Moulin Rouge!

June 1st, 2001


Moulin Rouge!

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A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets in this stylish musical, with music drawn from familiar 20th century sources.

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 7.6/10 (132,761 voted)

Critic's Score: 66/100

Director: Baz Luhrmann

Stars: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo

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...

Writers: Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce

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 - Nini Legs In The Air
Christine Anu - Arabia
Natalie Mendoza - China Doll
Lara Mulcahy - Môme Fromage
David Wenham - Audrey
Kylie Minogue - The Green Fairy

Taglines: This Story Is About Freedom


Official Website: Bazmark Inq. Pty Ltd | Fox [France] (French) |

Release Date: 1 June 2001

Filming Locations: Fox Studios, Moore Park, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Box Office Details

Budget: $52,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $167,540 (USA) (20 May 2001) (2 Screens)

Gross: $179,213,434 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

During Satine's trapeze entrance, blue light was used due to Nicole Kidman's pale skin tone, the director found that the blue light made her almost "glow" and therefore stood out during the scene.

Continuity: When Satine is shoving the Duke out of the elephant at the end of one scene, he is fully out the door but in the next shot she is shoving him out of the door.

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

User Review

The most original and groundbreaking movie of recent history

Rating: 10/10

I have seen Moulin Rouge at least 25 times. I think it is the most extraordinary movie of my generation and breaks every limit set by the industry. I have heard all the traditional complaints...people didn't like the music, the editing was too swift, or it wasn't "their taste". Moulin Rouge took a risk. A risk films like A Beautiful Mind and Shakespeare in Love don't. It risked by being controversial. To make a likeable movie isn't hard, follow the Hollywood mold and stick in a few attractive actors, some bland dialogue and viola you have a film. Moulin Rouge was made knowing that not everyone would like it, but knowing everyone would at least appreciate it for its artistic ingenuity. Visually it is superb, an indulgent feast for the eyes with every breathtaking, artistic scene. Everything about it is over the top, every scene more stunning than the next, and as it continues your heart becomes more and more intertwined in the love story. The editing in the Roxanne scene rushes through your body and is the most incredible of any movie in history. Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGreggor are the most passionate on-screen couple; entirely convincing as their voices meld them together into one. Never has a movie done what Moulin Rouge did. It realized that the world of film is only being represented in one small way, whereas Moulin Rouge uses a camera and screen to make something bigger and more extraordinary than has ever been made before. It pushes against the confines of convention and leaves you breathless.


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