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This is the film version of the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical about Bohemians in the East Village of New York City struggling with life, love and AIDS, and the impacts they have on America.

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Storyline

This rock opera tells the story of one year in the life of a group of bohemians struggling in modern day East Village New York. The story centers around Mark and Roger, two roommates. While a former tragedy has made Roger numb to life, Mark tries to capture it through his attempts to make a film. In the year that follows, the group deals with love, loss, AIDS, and modern day life in one truly powerful story. Written by Alex W

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Love. Hope. Struggle. Triumph. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving drugs and sexuality, and for some strong language | See all certifications »

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23 November 2005 (USA)  »

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Bohém élet  »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,016,021 (USA) (25 November 2005)

Gross:

$29,077,547 (USA) (30 December 2005)
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Trivia

As Roger comes down the stairs after "One Song Glory," there is graffiti on the wall that reads "April Lives". See more »

Goofs

During the song 'La Vie Boheme', right before Mimi and Angel sing their "To handcrafted beers..." line, Mimi is seen beginning to climb onto the table. In the next shot she's sitting in her seat, and climbs onto the table again. See more »

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MarkAngelMaureenRogerCollinsBenjamin Coffin IIIMimi: Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear. Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. How do you measure, measure a year? In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee. In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife. In five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes - how do you measure a year in the life? How about love? How about love? How about love? Measure in love... seasons of love.
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uh......WOW!
7 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Everything said in the first post is pretty much correct - except some minor points. I'm a MAJOR Musical Theater fan, but I've never been much of a 'Rent-head', (I find the story a bit pretentious and self aware - basically a modern version of "Hair") - yet the emotion and energy is real and infectious, fueled by an incredible and memorable score.

As I remember, though, both the songs "Halloween" and "Goodbye, Love" were NOT in the final cut I saw last night (11/6), but the interview with the cast and director was inspirational!

The best factor for me was that Director Columbus made a decision to shoot it AS A MUSICAL and not try to hide it's musical theater roots (like say, "Chicago"). Also, he cast many members of the original cast (a throwback to old movie musicals). These were brave and successful moves, and should finally knock down that door to MORE movie musicals.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


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