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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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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


$52,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$57,386,369 (USA) (19 April 2002)

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


For much of the film, Audrey (David Wenham) is wearing a long, colorful scarf very reminiscent of the trademark scarf worn by Tom Baker on Doctor Who (1963). The scarf Baker wore was inspired by a long red scarf worn in the painting "Ambassadeurs: Aristide Bruant dans son cabaret" by famous bohemian Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, who is a character in this movie. See more »


Before Satine sings the final "Come What May" there are tears streaming down her face and gook coming out of her nose. After the cut-away, her makeup is clean and her nose is beautiful. See more »


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

Curtains open at the beginning and close at the end of the movie. And at the bottom of the screen you can see an orchestra conductor. See more »


Referenced in Gilmore Girls: Jews and Chinese Food (2005) See more »


Musical score features parts of:
"Gaite Parisienne"
Arranged by Manuel Rosenthal
Written by Jacques Offenbach
"Golden Bowls"
Written and Performed by Richard Karma Moffett
Courtesy of Padma Tapes
"The Lonely Goatherd"
Written by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II
"Nature Boy"
Written by Eden Ahbez
"One Day I'll Fly Away"
Written by Will Jennings and Joe Sample
Written by Mariano Mores (as Marianito Mores)
"Voyage To The Moon"
from 'Orpheus in the Underworld'
Written by Jacques Offenbach
"Your Song"
Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
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User Reviews

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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