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Moulin Rouge! (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 1 June 2001 (USA)
A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets.

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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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Also Known As:

Moulin Rouge  »

Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

The film is dedicated to Baz Luhrmann's father, Leonard Luhrmann, who died just as filming was about to begin. Before he passed away, he told his son to focus on the film. When Luhrmann thought about giving up during its hectic production, he remembered his father's words. See more »

Goofs

As Christian sings "Come What May" to Satine during the rehearsals he wears a brown hat in the wide shots, but not visible in the close-ups. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Referenced in Will & Grace: The Third Wheel Gets the Grace (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Elephant Love Medley
Featuring:
"All You Need Is Love"
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
"I Was Made For Lovin' You"
Written by Paul Stanley, Desmond Child and Vini Poncia
"One More Night"
Written by Phil Collins
"Pride (In The Name Of Love)"
Music by U2
Lyrics by Bono and The Edge
"Don't Leave Me This Way"
Written by Kenny Gamble (as Kenneth Gamble), Leon Huff and Cary Gilbert
"Silly Love Songs"
Written by Paul McCartney
"Up Where We Belong"
Written by Jack Nitzsche, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Will Jennings
"Heroes"
Written by David Bowie and Brian Eno
"I Will Always Love You"
Written by Dolly Parton
"Your Song"
Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Performed by Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor and Plácido Domingo (as Placido Domingo)
Produced by Blam, Josh G. Abrahams, Craig Armstrong and Marius De Vries (as Marius Devries)
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This is a musical for people who don't like musicals.
8 October 2001 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

This was easily one of the best movies I've seen in years. Rarely do movies have a visual force capable of stunning you into rapt silence; and even more rare are films able to further this with a soundtrack that can move you and ensnare you as well, if not better, than the images. Yet some how, through genius, magic, luck, or some combination, Moulin Rouge has managed to do both. In truth Moulin Rouge is a fusion of two fabulous films into one. A film of images capable of conveying meaning without dialog or music, and a film which you could feel and understand with out needing to see it. Much effort was obviously spent on both the visual and audio aspects of this film, and by choosing not to focus on one over the other, and sacrifice the songs for the story or vice versa, the filmmakers were able to make a truly unique, modern musical which those of us who have hated musical since childhood could enjoy. Moulin Rouge is a blend of old, established techniques with innovative experimental ones, resulting in a movie which could only have been made in our time, yet which has a classic feel. The acting is wonderful, the mixture of modern songs is ingenious, and the cinematography is at times simply amazing. The end result is a stunning film with unbelievable performances; a cinematic experience that people will be loving, analyzing and trying to imitate for year.


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