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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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Won 2 Oscars. Another 83 wins & 130 nominations. See more awards »



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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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


This story is about love, overcoming all obstacles. See more »


Drama | Musical | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:






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Release Date:

1 June 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Moulin Rouge  »

Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$167,540 (USA) (18 May 2001)


$57,386,369 (USA) (19 April 2002)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Several images (i.e. clowns, men in tuxedos with tutus) are taken from Toulouse-Lautrec's paintings of the Moulin Rouge and nearby clubs. See more »


It has been suggested that the long white coat Christian is wearing on stage (the one he took from the Narcoleptic Argentinean) mysteriously disappears before he begins singing to Satine, but in fact we see him take it off as he walks down the aisle. It does disappear from the floor, but perhaps some helpful theatergoer picked it up while we weren't looking. See more »


[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 »


References An American in Paris (1951) See more »


Musical score features parts of:
"Gaite Parisienne"
Arranged by Manuel Rosenthal
Written by Jacques Offenbach
"Golden Bowls"
Written and Performed by Richard Karma Moffett
Courtesy of Padma Tapes
"The Lonely Goatherd"
Written by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II
"Nature Boy"
Written by Eden Ahbez
"One Day I'll Fly Away"
Written by Will Jennings and Joe Sample
Written by Mariano Mores (as Marianito Mores)
"Voyage To The Moon"
from 'Orpheus in the Underworld'
Written by Jacques Offenbach
"Your Song"
Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
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User Reviews

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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