Phantom of the Paradise


1h 31m 1974

Brief Synopsis

Rock Opera version of Phantom Of The Opera with elements of Faust. Record producer Swan steals both the music and the girl (Phoenix) from composer Leach. Disfigured Leach plans revenge on Swan and his rock palace, The Paradise, and becomes The Phantom. Leach signs _contract_ with Swan to complete rock opera based on the life of Faust for Phoenix. Double crossed by Swan who hires _heavy metal_ singer Beef. Leach destroys himself and Swan.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Nov 1974
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Magno Sound Inc
Distribution Company
20th Century Fox; 20th Century Fox Distribution
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 31m
Sound
Stereo
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.85 : 1

Synopsis

When a record producer steals a composer's music and girlfriend, the composer becomes "The Phantom" of the producer's rock palace and attempts to exact his revenge.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Nov 1974
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Magno Sound Inc
Distribution Company
20th Century Fox; 20th Century Fox Distribution
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 31m
Sound
Stereo
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.85 : 1

Award Nominations

Best Score

1974

Quotes

I know drug real from real real.
- Beef
Can't you feel the vibes in your own house, man? Bad, sport, real bad. The karma in here is so thick, you need an aqualung to breathe.
- Beef
There really is a phantom. He was just in my shower. He threatened my life. He said his music was for Phoenix. Only she can sing it. Anyone else who tries, dies.
- Beef
If I can't be young forever, I'd rather end it all - now.
- Swan
Don't you hear that crowd down there? Why should I give that up?
- Phoenix
They'll want more. They want much more. More than you could ever give.
- The Phantom
I'll give them whatever they want.
- Phoenix

Trivia

The character Philbin, who is the chief henchman of the villain Swan, borrows his last name from Mary Philbin, star of Phantom of the Opera, The (1925).

The "Death Records" secretary's card index includes files on 'Cooper, Alice' , David Geffen, Bette Midler, 'Fonda, Peter' , Dick Clark and Kris Kristofferson.

On Phoenix's mirror after the concert in which she becomes a star is a magazine ad with the headline "I'm a Harper's Freak". Phoenix was played by Jessica Harper.

At the airport when Beef is introduced, the "Death Records" logo on the podium was superimposed over the original logo for "Swan Song" records to avoid conflict with Led Zeppelin's record label.

The Death Records logo is optically printed over the originally planned "Swan Song" label at several points in the film

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States March 1977

Released in United States October 27, 1989

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1974

Shown at Greater Fort Lauderdale Film Festival (Tribute to Edward Pressman) October 27, 1989.

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1974

Released in United States October 27, 1989 (Shown at Greater Fort Lauderdale Film Festival (Tribute to Edward Pressman) October 27, 1989.)

Released in United States March 1977 (Shown at FILMEX: Los Angeles International Film Exposition (The Mighty Musical Movie Marathon) March 9-27, 1977.)