The Phantom of the Opera (1989)

USA, 1989
35mm film, colour
Ultra Stereo, English

An American horror film directed by Dwight H. Little.

Plot Summary

Singer Christine Day auditions for a show and during her preparations finds a piece of music written by composer Eric Destler 100 years before. Eric had made a deal with the devil to ensure that his music was adored by everyone who hears it, in return for the horrific mutilation of his face. As soon as Christine starts to sing the song, she is transported through time and space from present day New York to 19th century London were she meets Destler, who is haunting the London Opera House as the mysterious Phantom.


Director: Dwight H. Little
21st Century Film Corporation, Breton Film Productions, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Dee Gee Entertainment
Executive Producer: Menahem Golan
Producers: Harry Alan Towers, Menahem Golan
Line Producers: Deborah Del Prete, Gigi Pritzker
Associate Producer: Eliezer Ben-Chorin
Script: Duke Sandefur
Based on a Screenplay By: Gerry O’Hara
Novel: Le fantôme de l’opera by Gaston Leroux
Editor: Charles Bornstein
Music: Misha Segal; Charles Gounod (from Faust)
Production Sound Mixer: Steven J. Rogers
Costume Designer: John Bloomfield
Additional Prosthetic Make Up Effects Design and Creation: Magical Media
Special Effects: Mechanical and Make Up Imageries Inc
Art Director: Tivadar Bertalan

Robert Englund (Eric Destler/The Phantom)
Jill Schoelen (Christine Day)
Alex Hyde-White (Richard Dutton)
Bill Nighy (Barton)
Stephanie Lawrence (Carlotta)
Terence Harvey (Inspector Hawkins)
Nathan Lewis (Davies)
Peter Clapham (Harrison)
Molly Shannon (Meg in New York)
Emma Rawson (Meg in London)
Mark Ryan (Mott)
Yehuda Efroni (the rat catcher)
Terence Beesley (Joseph Buquet)
Ray Jewers (Elise)
Robin Hunter (Roland)
Virginia Fiol (Sarah)
Cathy Murphy (Esther)
Andre Thornton Grimes (bartender)
Jaclyn Mendoza (Maddie)
John Ghavan (dwarf/the Devil)

Alternative Titles

O Fantasma da Ópera-O Filme – Brazil
El fantasma de la ópera – Argentina, Spain
Il fantasma dell’opera – Italy
Le Fantôme de l’opéra – France
Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera – advertising title
Oopperan kummitus – Finland
Phantom der Oper – West Germany
Phantom of the Opera: The Motion Picture



  • Cinefantastique vol.20 no.1/2 (November 1989) p.31 – illustrated article
  • Cinefantastique vol.20 no.4 (March 1990) p.56 – review
  • City Limits no.366 (6 October 1988) p.30 – review
  • City Limits no.454 (14 June 1990) p.33 – review
  • Empire no.14 (August 1990) p.19 – illustrated review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.305 no.29 (20 December 1988) p.31 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.57 no.677 (June 1990) pp.172-173 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Positif no.351 (May 1990) p.77 – review
  • Première March 1990 p.23 – review (by Jean-Philippe Guerand)
  • Samhain no.33 (July/August 1992) pp.20-23 – illustrated article (Gone to the Dog by John Gullidge)
  • Screen International no.671 (24 Deptember 1988) p.1 – note
  • Screen International no.727 (21 October 1989) p.26 – advertisement
  • Screen International no.730 (11 November 1989) p.6 – illustrated review
  • Starburst no.142 (June 1990) pp.22-23 – illustrated review
  • Studio March 1990 p.18 – review (by Catherine Wimphen)
  • Time Out no.1034 (13 June 1990) p.40 – illustrated review
  • Variety 8 November 1989 p.36 – credits, review