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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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Drama | Musical | Romance

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

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Moulin Rouge  »

Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$167,540 (USA) (18 May 2001)

Gross:

$57,386,369 (USA) (19 April 2002)
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The majority of the Can Can dancers at the Moulin Rouge have a specifically designed 'persona,' most of them based on different male fetishes. The full list of names of the Can Can dancers and their 'persona' is as follows: Antoinette -- based on the famous French Queen Marie-Antoinette. Arabia -- based on Arabian courtesan garb. Babydoll -- dressed in infant clothing (often mistaken for Bo Peep). Chinadoll -- dressed in Chinese silks. Dominatrix -- self-explanatory. French Maid -- self-explanatory. Garden Girl -- a hippie/bohemian/earthy-seeming girl. Gypsy -- self-explanatory. Harlequin -- based on a court jester's diamond patterned costume. Historic -- based on the Statue of Liberty. Juno -- dressed as an angel. Liberty -- dressed in 'Napoleonic' garb. Mome Fromage - Dressed in candy/cake/confectionery colors and fabrics. Nini Legs-In-The-Air -- costume decorated with windmills, as the character is said to have the best legs in the Moulin Rouge and is always showing them off. Pearly Queen -- decorated in sophisticated clothing; pearls, furs, jewels. Petite Princess -- a dwarf woman in a princess costume. Polka Dot -- a spirit of winter with evergreen trees drawn on her dress. Schoolgirl -- self-explanatory (strongly resembles Gigi (1958) or Madeline (1952)). Spanish -- dressed in a flowing, veiled Spanish costume. Tarot -- costume is decorated with various imagery from tarot cards. Tartan -- costume is a full traditional Scottish Garb, with the skirt designed to look like a kilt. Tattoo -- dancer is covered entirely from the neck down in tattoos. Travesty -- cross-dresser, upper half is of an upper-class man; top hat, tuxedo, and bow tie. Urchin -- dressed as a poor street girl (strongly resembles Eponine from Great Performances: Les Misérables in Concert (1995)); bowler hat, patchwork costume. See more »

Goofs

During "El Tango de Roxanne", the Argentinian's shoes sometimes click on the floor and other times make no sound. See more »

Quotes

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

When the film's title is shown, a silhouette of a cutout can-can dancer dances across the title card, with other silhouettes of men in top hats below her. See more »

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Soundtracks

Your Song
Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Performed by Ewan McGregor and Plácido Domingo (as Placido Domingo)
Produced by Blam, Josh G. Abrahams, Craig Armstrong, Marius De Vries (as Marius Devries), and Patrick Leonard
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This is a musical for people who don't like musicals.
8 October 2001 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

This was easily one of the best movies I've seen in years. Rarely do movies have a visual force capable of stunning you into rapt silence; and even more rare are films able to further this with a soundtrack that can move you and ensnare you as well, if not better, than the images. Yet some how, through genius, magic, luck, or some combination, Moulin Rouge has managed to do both. In truth Moulin Rouge is a fusion of two fabulous films into one. A film of images capable of conveying meaning without dialog or music, and a film which you could feel and understand with out needing to see it. Much effort was obviously spent on both the visual and audio aspects of this film, and by choosing not to focus on one over the other, and sacrifice the songs for the story or vice versa, the filmmakers were able to make a truly unique, modern musical which those of us who have hated musical since childhood could enjoy. Moulin Rouge is a blend of old, established techniques with innovative experimental ones, resulting in a movie which could only have been made in our time, yet which has a classic feel. The acting is wonderful, the mixture of modern songs is ingenious, and the cinematography is at times simply amazing. The end result is a stunning film with unbelievable performances; a cinematic experience that people will be loving, analyzing and trying to imitate for year.


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