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A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets in this stylish musical, with music drawn from familiar 20th century sources.

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The year is 1899, and Christian, a young English writer, has come to Paris to follow the Bohemian revolution taking hold of the city's drug and prostitute infested underworld. And nowhere is the thrill of the underworld more alive than at the Moulin Rouge, a night club where the rich and poor men alike come to be entertained by the dancers, but things take a wicked turn for Christian as he starts a deadly love affair with the star courtesan of the club, Satine. But her affections are also coveted by the club's patron: the Duke. A dangerous love triangle ensues as Satine and Christian attempt to fight all odds to stay together but a force that not even love can conquer is taking its toll on Satine... Written by O.G.

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Believe In Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and above all things, Love. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 June 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Moulin Rouge  »

Box Office

Budget:

$52,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$167,540 (USA) (18 May 2001)

Gross:

$57,386,369 (USA) (19 April 2002)
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The majority of the Can Can dancers at the Moulin Rouge have a specifically designed 'persona', most of them based on different male fetishes. The full list of names of the Can Can dancers and their 'persona' is as follows: Antoinette - Based on the famous French Queen, Marie-Antoinette. Arabia - Based on Arabian courtesan garb. Babydoll - Dressed in Infant Clothing (Often mistook for Bo Peep) Chinadoll - Dressed in Chinese silks. Dominatrix - Self explanatory. French Maid - Self explanatory. Garden Girl - A hippie/bohemian/earthy seeming girl. Gypsy - Self explanatory. Harlequin - Based on a court jester's diamond patterned costume. Historic - Based on the Statue of Liberty. Juno - Dressed as an Angel. Liberty - Dressed in 'Napoleonic' garb. Mome Fromage - Dressed in candy/cake/confectionery type colors and fabrics. Nini Legs-In-The-Air - Costume decorated with windmills, as the character is said to have the best legs in the Moulin Rouge and is always showing them off, waving her legs around, likening her legs to a windmill. Dances in the center. Pearly Queen - Decorated in sophisticated clothing; pearls, furs, jewels. Petite Princess - A dwarf woman in a princess costume. Polka Dot- a spirit of winter with evergreen trees drawn on her dress. Schoolgirl - Self explanatory (strongly resembles Gigi (1958) or Madeline (1952)). Spanish - Dressed in a flowing, veiled Spanish costume. Tarot - Costume is decorated with various imagery from tarot cards. Tartan - Costume is a full traditional Scottish Garb, with the skirt designed to look like a kilt. Tattoo - Dancer is covered entirely from the neck down in tattoos. Travesty - Cross-dresser, upper half is of an upper-class man; top hat, tuxedo, and bow tie. Dances with Nini. Urchin - Dressed as a poor street girl (strongly resembles Eponine from Great Performances: Les Misérables in Concert (1995)); bowler hat, patchwork costume. See more »

Goofs

The color of Satine's lipstick during the opening sequence for "Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Toulouse-Lautrec: [singing] There was a boy, a very strange enchanted boy...
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Crazy Credits

The ending credits are printed on two (very long) hand painted rolls of paper. The camera is still while the paper is scrolled past. The place where the two pieces are joined is clearly visible. The crew tried to hide the splice, but couldn't make it look good enough, and so decided to keep it as seen in the movie. See more »

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References The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Diamond Dogs
Written by David Bowie
Performed and Produced by Beck
Beck performs courtesy of Geffen Records
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Spectacular! Spectacular! A unique masterpiece to be seen again and again!
29 June 2001 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

I have now seen Moulin Rouge more times than I should say and I have noticed something new and unique every time. This film is so intricate (and beautiful) that you cannot possibly absorb it all in one viewing. Luhrman (along with his Bazmark production team) really is a visionary and his films push the limits in such amazing ways. The music, the sets, the choreography - all of it is awe-inspiring. Ewan McGregor proves his versatility as an actor yet again by bringing such a heartfelt innocence to Christian - and the man can sing! Nicole Kidman went from being just another actress to me to one of my favorites - she takes on the role of Satine so honestly and proves that she not only has a comedic side but a great voice as well. Together the two of them light up the screen. In a year of mostly mediocre films (with a few notable exceptions) Moulin Rouge is totally refreshing. It not only promotes truth, beauty, freedom, and love but is a perfect example of them as well. Luhrman himself said that it was time for a new kind of storytelling and he was right! Open your mind and enjoy one of the most original movie experiences in years. A bohemian storm is brewing!


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