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Moulin Rouge! (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 1 June 2001 (USA)
A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets.

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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 is a story about LOVE, Music is the food of LOVE, Nothing matters but LOVE. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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1 June 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Moulin Rouge  »

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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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2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Elijah Wood auditioned by doing a song-and-dance number but he failed to land a part. See more »

Goofs

During "One Day I'll Fly Away", the gold embellishments of the elephant bend slightly when Satine leans against them. See more »

Quotes

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

The ending credits are printed on two (very long) hand painted rolls of paper. The camera is still while the paper is scrolled past. The place where the two pieces are joined is clearly visible. The crew tried to hide the splice, but couldn't make it look good enough, and so decided to keep it as seen in the movie. See more »

Connections

Featured in 20 to 1: World's Best Love Songs (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Zidler's Rap (Medley)
Featuring:
"Zidler's Rap"
Written by Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce, and Marius De Vries (as Marius Devries)
Performed by Jim Broadbent
Produced by Blam, Josh G. Abrahams, and Marius De Vries (as Marius Devries)
"Lady Marmalade"
Written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan
Performed by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, and Pink
Produced by Missy Elliott (as Missy Elliott) for Mass Confusion Productions Inc. and Rockwilder for F-5 Productions Inc.
Christina Aguilera performs courtesy of The RCA Music Group
Lil' Kim performs courtesy of Queen Bee Entertainment Inc./Undeas/
Atlantic Recording Corporation
Mya performs courtesy of A&M Records
Pink performs courtesy of Laface Records
"Smells Like Teen Spirit"
Written by Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl
Produced by Danny Saber
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User Reviews

 
Spectacular! Spectacular! A unique masterpiece to be seen again and again!
29 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

I have now seen Moulin Rouge more times than I should say and I have noticed something new and unique every time. This film is so intricate (and beautiful) that you cannot possibly absorb it all in one viewing. Luhrman (along with his Bazmark production team) really is a visionary and his films push the limits in such amazing ways. The music, the sets, the choreography - all of it is awe-inspiring. Ewan McGregor proves his versatility as an actor yet again by bringing such a heartfelt innocence to Christian - and the man can sing! Nicole Kidman went from being just another actress to me to one of my favorites - she takes on the role of Satine so honestly and proves that she not only has a comedic side but a great voice as well. Together the two of them light up the screen. In a year of mostly mediocre films (with a few notable exceptions) Moulin Rouge is totally refreshing. It not only promotes truth, beauty, freedom, and love but is a perfect example of them as well. Luhrman himself said that it was time for a new kind of storytelling and he was right! Open your mind and enjoy one of the most original movie experiences in years. A bohemian storm is brewing!


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