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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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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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This is a story about LOVE, Music is the food of LOVE, Nothing matters but 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:

$52,500,000 (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

The storyline can be traced back to Alexandre Dumas père, fils' The Lady of the Camellias, although Baz Luhrmann, as an opera director, was probably more directly influenced by Verdi's adaptation, La traviata. See more »

Goofs

Just after Chocolat leaves the passed out Satine (recovering from her fall from the swing) and returns to the dance floor he goes from having a rhinestone top hat on to having no hat at all and back again about 4 times. See more »

Quotes

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

The ending credits are printed on two (very long) hand painted rolls of paper. The camera is still while the paper is scrolled past. The place where the two pieces are joined is clearly visible. The crew tried to hide the splice, but couldn't make it look good enough, and so decided to keep it as seen in the movie. See more »

Connections

References Metropolis (1927) See more »

Soundtracks

El Tango de Roxanne (Medley)
Featuring:
"Roxanne"
Written by Sting
Performed by Ewan McGregor, José Feliciano (as Jose Feliciano), Jacek Koman and Richard Roxburgh
Jose Feliciano performs courtesy of Universal Music Latino
"Le Tango du Moulin Rouge"
Music by Mariano Mores (as Marianito Mores)
Lyrics by Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce
Performed by Ewan McGregor, José Feliciano, Jacek Koman and Richard Roxburgh
Jose Feliciano performs courtesy of Universal Music Latino
"Come What May"
Written by David Baerwald
Performed by Nicole Kidman
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Spectacular! Spectacular! A unique masterpiece to be seen again and again!
29 June 2001 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

I have now seen Moulin Rouge more times than I should say and I have noticed something new and unique every time. This film is so intricate (and beautiful) that you cannot possibly absorb it all in one viewing. Luhrman (along with his Bazmark production team) really is a visionary and his films push the limits in such amazing ways. The music, the sets, the choreography - all of it is awe-inspiring. Ewan McGregor proves his versatility as an actor yet again by bringing such a heartfelt innocence to Christian - and the man can sing! Nicole Kidman went from being just another actress to me to one of my favorites - she takes on the role of Satine so honestly and proves that she not only has a comedic side but a great voice as well. Together the two of them light up the screen. In a year of mostly mediocre films (with a few notable exceptions) Moulin Rouge is totally refreshing. It not only promotes truth, beauty, freedom, and love but is a perfect example of them as well. Luhrman himself said that it was time for a new kind of storytelling and he was right! Open your mind and enjoy one of the most original movie experiences in years. A bohemian storm is brewing!


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