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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Satine
... Christian
... Toulouse-Lautrec
... Harold Zidler
... The Duke
Garry McDonald ... The Doctor
... The Unconscious Argentinean
... Satie
Kerry Walker ... Marie
Caroline O'Connor ... Nini Legs In The Air
Christine Anu ... Arabia
... China Doll
... Môme Fromage
... Audrey
... The Green Fairy
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Storyline

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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Club Moulin Rouge - an experience you won't forget! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

1 June 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Moulin Rouge  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$167,540, 20 May 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$57,386,607

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$179,213,434
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The production was over-running in its shooting schedule and had to be out of the Fox Studios in Sydney to make way for Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) - which also featured Ewan McGregor. This necessitated some pick-up shots being filmed in Madrid. See more »

Goofs

When Satine sings the line, "I hope you don't mind, I hope you don't mind... ." to the Duke, he is holding a wine bottle and she is barefoot. When she jumps on the bed, he is bottle-less and she wears shoes. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Referenced in Bad Boy Street (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Elephant Love Medley
Featuring:
"All You Need Is Love"
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
"I Was Made For Lovin' You"
Written by Paul Stanley, Desmond Child and Vini Poncia
"One More Night"
Written by Phil Collins
"Pride (In The Name Of Love)"
Music by U2
Lyrics by Bono and The Edge
"Don't Leave Me This Way"
Written by Kenny Gamble (as Kenneth Gamble), Leon Huff and Cary Gilbert
"Silly Love Songs"
Written by Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney
"Up Where We Belong"
Written by Jack Nitzsche, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Will Jennings
"Heroes"
Written by David Bowie and Brian Eno
"I Will Always Love You"
Written by Dolly Parton
"Your Song"
Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Performed by Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor and Plácido Domingo (as Placido Domingo)
Produced by Blam, Josh G. Abrahams, Craig Armstrong and Marius De Vries (as Marius Devries)
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This is a musical for people who don't like musicals.
8 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

This was easily one of the best movies I've seen in years. Rarely do movies have a visual force capable of stunning you into rapt silence; and even more rare are films able to further this with a soundtrack that can move you and ensnare you as well, if not better, than the images. Yet some how, through genius, magic, luck, or some combination, Moulin Rouge has managed to do both. In truth Moulin Rouge is a fusion of two fabulous films into one. A film of images capable of conveying meaning without dialog or music, and a film which you could feel and understand with out needing to see it. Much effort was obviously spent on both the visual and audio aspects of this film, and by choosing not to focus on one over the other, and sacrifice the songs for the story or vice versa, the filmmakers were able to make a truly unique, modern musical which those of us who have hated musical since childhood could enjoy. Moulin Rouge is a blend of old, established techniques with innovative experimental ones, resulting in a movie which could only have been made in our time, yet which has a classic feel. The acting is wonderful, the mixture of modern songs is ingenious, and the cinematography is at times simply amazing. The end result is a stunning film with unbelievable performances; a cinematic experience that people will be loving, analyzing and trying to imitate for year.


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