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Moulin Rouge! (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Musical, Romance  |  1 June 2001 (USA)
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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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Storyline

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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Drama | Musical | Romance

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

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Release Date:

1 June 2001 (USA)  »

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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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Trivia

Filming was halted for two weeks in November 1999 after Nicole Kidman fractured two ribs and injured her knee while rehearsing a dance routine for the film. Many of the scenes where she is seen only from the chest up, including "A real actress!", were shot while she was in a wheelchair. See more »

Goofs

When Satty begins to play the piano in El Tango de Roxanne, Christian can be seen strolling along the sidelines of the ballroom. He passes the same man and woman three times, twice in a far shot and once close. See more »

Quotes

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

At the end of the film the following title cards are displayed: This story is about / TRUTH / BEAUTY / FREEDOM / But above all / LOVE. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Hello, Dolly! (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

ZIDLER'S RAP (Medley)
Featuring:
"Zidler's Rap"
Written by Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce, and Marius De Vries (as Marius Devries)
Performed by Jim Broadbent
Produced by Blam, Josh G. Abrahams, and Marius De Vries (as Marius Devries)
"Lady Marmalade"
Written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan
Performed by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, and Pink
Produced by Missy Elliott (as Missy Elliott) for Mass Confusion Productions Inc. and Rockwilder for F-5 Productions Inc.
Christina Aguilera performs courtesy of The RCA Music Group
Lil' Kim performs courtesy of Queen Bee Entertainment Inc./Undeas/
Atlantic Recording Corporation
Mya performs courtesy of A&M Records
Pink performs courtesy of Laface Records
"Smells Like Teen Spirit"
Written by Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl
Produced by Danny Saber
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The most original and groundbreaking movie of recent history
3 February 2003 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

I have seen Moulin Rouge at least 25 times. I think it is the most extraordinary movie of my generation and breaks every limit set by the industry. I have heard all the traditional complaints...people didn't like the music, the editing was too swift, or it wasn't "their taste". Moulin Rouge took a risk. A risk films like A Beautiful Mind and Shakespeare in Love don't. It risked by being controversial. To make a likeable movie isn't hard, follow the Hollywood mold and stick in a few attractive actors, some bland dialogue and viola you have a film. Moulin Rouge was made knowing that not everyone would like it, but knowing everyone would at least appreciate it for its artistic ingenuity. Visually it is superb, an indulgent feast for the eyes with every breathtaking, artistic scene. Everything about it is over the top, every scene more stunning than the next, and as it continues your heart becomes more and more intertwined in the love story. The editing in the Roxanne scene rushes through your body and is the most incredible of any movie in history. Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGreggor are the most passionate on-screen couple; entirely convincing as their voices meld them together into one. Never has a movie done what Moulin Rouge did. It realized that the world of film is only being represented in one small way, whereas Moulin Rouge uses a camera and screen to make something bigger and more extraordinary than has ever been made before. It pushes against the confines of convention and leaves you breathless.


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