MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 186 this week

Moulin Rouge! (2001)

 -  Drama | Musical | Romance  -  1 June 2001 (USA)
7.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 199,379 users   Metascore: 66/100
Reviews: 2,307 user | 202 critic | 35 from Metacritic.com

A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets in this stylish musical, with music drawn from familiar 20th century sources.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 29 Sep 2011
 
a list of 46 titles
created 02 Oct 2012
 
a list of 29 titles
created 27 Dec 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 15 Oct 2013
 
a list of 22 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Moulin Rouge!" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Moulin Rouge! (2001)

Moulin Rouge! (2001) on IMDb 7.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Moulin Rouge!.

User Polls

Won 2 Oscars. Another 82 wins & 106 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.

Director: Baz Luhrmann
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo
Chicago (2002)
Comedy | Crime | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.

Director: Rob Marshall
Stars: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere
Australia (2008)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces firsthand.

Director: Baz Luhrmann
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Shea Adams
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A young soprano becomes the obsession of a disfigured musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opéra House.

Director: Joel Schumacher
Stars: Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson
Mamma Mia! (2008)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular '70s group ABBA.

Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Stars: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried
Grease (1978)
Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

Director: Randal Kleiser
Stars: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing
Burlesque I (2010)
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A small-town girl ventures to Los Angeles and finds her place in a neo-burlesque club run by a former dancer.

Director: Steve Antin
Stars: Cher, Christina Aguilera, Alan Cumming
Moulin Rouge (1952)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Fictional account of French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Director: John Huston
Stars: José Ferrer, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Colette Marchand
The Others (2001)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Fionnula Flanagan
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives for ever.

Director: Tom Hooper
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.

Director: John Madden
Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush
Drama | Fantasy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The music of the Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist.

Director: Julie Taymor
Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Garry McDonald ...
...
The Unconscious Argentinean
Matthew Whittet ...
Kerry Walker ...
Caroline O'Connor ...
Christine Anu ...
Arabia
...
China Doll
Lara Mulcahy ...
Môme Fromage
...
Audrey
...
Edit

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Every man wanted her. But One man dared to love her. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

| |

Release Date:

1 June 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Moulin Rouge  »

Box Office

Budget:

$52,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$173,895 (Austria) (19 October 2001)

Gross:

$57,386,369 (USA) (19 April 2002)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The hand painted scrolls used in the credits were painted in irregular aspect ratio in order to be filmed correctly. See more »

Goofs

Satine's accent changes noticeably throughout the movie. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Toulouse-Lautrec: [singing] There was a boy, a very strange enchanted boy...
See more »

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Chicago (2002) 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)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
One of the few movies out there worth watching several times, just because of the sheer visual and musical enchantment. **** (out of four)

MOULIN ROUGE! / (2001) **** (out of four)

By Blake French:

"Moulin Rouge!" revives our imagination and relives the musical era of Hollywood. The film is like an extravagant, expensive Broadway production on screen, with enough open courage, engrossing passion, and zesty energy for several motion pictures. It's one of the year's best films; "Moulin Rouge!" may be a cliché-ridden love triangle, but Baz Luhrmann, the film's director, shines a fresh, stunning originality on a familiar plot. He creates a candid, exuberant style for his characters-a mixture between a fast-paced music video and lush, exotic images. He uses a vast variety of camera placements and shooting angles. In several of the songs, he cuts on nearly every word. This does indeed make us dizzy, but it is the perfect approach to the material.

From the opening moments, "Moulin Rouge!" plays full force, overpowering our senses. The film doesn't even wait for its opening credits to begin. The usual 20th Century Fox logo appears on the screen within a screen as a little bald musician rises from the bottom, and continues to frantically conduct the traditional Fox fanfare. From this, we cut to "The Sound of Music," where young writer morns over the loss of his true love. The film includes an interesting use of the bookend structure, and I like how it reveals the information about the main character's deadly disease early. This is the kind of movie that does not need to astonish us with sudden plot twists or unexpected character revelations. The joy of watching "Moulin Rouge!" is in the visual stimulation; the plot is more interested in its own character's discoveries than playing mind games with the audience.

Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman prove that they can really sing. Most of the time, celebrity singers turn to the silver screen with a lot of star power but little acting ability. Look at LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Jennifer Lopez, and I just know Brittany Spears is going to turn up in a movie one of these days. "Moulin Rouge" may be one of the first movies to open musical doors for its leading performers. Even Jim Broadbent proves to be well cast in a crazy, intensified character that he really sinks his teeth into. I will never look at any of these stars in the same light again, even, to my great reluctance, John Leguizamo.

The film takes place in the early 19th century, as Christian (McGregor) enters Paris hoping to write love stories. Several peculiar figures live above him, including the French artist Toulouse-Lautrec (Leguizamo) and his Bohemian troupe attempting to construct a play. After a freak accident, Christian is suddenly thrust into the middle of their play. The crew hires him as the star writer. He then takes a visit to the flirtatious Moulin Rouge night club, ran by the robust Harold Zinder (Jim Broadbent). It is here where he tries to persuade the club's popular, sexy lead performer and courtesan, Satine (Kidman), to work in their production.

After mistaking Christian for a rich and powerful aristocrat, The Duke (Richard Roxburgh), Satine falls in love with Christian, much to the dismay of many. However, she believes herself to be a simple prostitute, who should never fall in love because it will get in the way of success. When the Duke agrees to produce a major production at the Moulin Rogue, but only under his circumstances, things become even more complicated. The Duke demands that Satine becomes his personal property if Harold and the others want his financial support.

Obviously, the best thing in "Moulin Rouge!" is the music. Apart from the cast, the film's big list of musical artists includes David Bowe, Christina Aguilera, Mya, Pink, Fatboy Slim, Beck, and many others. The kind of music that plays here does not account for a period epic at all, however. "Moulin Rouge!" doesn't try to be a historic depiction, but instead an expression of fantasy and passion. The elegant sets, eventful style, and powerful choreography scream modern day, post-pop-culture. I ran out to purchase the motion picture soundtrack. You should, too. But listening to the soundtrack on your CD player at home is nothing like experiencing the memorable singing and dancing, sexual energy, and relentless enthusiasm on the big screen.

As I say in very few film critiques, some movies are you watch, others you experience. "Moulin Rouge" is an experience not to be missed. It is a bizarre, unique blend of exhaustive energy and lively action-one of the bravest, most ambitious and entertaining movies of the year.


208 of 309 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
God-awful nicole-albrecht93
I just don't get it... patchdyer
Were you aware all the time that... johnny-victor
5 Favorite Movie Musicals bmw2009
So Broadway made a musical out of Spider Man, but not this? jennifer-dagostino
I can't believe Ewan doesn't sing more. piratelover71
Discuss Moulin Rouge! (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?