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Rent (2005)

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This is the film version of the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical about Bohemians in the East Village of New York City struggling with life, love and AIDS, and the impacts they have on America.

Director:

Chris Columbus

Writers:

Stephen Chbosky (screenplay), Jonathan Larson (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Rapp ... Mark Cohen
Adam Pascal ... Roger Davis
Rosario Dawson ... Mimi Marquez
Jesse L. Martin ... Tom Collins
Wilson Jermaine Heredia ... Angel Dumott Schunard
Idina Menzel ... Maureen Johnson
Tracie Thoms ... Joanne Jefferson
Taye Diggs ... Benjamin Coffin III
Julia Roth Julia Roth ... Rent Tenant
Porscha Radcliffe Porscha Radcliffe ... Rent Tenant
Stephen Payne Stephen Payne ... Homeless Squeegee Man
Darryl Chan ... Thug
Ken Clark ... Thug
R.C. Ormond ... Thug
David Fine ... Homeless Man on Range Rover
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Storyline

This rock opera tells the story of one year in the life of a group of bohemians struggling in modern day East Village New York. The story centers around Mark and Roger, two roommates. While a former tragedy has made Roger numb to life, Mark tries to capture it through his attempts to make a film. In the year that follows, the group deals with love, loss, AIDS, and modern day life in one truly powerful story. Written by Alex W

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Eight friends. One extraordinary year. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving drugs and sexuality, and for some strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rent See more »

Filming Locations:

Alameda, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,016,021, 27 November 2005

Gross USA:

$29,077,547, 2 January 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,670,620
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Some of the names that are tagged on the walls are the names of WB studio tour guides. See more »

Goofs

Just before "she's my sister", Mimi gets off the table to sit back on her chair twice. See more »

Quotes

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MarkAngelMaureenRogerCollinsBenjamin Coffin IIIMimi: Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear. Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. How do you measure, measure a year? In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee. In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife. In five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes - how do you measure a year in the life? How about love? How about love? How about love? Measure in love... seasons of love.
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Thank you, Jonathan Larson See more »

Alternate Versions

The delayed echoing effect that is heard when a character is speaking directly into the microphone for Maureen's protest does not occur on the DVD if you have a mono television soundtrack. See more »

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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Broadway On Film, Again
5 May 2006 | by reuven65-1See all my reviews

There is no replacement, alternative or better place to see a Broadway musical than in, where else? Broadway...Nowadays however, some of Broadway's best are also being made for the silver screen and are surprisingly well done.

If you've already seen "Rent" on Broadway and want to see it on film, I strongly suggest you go for it. If you haven't seen it, it may seem to be corny or "hokey" in a few places but get past that because behind it are a set of story lines that will grab you by the library of your literary innards and hold them attentively until the credits roll.

Jesse L. Martin, known on the small screen for his role Detective Ed Green since 1999, is one of the stars who will send auditory shockwaves your way with his beautiful voice. I had no idea he could sing and oh yes! He can definitely sing.

The lyrics throughout the production are unforgettable and must be listened to. This segment of, "Seasons of Love" sets the theme for the movie and rings true for us all.

"It's time now to sing out, Tho' the story never ends Let's celebrate Remember a year in the life of friends Remember the love! Remember the love! Seasons of love!"

In closing, you'll laugh, cry, cheer, sing, laugh and if you haven't done all of these, see it again because you missed something. This is definitely a rock opera of an era we will be talking about for a long time to come.


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