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At Theaters: 12/22/2004 On Video: 5/3/2005
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 23 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 439985
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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Christine is put into the spotlight when temperamental diva La Carlotta walks out in the middle of a dress rehearsal. The Phantom is captivated by her performance and devotes himself to casting his protege as the opera's next star. Christine soon finds herself courted by Vicompte Raoul de Chagny. This enrages the Phantom.
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Musical Romantic - This is an almost entirely sung-through musical romantic drama. Those expecting horror will be disappointed, for this is a date movie/love story all the way. Those who do not take too well to nearly nonstop singing--and especially those who who don't like Andrew Lloyd Webber's music--should be forewarned.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Gerard Butler TIMELINE
Emmy Rossum THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW
Patrick Wilson THE ALAMO
Miranda Richardson GET CARTER, CHICKEN RUN, THE KING AND I
Minnie Driver ELLA ENCHANTED, BEAUTIFUL, RETURN TO ME
Director: Joel Schumacher VERONICA GUERIN, PHONE BOOTH, BAD COMPANY
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Production Notes Heading
A Collaboration 15 Years in the Making
The Cast & Characters
The Music of the Night
Designing the World of the Phantom
Costumes And Makeup
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PROFANITY: 4 miscellaneous profanities
SEX/NUDITY: Some caresses and sensual dancing; brief nonsexual nudity.
VIOLENCE: Hangings and attempted hangings; a swordfight.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: Chases and swordfighting.
COMEDY: Some comic lines and situations.
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Above Average

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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Average The film, like the stage show, contains one great baroque theme and a lot of unmemorable drivel. If you are partial to Lloyd Webber's style, you will at least find "The Phantom of the Opera" palatable. If not, then this will be an endurance contest. This isn't really a film that needs reviewing. Going in, most viewers will know what to expect, and Schumacher's unchallenging style delivers without frills. For some, this will be a new way to enjoy a favorite musical. But for those like me, it's a mostly tedious way to kill 140 minutes.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Good I am recommending a movie that I do not seem to like very much. But part of the pleasure of moviegoing is pure spectacle -- of just sitting there and looking at great stuff and knowing it looks terrific. There wasn't much Schumacher could have done with the story or the music he was handed, but in the areas over which he held sway, he has triumphed. This is such a fabulous production that by recasting two of the three leads and adding some better songs it could have been, well, great.

USA Today Full Review
Good Those who enjoyed Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" on stage surely will like the movie version. And even audiences who are not familiar with the production — one of musical theater's biggest successes since its Broadway debut in 1988 — might be drawn to the slightly more contemporary-sounding and sumptuously staged movie. For those whose primary experience with musicals is on the screen, this melodramatic tale with the familiar soundtrack should hold substantial appeal.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 139 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
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Many
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Would
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Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
10
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
32
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
17
Very High
94%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
34
Very High
94%
30+Adults (M)
17
Very High
100%
30+Adults (F)
29
Very High
97%
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Moviegoer Opinions:

We collected 139 moviegoer opinions. WOW! These are some GREAT OPINIONS! Lots of "Fantastic" opinions and virtually no low opinions. You can't get much better than that. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND "THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA"!

Considering the type of movie this is ("an almost entirely sung-through musical romantic drama") it's apparent that moviegoers knew exactly what they were going to get and enjoyed it. Needless to say, my recommendation ONLY applies to those who enjoy this type of movie.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
His voice calls to her, nurturing her extraordinary talents from the shadows of the opera house where innocent chorus girl Christine Daae (EMMY ROSSUM) makes her home. Only ballet mistress Madame Giry (MIRANDA RICHARDSON) knows that Christine's mysterious "Angel of Music” is actually the Phantom (GERARD BUTLER), a disfigured musical genius who haunts the catacombs of the theatre, terrifying the ensemble of artists who live and work there.

When temperamental diva La Carlotta (MINNIE DRIVER) walks out in the middle of a dress rehearsal for the company's latest production, the theatre's eager new managers (SIMON CALLOW and CIARAN HINDS) have no choice but to thrust Christine into the spotlight.

Her mesmerizing opening night performance captivates both the audience and the Phantom, who devotes himself to casting his protégé as the opera's next star. But he is not the only powerful man to be awed by the young soprano, as Christine soon finds herself courted by the theatre's wealthy patron, the Vicompte Raoul de Chagny (PATRICK WILSON).

Though she is enthralled by her charismatic mentor, Christine is undeniably drawn to the dashing Raoul, enraging the Phantom and setting the stage for a dramatic crescendo in which soaring passions, fierce jealousies and obsessive love threaten to drive the fated lovers past the point of no return.

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