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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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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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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

Several character names are updated from Giacomo Puccini's opera La Boheme. Marcello the painter became Mark the filmmaker; Rudolfo the poet became Roger the musician; Colline the philosopher became Tom Collins. Benoit the landlord became Benny married-to-the-daughter-of-the-landlord, Musetta became Maureen, and Alcindoro the rich elderly man became Joanne the young female lawyer. Schaunard the musician became Angel. Mimi the young downstairs neighbor has the same name in both shows. Joanne also shares the role of Marcello with Mark. Mark represents Marcello as the best friend of Rodolfo/Roger, and Joanne represents Marcello as the jealous lover of Musetta/Maureen. See more »

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Throughout the movie, Mark and Roger's answering machines repeatedly switches between answering after one ring and answering after two rings. A person could argue that the number of rings was changed by either Mark or Roger, but at the beginning of the movie, on Christmas day, it rings a different number of times for Maureen's call than it does for the call from Mark's parents, and no one has made any changes to the machine. 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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Referenced in Music Movies: Repo: The Genetic Opera (2011) See more »

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Without You
Written by Jonathan Larson
Performed by Rosario Dawson and Adam Pascal
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An excellent adaptation of the stage musical
4 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Rent" is an excellent adaptation of the stage musical. It is handsomely filmed and very well acted. The movie version takes the story out into city's real locations.

Most of this movie is singing, but it is so well done it never breaks the 'suspension of disbelief' that as an audience we grant the fiction we are watching.

This 'rock operetta' is about a group loft-dwelling 'Bohemian' New Yorkers, some of whom have AIDS. The stage version has a devoted following of 'Rentheads' including director Chris Columbus, for whom this film was a labor of love.

I saw it with several young people and they really connected with the story's message of friendship, tolerance and living every day to the fullest. Some elderly members of the audience thought the music was being played too loud and they couldn't identify with the lifestyle depicted in the story.

This movie could attain the cult status of the stage musical.


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