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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.


Baz Luhrmann
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 85 wins & 131 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Kidman ... Satine
Ewan McGregor ... Christian
John Leguizamo ... Toulouse-Lautrec
Jim Broadbent ... Harold Zidler
Richard Roxburgh ... The Duke
Garry McDonald ... The Doctor
Jacek Koman ... The Unconscious Argentinean
Matthew Whittet ... Satie
Kerry Walker ... Marie
Caroline O'Connor Caroline O'Connor ... Nini Legs In The Air
Christine Anu Christine Anu ... Arabia
Natalie Mendoza ... China Doll
Lara Mulcahy ... Môme Fromage
David Wenham ... Audrey
Kylie Minogue ... The Green Fairy


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 »


Drama | Musical | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


In the scene where all the gentlemen throw their hats up in the air, all the hats were suspended on fishing wire. See more »


During "One Day I'll Fly Away", the gold embellishments of the elephant bend slightly when Satine leans against them. See more »


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

The orchestra conductor conducts the 20th Century Fox music before the actual movie begins. See more »


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Fool To Believe
Written by Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce, Marius De Vries (as Marius Devries) and Craig Armstrong
Performed by Nicole Kidman and Jim Broadbent
Produced by Blam, Josh G. Abrahams, Craig Armstrong and Marius De Vries (as Marius Devries)
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A really fun film, with the adorable EWAN MCGREGOR!!!
19 April 2003 | by dramapunkerSee all my reviews

You can't compare Chicago to Moulin Rouge, because they share, really, nothing besides the fact that people sing and dance. Moulin Rouge stands alone. I really love this movie.

Nicole Kidman did sorta over act in parts (the Elephant scene, and when she tells Zidler she wants to leave.), but other than that, the acting is wonderful. I just love Ewan McGregor's character, and I love Ewan McGregor. John Leguizamo's character, Henri Toulouse Lautrec (yes, the famous painter), I found was just such an annoyingly funny character, he was definently one of my favorite characters. The Duke (Richard Roxburgh) is definently overacted, and frankly, Zidler (John Broadbent), is sooooo horribly annoying, you really would want to throw yourself off the Moulin Rouge windmill.

I love this movie. There are some funny parts, but they are mostly just in the beginning, and the best musical number isn't 'Diamonds', but rather, the dramatic 'Roxanne'. Another one of my favourite pieces is 'Nature Boy', the song sung at the very beginning. It's so sad, but very touching.

The beginning is sort of depressing, but it doesn't last long, so don't stop the DVD then. The middle sort of drags on, so be warned. The sets and costumes are beautiful, and very colourful, and the dancing is really Spectacular Spectacular (excuse the pun...), but long periods of time with the Bohemians, or at the Moulin Rouge can make you feel like you're stuck in a circus tent. But since Ewan McGregor's in it, I give it 10 stars.

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Release Date:

1 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moulin Rouge See more »


Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$167,540, 20 May 2001

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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