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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Garry McDonald ...
The Unconscious Argentinean
Kerry Walker ...
Caroline O'Connor ...
Christine Anu ...
Môme Fromage


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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This movie was launched in Australia to an audience of just 250 people in a small country town called Taree, 200 miles north of Sydney. Baz Luhrmann grew up just outside of Taree where his family owned a gas service-station. The 250 tickets were sold at a local pharmacy. See more »


During "Roxanne", a camera, and a crew member wearing modern shorts, are clearly in shot on the right-hand side of the screen. 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 »


Featured in Secret Voices of Hollywood (2013) See more »


Sparkling Diamonds
"Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend"
Written by Jule Styne and Leo Robin
Performed by Nicole Kidman, Jim Broadbent, Natalie Mendoza (as Natalie Mendoza), Lara Mulcahy, and Caroline O'Connor
Natalie Mendoza performs courtesy of EMI Music Australia Pty (Limited)
"Material Girl"
Written by Peter H. Brown and Robert Rans (as Robert S. Rans)
Performed by Nicole Kidman, Natalie Mendoza (as Natalie Mendoza), Lara Mulcahy, and Caroline O'Connor
Natalie Mendoza performs courtesy of EMI Music Australia Pty (Limited)
Produced by Blam, Josh G. Abrahams, Craig Armstrong, and Marius De Vries (as Marius Devries)
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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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