A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets.

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Baz Luhrmann
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Cast

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
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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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This Story Is About Truth See more »

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Drama | Musical | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

John Leguizamo also appears as Tybalt in Romeo + Juliet (1996). See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Nini asks the Duke "Why would the Courtesan choose the penniless writer - oops. I MEAN SITAR PLAYER!", the cast is performing on stage. They have platforms going so far up you can't see the top at the camera level at the stage. You can see a cameraman's shadow from a platform that is higher than camera level. See more »

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

At the end of the film the following title cards are displayed: This story is about / TRUTH / BEAUTY / FREEDOM / But above all / LOVE. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #21.25 (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

La Complainte de la Butte
Music by Georges Van Parys
Lyrics by Jean Renoir
Performed by Rufus Wainwright
Produced by Michel Pepin and Rufus Wainwright
Rufus Wainwright performs courtesy of Dreamworks Records
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Undescribable
1 July 2001 | by honeypotSee all my reviews

This movie blew my mind. Watch it, then watch it again. 'Moulin Rouge' made me laugh, cry, and dream. It's boldness and confidence to produce something so original and different impressed me. At times the scenery was as surreal as something you would experience in a dream, which only makes this movie more amazing. 'Moulin Rouge' shows love from all angles. It includes the raw passion, infatuation, vehemence, intensity, ecstasy, jealousy, and pain that is found in true love. The acting was staggering. Ewan McGregor is unrealistically perfect, combining sweet innocence with masculinity. Kidman perfectly brings out the seductive side of Satine, yet never loses the vulnerable soul that lies behind it. Roxburgh(The Duke) and Leguizamo(Lautrec) bring out just the right amount of comic relief in this intense drama. There is nothing I would change about this movie. One warning, though: Moulin Rouge is not for the artistically deprived. It is quite a contemporary movie, so you may not like it if you prefer to watch simple movies(ex. 'American Pie', 'Scary Movie').


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Release Date:

1 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moulin Rouge See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$167,540, 20 May 2001

Gross USA:

$57,386,607

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$184,935,320
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2.39 : 1
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