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Burlesque (I) (2010)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Music, Romance  |  24 November 2010 (USA)
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A small-town girl ventures to Los Angeles and finds her place in a neo-burlesque club run by a former dancer.


(as Steven Antin)


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Cast overview, first billed only:


The Burlesque Lounge has its best days behind it. Tess, a retired dancer and owner of the venue, struggles to keep the aging theater alive, facing all kinds of financial and artistic challenges. With the Lounge's troupe members becoming increasingly distracted by personal problems and a threat coming from a wealthy businessman's quest to buy the spot from Tess, the good fortune seems to have abandoned the club altogether. Meanwhile, the life of Ali, a small-town girl from Iowa, is about to change dramatically. Hired by Tess as a waitress at the Lounge, Ali escapes a hollow past and quickly falls in love with the art of burlesque. Backed by newfound friends amongst the theater's crew, she manages to fulfill her dreams of being on stage herself. Things take a dramatic turn though when Ali's big voice makes her become the main attraction of the revue. Written by Bobby_John

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It takes a LEGEND... to make a STAR


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content including several suggestive dance routines, partial nudity, language and some thematic material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 November 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Burleska  »

Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,947,744 (USA) (26 November 2010)


$39,440,655 (USA) (4 February 2011)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Steve Antin got the idea for this film after watching Christina Aguilera perform as a featured vocalist for The Pussycat Dolls in 2002. See more »


During the "Tough Lover" sequence, a crew member lowers the curtain by pulling on the side of the rope closest to him. When Tess tells him to raise the curtain, he begins to pull up on the same portion of the rope. This would be impossible, due to the way fly systems are weighted. The proper method is to pull down on the other side of the rope. See more »


Tess: [Ali is auditioning] Hey Dave, cut it.
Ali Rose: H-hold on a second, I can do this!
Tess: And I think that it's sweet that you think that you can.
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References Alice in Wonderland (2010) See more »


Welcome to Burlesque (Instrumental)
Written by Charlie Midnight, Matthew Gerrard, and Steve Lindsey
Produced by Steve Lindsey
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User Reviews

Almost Bob Fosse
27 November 2010 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

The musical numbers reminded me of "Sweet Charity" and the camera moves around the Kit Kat Klub style room like Fosse's camera did in "Cabaret" The similarities stop there. The film is a brave attempt but the writing walks a very, very thin line. Was Steve Antin trying to be funny? Some of the lines were received with loud guffaws and there is no way to know if that was the intention because, personally, I felt like cringing. Never mind. It was fun. Christina has a powerful voice but not film presence and Cher is a fearless icon but she had so little to show for it. The best performance is, without question, by Stanley Tucci. The songs work at the moment you're watching them being performed but I couldn't hum a tune now, 48 hours later, for the life of me. So, I was entertained and in the big scheme of things, I guess that's enough

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