A lavish action-adventure of swashbuckling romance and mystery based on the popular comic-strip superhero created by Lee Falk. Kit Walker (Billy Zane), a.k.a. the Phantom, must rescue a rich heiress and (Kristy Swanson) prevent a vicious brotherhood of pirates and a ruthless business mogul from bringing an ancient prophecy of power to pass.
Billy Zane - American actor, TITANIC
Alan Ladd Jr. - '90s Producer, son of Alan, Sr., former studio executive
Patrick McGoohan - Actor, Director, THE PRISONER (1960s)
Paddy Fitz - Actor, Director, THE PRISONER (1960s)
Catherine Zeta-Jones - Oscar winning Welsh actress, CHICAGO (2002)
Treat Williams - American Actor
Simon Wincer - TV/Film Director/Producer
James Remar - American character actor
Kristy Swanson - American Actress
Set in the 1930s, this film adaptation of Lee Falk's comic strip brings to life the purple-suited, jungle-dwelling Phantom. What the Phantom lacks in superpowers and gadgetry, he makes up for in courage and heroism. Here, The Phantom is pitted against villainous Xander Drax, a expensive-suited criminal mastermind, who is desperately trying to acquire three skulls, each of which is located in a different part of the world. When united, the skulls give their owner magical powers. The Phantom, along with plucky displaced New Yorker Diana Palmer, set out to stop Drax -- leading to hair-raising, death-defying adventures for the brave pair. But can they thwart the clever Drax before it's too late?
A Village Roadshow Pictures Production. Printed on Eastman Kodak film; prints by DeLuxe. Shot in Panavision. Shot on location in Los Angeles, Thailand, and at Warner Roadshow Movie World Studios - Gold Coast Australia. Released theatrically in the USA June 7, 1996. Soundtrack available on Milan Records. Jim Henson's Creature Shop created the Special Phantom Costume Elements. Special Creative Props and Puppets were designed and created by Chris Walas, Inc. Michelle Lyman, Tristan Maduro, and Bruce Barlow. Copyright 1996 Paramount Pictures.
"...[THE PHANTOM] delivers the shivers..." - 01/23/1998 USA Today, p.7D
"...A pleasingly astute sense of its place in the great scheme of things pulp....[The film] brings a light touch to appealingly old-fashioned action material..." - 06/10/1996 Variety
"...Cheerful and sweet-natured..." - 06/07/1996 Los Angeles Times, p.F1
"...It uses the visual materials of 1930s pulp fiction, adds a touch of film noir, and paints everything in a palette of reds, browns, golden yellows, creams, greens, blacks -- and purples, of course....Smashingly entertaining..." - 06/07/1996 Chicago Sun-Times, p.29