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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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Taglines:

Truth - Beauty - Freedom - Love See more »

Genres:

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

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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Various tricks were used to make John Leguizamo's (Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa) legs appear shorter. Some shots are of his stand-in who was of the correct height, while in others he walked on his knees in special leg braces and wearing blue socks so that his lower legs could be digitally removed. Leguizamo did the entire climactic scene from a squatting position to give him greater mobility in his role. Consequently he had to endure several weeks of physical therapy afterwards. See more »

Goofs

During the Green Fairy "Sound of Music" song, while Christian and the Bohemians are standing and singing outside of the "L'amour" apartment, Toulouse raises his leg and you can see a knee instead of his foot. 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

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.55 (2012) 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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If this movie moved you, stop seeing movies all together!!!!
27 January 2002 | by (nebraska) – See all my reviews

This film was visually stunning and was shot in a unique style. Unfortunately this isn't a painting and a film can't be given a A just for how it looks on the outside. Just like the new Planet of the Apes, this film was nice to look at but I just wanted to hit the mute button so many times during my viewing. Truly a ghastly film and if it wins best picture over...well anything it would be time to do some national soul searching concerning what kinds of crap we're giving anyone with the first name Baz to make films.


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