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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$93,017,371, 18 July 2019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$179,160,016, 14 July 2019
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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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 (who 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' (1955-59), which was one of the fledgling ITV networks' earliest hits in the UK. 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 2013, after the 40 year publishing deal for the albums and singles she had recorded with Rocket had expired, Elton personally handed Kiki back the original studio master-tapes as a gift. 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

When Bernie and Elton meet for the first time at the cafe, Elton's cup is closer to Bernie. When Bernie sits down and the shot changes, the cup is now closer to Elton. See more »

Quotes

Elton John: [from trailer; singing] And I think it's gonna be a long, long time. Till touch down brings me round again to find, I'm not the man they think I am at home. Oh no no no, I'm a rocketman!
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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 »


Soundtracks

I'm Still Standing
Written by Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Published by HST Publishing Ltd and Rouge Booze Inc.
Administered by Universal Music Publishing Ltd
Produced by Giles Martin
Performed by Taron Egerton
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Not as well done as Bohemian Rhapsody
13 July 2019 | by themoviedoctorSee all my reviews

At baseline, I have not had much exposure to Sir Elton John's music or any knowledge of his life prior to fame and fortune. However, I am a sucker for an insider peek into celebrity life, so I thought I would enjoy this movie. The acting and singing is superb. The writing could have been better, at time it seemed very cliche. But Taron Egerton did a wonderful job bringing Sir Elton John's biography to life. It seems that despite the fame, fortune, and talent, that all he was seeking was to be loved. I left the theatre with an understanding that all humans, regardless of background or social standing, share a core set of desires.


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