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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?


Zidler appears to be a stand-in for Charles Zidler, the first manager of the real Moulin Rouge who died in 1897. See more »


Christian repeatedly refers to the "magical sitar player" falling from the ceiling during the climactic scene. It's actually the magical sitar that falls, not the sitar player. See more »


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

When the film's title is shown, a silhouette of a cutout can-can dancer dances across the title card, with other silhouettes of men in top hats below her. See more »


Spoofs Hello, Dolly! (1969) 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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Stunning Bag Of Wind
23 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I wonder if that line from the Duke "I don't care about your ridiculous dogma" was directed to Lars Von Triar. It could be, the film is full of knowing lines "He could make you a star and you're dallying with the writer!" or "They dressed me with the Argentinean's best clothes and passed me for a famous English writer" There is something of Ken Russell's second period in "Moulin Rouge" Everything is emphasized, underlined and repeated at least three times for safety. Excess seem a rather feeble term to describe it and yet, it works. The film, for the most part, is a delight. Nicole Kidman, ravishing and spectacular, spectacular. Ewan McGregor, superb, and so charismatic that no one would blame me if I confess I had a had crush on him as soon as he broke into "The Hills are alive with the sound of music..." Kidman and McGregor, this film proves it, are the closest thing we've had in years to the big stars of yesteryear. They could make anything shine and they have. Another detail that shouldn't go amiss, "Moulin Rouge" opened the door again for musicals and that's always a good thing even if we're bound to be bombarded by some terrible stuff. I say it doesn't matter as long as it allows glorious film talents of the caliber of Kidman and McGregor to give us the pleasures they have even in a bag of wind such as "Moulin Rouge"

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