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This is my favorite movie of all time!!!


The 1990 Phantom of the Opera is my favorite movie of all time!! I love Charles Dance in this movie, he is my favorite actor of all time!! I have watched this movie at least 100 times and have never gotten bored ever..If I didn't know this was a movie I would say The Phantom/Charles Dance was really in love with Christine/Teri Polo..That's how great he is..He is so romantic..He's the most romantic phantom ever..To me, he is so much better than Lon Chaney..I don't have to see his face, I see the most important parts, the eyes and mouth..I just love this movie!!!

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I concur. This version of POTO is most excelent. I watch it all the time. I actually saw it when it originally aired back in 1990. My mom recorded it and me and her watched it constantly. Now I have it on DvD and I still watch it constantly :D. I'll never ever get tired of watching it and someday, I'll watch it with my own daughter. Charles Dance is so hot as the phantom!

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I wouldn't say this movie is perfect, but it's certainly the best of all the film versions I've seen (about 10 of them.)Charles Dance and Burt Lancaster were good together, it had beautiful sets, and overall, the movie was engaging with interesting characters. My favorite tellings of the story are still the Webber musical, and Susan Kay's book "Phantom," but I liked this movie.
I absolutely recommend it to fans of POTO. On the OTHER hand, some BAD ones to avoid are:
"Il Fantasma dell Opera" (1998, Dir. by Dario Argento)

"Phantom of the Mall." (1989, starring Morgan Fairchild)

These two were so unbelivably BAD, my brain cells cringe when I remember watching them.

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You have excellent taste in actors! I will spend hours watching Charles Dance act. In fact, I would spend a lot of time watching him walk through a grocery store. But if I get to choose, I would rather see him in "Pascali's Island" or "White Mischief." More Charles, less music. The arias from Faust, etc. are gorgeous but Kopit-Yeston's music is very uneven.

ShouldBwriting

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Wow, what a thrill to find other people who remember and love this movie as much as i do. i had lost the tape with part two , so very happy to hear it's now on dvd. i always thought this was the best version on the story with Burt Lancaster's character being a eloquent way to give more of th phantom's personal story. Plus so much more to love, his lair, the music, all of it really. Can't wait to track it down and watch it again after all these years. :)

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You sent this so long ago I have no idea if you will get it. But had to tell you that I feel the same way you do. I have seen it more times than I can count. I wish that I had a "real" copy, but I video taped it when it was shown on the TV series. I have never heard of Charles Dance, I am sorry to say, except for this movie. I have been extremely taken by him. I just today pulled my movie & am enjoying it again. So went into Google to see if I could find anything about him & was referred to this interesting website. Hope you get this. Great to have someone out there who shares a love like this. I even like it better than the new Phantom which I have only seen on stage not the new movie. Will see it, however, as I love all versions of the "Phantom." I'm looking for the book released years ago in France.
Bye for now.
Sharon

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I will say this: No one and I mean NO ONE will ever love Charles Dance as the Phantom as much as I do. I am more taken by Charles than I ever thought I could ever be with an actor. I am so taken by him that I would even pay to watch him pump gas into his car at a gas station.

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Charles Dance has the grace the integrity and the most important the voice! In my opinion he is the best phantom so far. His talent and the way he portrayed Erik…I think he is the Angel of music though never mentioned in the movie.
I like very much Teri Polo too. She is like Leroux envisioned Christine. Fair, timid with pure childlike eyes. Phantom and Christine share a unique bonding. She respects him, loves him with her own way.
Burt Lancaster makes an interesting father figure. His relationship with Erik is very complex. He loves his child, he feels shame for him. In the same time he feels guilty and protects Erik. But the burden of an untold secret isolates them.
This is a very good movie. The new one is interesting with beautiful music but bad singers! Gerard Butler is just a caricature for me. I really hate his voice! I just see an actor with a mask not the phantom. And Rossum! She is very pretty but her voice is weak and she must try to be better actress.
If you want to see more Charles Dance Erik here’s a link with many photos!!

http://photobucket.com/albums/v650/cdcaps/

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Well I have totally fallen in love with Charles as an actor because of his Phantom, more than I ever thought I could ever fall in love with an actor!!! Charles is the best, always was the best and always will be the best!!! I love British men but man Charles is one of a kind!!! His voice is just breathtaking!!! I love him!!! I would pay anything to just see him from a distance, let alone up close!!!

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Princessmagical I think this is not so difficult! Perhaps you know about the Charlie’s Angels. It is a group of very loyal and special ladies. So loyal that they traveled to see him! They say his is very kind and warm. A gentleman! Oh! And they wined a kiss! So if you are brave..
Here is the site!

http://www.charlesdance.co.uk/

I agree with you Charles is a fine actor and for me this movie is a masterpiece.
Sorry for my poor English…

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I love this movie too and it is still perhaps my favorite film adaption and i have almost evry one of them on VHS. I was wondering id any of you people that have this on dvd might also have a burner so i can have it on dvd. I just tried to buy it on amazon.com but it is now out of print and ebay only has the korean issue and i don't trust buying anything from korea with cash.

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i thought the same thing, handsome phantom but now im madly in love with the 2004 movie version of the phantom ( gerard butler is so handsome, even being disfigured, michael crawford played the best of all the phantoms on broadway if u never seen it, u really missed the best

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After wanting to see this movie for months, I finally got the dvd yesterday, and have watched it twice! I have to say, this is definitely my favorite film version of POTO. 1925 is really good, and 1943 is quite funny (to me at least), and 2004 is eh, but this, this one is just amazing! Charles Dance's voice is so beautiful, with his little British accent and everything. I was dying while watching it. His eyes are soooo beautiful too! But, though this is my favorite movie verison, it's not my favorite POTO version in general. I'd have to say ALW's musical is my favorite (yes, even more so than the book). Michael Crawford is also my favorite Phantom, but Dance comes in close (after Hugh Panaro of course!).

I love this movie though. I love the end too. It's done so beautifully!

-Brianna

"None of us can choose where we will love."
-Erik

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"Charles Dance's voice is so beautiful, with his little British accent and everything."

I am a litte bit bewildered by the comment on his accent. Maybe any of you that have British or American English as a native language can enlighten me.

To me it sounds like Charles Dance is trying to use an American accent in this movie. I thought the reason could be that the rest of the cast - the majority at least - seems to be American and that he did not want to differ too much. He sounds more Brittish in other roles (e.g. as Mr Tulkinghorn in Bleak House: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yX6OVSLrUEg & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSTrFdV0Fyw&NR=1 or Mr de Winter in Rebecca: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyhA87CNzRo).

The timbre is still stunning though :-)


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I saw the miniseries when it first aired back in 1990 when it first aired and have been in love with it ever since! I do remember when the Phantom first spoke, I found myself thinking, "Is the Phantom supposed to be a Southerner?" I'm from the American South (Georgia), and it honestly sounds like Charles Dance has a bit of a Southern drawl here! (Not to the extent of saying "y'all", but still...) I've read a book theorizing that eastern US regional accents originated in the parts of England from which the first English colonists came (the Southern colonists came from one part of England, the New England colonists came from another part, the Appalachian mountaineers came from the Scottish border region, etc.). So maybe Charles Dance is from the part of England that sent the English colonists to the South? (By the way, this would not have matched Burt Lancaster, who was from New York.) Maybe since this story was set in Paris everybody should have tried a French accent? Or would that have been too silly?

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It just gets better and better with every view. It's never going to be topped ever!!

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