Here?/Raoul, I've Been There [2:54]
18. All Is Ask of You [5:29]
19. All I Ask of You Reprise [2:26]
20. Masquerade [5:44]
21. Why So Silent? [3:36]
22. Madame Giry's Tale [4:14]
23. Journey to the Cemetery [3:30]
24. Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again [4:08]
25. Wandering Child [1:37]
26. Crossing Swords [2:06]
27. We Have All Been Blind [4:04]
28. Don Juan [2:48]
29. The Point of No Return [5:34]
30. Chandelier Chaos [2:53]
31. Down Once More/Track Down This Murderer [2:56]
32. The Point of No Return Reprise [5:22]
33. A Kiss and a Ring [3:49]
34. Music Over [2:31]
35. Their Beloved [1:42]
36. End Credits (Learn to Be Lovely) [7:30]

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