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Rocketman (2019)

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A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.

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Dexter Fletcher

Writer:

Lee Hall
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Taron Egerton ... Elton John
Jamie Bell ... Bernie Taupin
Richard Madden ... John Reid
Bryce Dallas Howard ... Sheila
Gemma Jones ... Ivy
Steven Mackintosh ... Stanley
Tom Bennett ... Fred
Matthew Illesley ... Young Reggie
Kit Connor ... Older Reggie
Charlie Rowe ... Ray Williams
Peter O'Hanlon Peter O'Hanlon ... Bobby (as Pete O'Hanlon)
Ross Farrelly Ross Farrelly ... Cyril
Evan Walsh Evan Walsh ... Elton Dean
Tate Donovan ... Doug Weston
Sharmina Harrower Sharmina Harrower ... Heather
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A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.

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The Only Way to Tell His Story is to live His Fantasy. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, some drug use and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rocketman See more »

Filming Locations:

Bray Studios, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,725,722, 2 June 2019

Gross USA:

$96,368,160

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$194,085,955
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Dick James (played in the film by Stephen Graham) was an interesting man in his own right. Prior to setting up the DJM record label in the late 1960s (which published Elton's early records) he had made his name as a session singer, most famously singing the theme tune to the Richard Greene television series The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955). In the early 1960s he ventured into music publishing and was a co-creator (along with Brian Epstein) of 'Northern Songs Ltd' to deal with publishing rights for songs penned by The Beatles. After the death of Epstein in 1967 his relationship with the fab four deteriorated and he sold his share of Northern Songs to Sir Lew Grade's ATV company at a handsome profit, and without consulting John Lennon & Paul McCartney (as they were under the impression there was an agreement that any sale of James's stake in the company would be offered to them first). DJM were Elton's UK record label until 1976 (US sales were licensed by DJM to RCA) when he started publishing under his own 'Rocket' label brand that he had started in 1973 to handle other artists. One of the earliest Rocket artists Elton signed up was Kiki Dee. In the 1980s John took legal action against James over rights issues and won his case shortly before James died in 1986 aged 65. After his death the rights to the DJM back catalog (minus Elton's records) were sold to Polygram. See more »

Goofs

John - in Elton John - here attributed to John Lennon, rather than Long John Baldry. Most likely not a real goof given it enabled the film to give a little nod to John Lennon, a close friend of Elton's way back when. There would likely have been a lot of additional leg work needed to work Long John Baldry into the narrative, whereas John Lennon needed little more than a photo. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Elton John: How long is this going to take?
Counselor: That's really up to you.
Elton John: Right then.
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Crazy Credits

The film has a 'text ending'. It reveals that Elton John has been sober for 28 years and counting (but still has a problem with shopping), has established a successful aids charity that has raised over $400 million for HIV/ aids sufferers, is still friends with Bernie Taupin and has never had an argument with him, has finally found proper love with his now husband David Furnish, and has retired from making music in order to focus on raising his two sons. See more »

Connections

Features Elton John: I'm Still Standing (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Gonna Love Me Again
Written by Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Published by HST Publishing Ltd, Cow Dog Music Inc.
Paramount Bella Music & Paramount Allegra Music
Administered by Universal Music Publishing Ltd
Produced by Giles Martin & Greg Kurstin
Mixed by Spike Stent (as Mark "Spike" Stent)
Performed by Elton John & Taron Egerton
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He's Still Standing!
21 May 2019 | by jasongkgreenSee all my reviews

The story of a damaged individual trying to come to terms with themselves and their subsequent addiction is not a new story. However, not many of those folk live a life like Elton's. Producing hit after hit with Bernie like shelling peas.

This is a film first but a musical second, and what a score. Genuine goose bump moments, one hum dinger in a early first major performance.

A hell of a strong cast, with really too many to mention, the casting of Taron Egerton as Elton was genius.

This is a moving story, which flew past and really is as good as the reviews imo. Loved it, a really strong 8.

Elton's popularity will really expand with this. Get on it!


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