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Moulin Rouge! (2001)

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

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Baz Luhrmann
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 84 wins & 129 nominations. See more awards »

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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 Garry McDonald ... The Doctor
Jacek Koman ... The Unconscious Argentinean
Matthew Whittet ... Satie
Kerry Walker 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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Above All Things This Story Is About Love See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$57,386,607

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$179,213,434
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Moulin Rouge! (2001) became the first movie musical in ten years to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture since Disney's Beauty and the Beast (1991). It was also snubbed for Best Director (Baz Luhrmann) and Best Original Screenplay, which has been cited as one of the most outrageous Oscar snubs of The 74th Annual Academy Awards (2002). See more »

Goofs

In the final performance, the shadow of the camera crane falls on Satine's dress. 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

References Madonna: The Immaculate Collection (1990) 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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I am in love with "Moulin Rouge"!
31 August 2001 | by morningperson_2000See all my reviews

I have not ever felt for a movie the way I do about "Moulin Rouge." It is not just a movie...it is a cinematic experience the likes of which I have never before seen. The story, the music, the acting, the visual imagery strikes emotion in me I never before thought possible from a film. It is without a doubt the most brilliant piece of cinematic art I have ever seen. It is dizzy, maddening, beautiful, and heartbreaking! The music is rapturous, and Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman's voices compliment each other and the story perfectly. This movie takes its story to a mythic level and surrounds these two star-crossed lovers with music and imagery that simply will take your breath away. The story is grand, huge, and operatic, as is the music. The brilliant score skillfully weaves many modern, popular songs, and rescores them as the libretto to this grand opera. There are some images in this film unlike anything you have ever seen. And the performances are absolutely incredible, particularly Nicole Kidman's. I truly felt for these two people, and truly felt that they were in love. My heart broke into a million pieces for them every time I saw this movie, and I've seen it 8 times. It's an absolutely breathtaking, visionary, masterpiece that did not get the credit it deserved by American critics, who seem to complain that every movie is the same. Yet when an original, daring, shocking film like this comes along, they don't know what to do with it. But then again, this really is not just a film. No mere film could strike me the way this one has, in a way that reaches to the very fibres of my being in a way only "The Wizard of Oz" ever has before. Yes, the story is sad, but what a journey it takes you on! A journey I will be sure to repeat over and over and over again.


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