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This adaptation of Gaston Leroux's indefatigable "grand guignol" piece The Phantom of the Opera stars British actor Charles Dance as Erik the Phantom. This adaptation by playwright Arthur Kopit soft-pedals the horrific elements of the story to concentrate on the love the tragic Erik bears toward innocent chorus singer Teri Polo. The film boasts a stronger supporting cast than was usual for a TV movie, including Burt Lancaster (as the masked phantom's father), Ian Richardson and Jean-Pierre Cassel. The 1990 Phantom of the ...

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May 15, 2010

Almost Perfection

This is the finest production of the story of the phantom I have ever seen. It has a bit of everything (with superb performances by Charles Dance and Burt Lancaster), including comic relief, pathos, concurent love stories, etc. The phantom is presented as a tragic figure, molded by circumstances beyond his control, indulged by his father (Lancaster), and provoked by the insensitivies of others. One cannot help but empathize with him, and will probably be brought to tears by the sadness of the ending, as I have been every time the film is screened.


Oct 28, 2008

Best Adaptation

I loved this movie. It isy favorite of all the phantom films. Its based an the Yeston play but its the story. The music from the play isn't in the movie, instead actual opera collections are used.

This version was filmed in the Paris opera house where the book takes place. Naturally the film as a beautiful location. The onlky set, the lagoon, is convincingly done.

Teri Polo( meet the parents) and Charles Dance( Alien 3) star in this lavish film. Romanic and well acted the film is the most enjoyable of all other phantom productions. The underground forest scene is the highlight of the mini series. The film does an excellent job of dealing with Erik( aka The Phantom) and Christine. Christine does love Erik, but still is in love with Comte Phillipe de Chagny. It keeps the viewer guessing on what will happen. There are plenty of plot twists such as old loves, secret fathers, and motives. This movie basically deals with the reasons behind the character's actions.

The singing is well done. One cannot even tell the dubbing of the singers. Tero Polo did sing herself before receiving Erik's lessons.

This is very hard to find, but its well worth buying. Any Phantom Fan would love it in their collection.

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