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Phantom of the Paradise Details

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"He sold his soul for rock-n-roll," read the tagline for [[Performer~P17596~Brian De Palma~briandepalma]]'s satirical Phantom of the Opera for the '70s rock scene. After hearing Winslow Leach ([[Performer~P23524~William Finley~williamfinley]]) perform a song from his [[Feature~V16943~Faust~faust]] rock opera, Phil Spector-ish impresario Swan ([[Performer~P218896~Paul Williams~paulwilliams]]) decides that Winslow's opera would be the perfect debut attraction for his new rock palace, the Paradise. Swan steals the music and has Winslow imprisoned -- but not before Winslow meets aspiring songbird Phoenix ([[Performer~P30518~Jessica Harper~jessicaharper]]). Jumping prison, Winslow breaks into Swan's Death Records factory to ruin the recordings, but a record press accident grossly disfigures him. Winslow then sneaks into the Paradise to sabotage Swan's show, disguising himself as the Phantom. Swan, however, cuts a deal with the Phantom to finish his cantata; he promises that Phoenix will sing it but then reneges, hiring prissy glam rocker Beef ([[Performer~P28093~Gerritt Graham~gerrittgraham]]). Determined to have Phoenix sing, the Phantom soon discovers just how far Swan will go to give the people what they want. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

  • Release date:October 31, 1974

Cast

Paul Williams
as Swan
Jessica Harper
as Phoenix
George Memmoli
as Philbin
Gerritt Graham
as Beef
Judy Washington
as Dancer
Harold Oblong
as Musician
Linda Larimer
as Surfgirl
William Shephard
as Rock Freak
Patrice Rohmer
as Groupie
Gary Mallaber
as Band
Robin Mattson
as Groupie
Susan Weiser-Finley
as Dancer
Archie Hahn III
as Singing Group
Jennifer Ashley
as Groupie
Henry Calvert
as Nightwatchman
Carol O'Leary
as Betty Lou
Gene Gross
as Warden
Keith Allison
as Country and Western Singer

Crew

Brian De Palma
Director
Gustave Berne
Producer
Edward R. Pressman
Producer
Paul Lewis
Producer
Brian De Palma
Screenwriter
Larry Pizer
Cinematographer
James Signorelli
Cinematographer
Paul Williams
Composer (Music Score)
Paul Hirsch
Editor
Jack Fisk
Production Designer
Sissy Spacek
Set Designer
Rosanna Norton
Costume Designer
Peter Jamison
Costume Designer
Al Gramaglia
Sound/Sound Designer
Harold Oblong
Choreography
William Shephard
Choreography
Sylvia Fay
Casting
Gary Kent
Unit Production Manager
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