Andrew Lloyd Webber's The phantom of the opera - Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson, Joel Schumacher
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The world's biggest musical!
Another telling of the popular Broadway musical, based on Gaston Leroux's original novel, this new version will be directed by Joel Schumacher. The story is about a deranged, disfigured masked man, the Phantom (Gerard Butler), who roams around the Paris Opera House, haunting the actors and actresses. He falls for the young soprano, Christine Daae (Emmy Rossum), and tutors her so well she passes another soprano (Minnie Driver) as the city's best. He's smitten and wants Christine for his own, but she still has feelings for a childhood love, Raoul Viscount de Changey (Patrick Wilson). Feeling betrayed, the Phantom kidnaps Christine with plans to make her his eternal bride.
Persons of interest
- Gerard Butler .... The Phantom
- Emmy Rossum .... Christine Daae
- Patrick Wilson .... Raoul Viscount de Changey
- 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
- James Fleet .... Lefevre
- Gaston Leroux .... Author: Le fantôme de l'opéra
- Andrew Lloyd Webber .... Musical librettist
- Richard Stilgoe .... Musical librettist
- Joel Schumacher .... Director
Cinematic intelligence sources
- Andrew Lloyd Webber's The phantom of the opera official movie site
- Andrew Lloyd Webber's The phantom of the opera film production notes
- Andrew Lloyd Webber's The phantom of the opera QuickTime movie trailers
- Awards and film festivals:
- Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS - Oscars) 2005: Nominated: Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Original Song
- Bangkok International Film Festival 2005: Gala
- Cinematic Intelligence Agency Trenchcoat Awards 2004: Nominated: Best composer (Andrew Lloyd Webber)
- Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Golden Globes) 2004: Nominated: Best Motion Picture - Musical Or Comedy, Best Performance By An Actress - Musical Or Comedy (Emmy Rossum), Best Original Song - Motion Picture (Learn to be lonely - Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart)
- International Press Academy Golden Satellite Awards 2004: Nominated: Actress In A Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical (Emmy Rossum), Actor In A Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical (Gerard Butler), Actress In A Supporting Role - Comedy Or Musical (Minnie Driver), Actor In A Supporting Role - Comedy Or Musical (Patrick Wilson), Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical, Screenplay - Adapted (Joel Schumacher), Nominated: Original Song (Learn to be lonely - Andrew Lloyd Weber), Cinematography (John Mathieson), Sound - Editing and Mixing (Tom Dawe, Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer, Martin Evans), Art Direction and Production Design (Anthony Pratt, Celia Bobak), Costume Design (Alexandra Byrne)
- Visual Effects Society Awards 2005: Nominated: Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Motion Picture - Opening Shot (Claas Henke, Laurent Ben-Mimoun, Anupam Das), Outstanding Compositing in a Motion Picture - Opening Shot (Claas Henke, Laurent Ben-Mimoun, Anupam Das)
- Studios and distributors:
Special Agent Matti
This version of The phantom of the opera disappointed me, even though it did help to explain some stuff from the stage version. Here are the Rules of Musicals™:
- Cast people who can sing all the notes without transposing the key or dropping/jumping an octave.
- Cast people who can act/perform the role.
- Cast people who look the part.
- Cast people who are famous.
- Don't let the director get creative: the notes are there to be sung, not "performed".
Phantom doesn't adhere to all these rules; you can have fun picking the bits where they cheated.
Security censorship classification
PG (Medium level violence)
141 minutes (2:21 hours)