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Moulin Rouge! (2001)

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


Baz Luhrmann
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 85 wins & 131 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Kidman ... Satine
Ewan McGregor ... Christian
John Leguizamo ... Toulouse-Lautrec
Jim Broadbent ... Harold Zidler
Richard Roxburgh ... The Duke
Garry McDonald ... The Doctor
Jacek Koman ... The Unconscious Argentinean
Matthew Whittet ... Satie
Kerry Walker ... Marie
Caroline O'Connor Caroline O'Connor ... Nini Legs In The Air
Christine Anu Christine Anu ... Arabia
Natalie Mendoza ... China Doll
Lara Mulcahy ... Môme Fromage
David Wenham ... Audrey
Kylie Minogue ... The Green Fairy


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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He entered in a world where fantasies are real. See more »


Drama | Musical | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Traditionally, the underside of can-can skirts are white to simulate petticoats. In this film, the can-can skirts are brightly colored (according to the dancer's character) in order to keep the dance exciting for a modern audience. See more »


During the performance of Spectacular Spectacular! when the Argentinian enters he can be seen walking down the stairs and joining the rest of the dancers. A moment later when the shot cuts to a different angle, he can be seen walking down the stairs again. See more »


[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 »


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Suffocating the Movie Musical
6 June 2001 | by burkemt29See all my reviews

I thought Pearl Harbor would be the worst movie of the summer. Then I saw Moulin Rouge. Baz Luhrmann has indeed reached the core of human emotion. I never thought I could hate a movie this much. I can't recall the last time I laughed that much at a movie. And this one wasn't even a comedy.

This might be the first musical with -- NO -- original songs, but that wasn't the bad part. It's what was done with the songs that was the killer. As if we're supposed to find tunes by Madonna, Queen, the Wallflowers, Sting, and others fitting in 1900 Paris... Anyway, I can get past that.

I have to make a list of things I learned from this film

1) Baz Luhrmann can only direct one movie. It's name is 'Romeo and Juliet'.

2) If you're going to rip off a plotline, take it from a relatively unknown tale, like 'Pearl Harbor' did from the French legend of Martin Guerre. Don't take that of a critically acclaimed, amazingly popular film that won Best Picture three years ago.

3) It seemed like an acid trip. It is not creativity, it is insanity.

4) The movie musical has not been revived. Lurhmann, in performing CPR on it, blew way too much air into its lungs, thus making them explode.

5) 'Phantom', 'Les Miz', 'Miss Saigon', and other stage muscials are believable. People cry at the end of 'Rent', when Roger confesses his love to Mimi. It is impossible to cry at a movie where the moon winks and smiles at the main characters.

6) Did I mention the lack of an original plot?

7) Any handgun, when thrown through a broken window in Paris, will travel several miles, out of Montmartre, over the city and off of the top of the shaft of the Eiffel Tower. (This of course, is much to the delight of Earth's only natural satellite.)

8) Some movies scream "I DESERVE AN OSCAR", as this one does for costume design. It'll grab it, but please, let it take no others. If so, I've lost total faith in the Academy.

Thank you for allowing my venting.

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1 June 2001 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$167,540, 20 May 2001

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