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Director: Steve Antin

Cast: Cher, Christina Aguilera, Eric Dane


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Christina Aguilera makes her dramatic feature debut as Ali, a small-town singer who takes her shot at stardom performing at a neo-burlesque nightclub in Los Angeles. Situated in a regal old theater that's still dazzling despite having fallen into disrepair, The Burlesque Lounge is the kind of club where legends are born. When club


Christina Aguilera makes her dramatic feature debut as Ali, a small-town singer who takes her shot at stardom performing at a neo-burlesque nightclub in Los Angeles. Situated in a regal old theater that's still dazzling despite having fallen into disrepair, The Burlesque Lounge is the kind of club where legends are born. When club owner Tess (Cher) hires charismatic Ali as a cocktail waitress, the ambitious big-city newcomer goes to great lengths to make a good impression. Taken under the wing of a friendly featured dancer (Julianne Hough), Ali quickly realizes that not everyone is quite as nice when she forms a friendship with bartender/aspiring musician Jack (Cam Gigandet) and incurs the wrath of the club's cattiest showgirl (Kristen Bell). After making her leap to the stage with a little help from a sympathetic stage manager (Stanley Tucci) and the club's playfully androgynous host (Alan Cumming), Ali becomes the star attraction at The Burlesque Lounge, and the crowds start packing in. Later, a wealthy businessman (Eric Dane) makes a bid for the club while trying to charm the talented young performer straight into his arms.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Cher has altered her face into something so abnormal that she's pretty much incapable of playing a regular person. Luckily, Burlesque director/writer Steve Antin isn't terribly interested in making his movie about regular people, and he's managed to find exactly the right tone to make his ridiculously flashy backstage musical work. Although the former Mrs. Bono is certainly the heart and soul of Burlesque, the star is Christina Aguilera, who plays Ali, the stereotypical Midwestern girl who dreams of making it as a singer and dancer in the big city. She packs up, moves to L.A., and hustles her way into a waitressing gig at Burlesque, a nightclub run by the demanding Tess (Cher) along with her gay co-manager, Sean (Stanley Tucci). Quickly Ali teaches herself the various routines performed by the club's crew of dancers, but her attempts to make it into the cast are shot down, especially by the club's bitchy, alcoholic star, Nikki (Kristen Bell). Of course there's a love interest as well. Ali befriends Jack (Cam Gigandet), one of the bartenders at the club, eventually moving in with him even though he's happily engaged to a woman living in New York City. And while it's obvious that they're perfect for each other, Marcus (Eric Dane) -- a millionaire with an eye for real estate and fine women -- starts putting the moves on her while trying to buy the financially struggling club from Tess. There are many laughs in Burlesque, and most of them are intentional. Just about everyone in the cast is on the same page; they understand exactly the kind of movie they're making and relish the opportunity to play theatrical -- though never exactly over-the-top -- stereotypes. The lone exception is Aguilera, who is a genuinely formidable singing talent. Her soulful growl has an intensity and a focus that demands your attention, but her acting doesn't have any of that command. When Ali is alone with Jack, it's easy to stop paying attention to the movie. Luckily, the other actors really savor the scenery they get to chew. Cher may no longer resemble her former self (from some angles Tess' face brings to mind the killer's mask from Scream smeared with heavy makeup), but the woman is a born performer who understands exactly what's expected of her. Her catty one-liners land dependably, although they lack the sparkle and wit of Stanley Tucci's put-downs -- unsurprisingly, he's the best thing in the movie. Kristen Bell dives head-first into the role of the club's resident mean girl, and it's a kick to watch her character face off against Cher's. Burlesque certainly won't appeal to everyone, but it has integrity and it's competently made. That may sound like faint praise, but it's not meant to. Antin knows how to shoot dancers, he manages to squeeze the effortlessly perverse Alan Cumming into a too-brief cameo, and the soundtrack is loaded with numbers that allow Ali to show off what Nikki refers to as her "mutant lungs." Sure, the whole thing is obvious and silly and ridiculous, but Burlesque is really comfortable in its own skin.

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Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

See 6 Entire Song Performances; Featuring Christina Aguilera, Kristen Bell and the Dancers!; Alternate Opening; Blooper Reel; Director's Commentary

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cher Tess
Christina Aguilera Ali
Eric Dane Marcus
Cam Gigandet Jack
Julianne Hough Georgia
Alan Cumming Alexis
Peter Gallagher Vince
Kristen Bell Nikki
Stanley Tucci Sean
Dianna Agron Natalie
Glynn Turman Harold Saint
David Walton Mark the DJ
Terrence Jenkins Dave
Chelsea Traille Coco
Tanee McCall Scarlett
Tyne Stecklein Jesse
Paula Van Oppen Anna
Isabella Hofmann Loretta
James Brolin Mr. Anderson
Stephen Lee Dwight
Denise Faye Preacher
Baldeep Singh Ali's Hotel Manager
Michael Landes Greg
Wendy Benson Marla
Tisha French Loft Assistant
Katerina Mikailenko Brittany
Jay Luchs Party Guest at Marcus' House
Katelynn Tilley Ditsy Waitress
Gwen van Dam Curler Woman at Grundy's Bus Stop
Catherine Natale Curler Woman's Friend
Jonathan Trent Damon/Bumper Band Member
Blair Redford James/Bumper Band Member

Technical Credits
Steve Antin Director,Screenwriter
Bojan Bazelli Associate Producer,Cinematographer
Christophe Beck Score Composer
Dana Belcastro Executive Producer
Chris Cornwell Art Director
Stacy Kolker Cramer Executive Producer
Buck Damon Musical Direction/Supervision
Donald De Line Producer
Denise Faye Choreography
Tom Frazier Special Effects Supervisor
John Frazier Special Effects Supervisor
Geoffrey Hansen Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Michael Kaplan Costumes/Costume Designer
Virginia Katz Editor
John Papsidera Casting
Joey Pizzi Choreography
Risa Shapiro Executive Producer
Jon Gary Steele Production Designer
Patte Strong-Lord Set Decoration/Design
Jim Tocci Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Burlesque
1. Scene 1 [6:18]
2. Scene 2 [8:54]
3. Scene 3 [9:54]
4. Scene 4 [5:23]
5. Scene 5 [6:58]
6. Scene 6 [7:30]
7. Scene 7 [6:43]
8. Scene 8 [7:08]
9. Scene 9 [5:51]
10. Scene 10 [7:31]
11. Scene 11 [2:08]
12. Scene 12 [5:48]
13. Scene 13 [8:13]
14. Scene 14 [6:12]
15. Scene 15 [6:32]
16. Scene 16 [6:07]


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Burlesque 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Crazylolo More than 1 year ago
Burlesque is a fun guilty pleasure for you & your Girlfriends to enjoy. With a fun cast,great performances and amazing singing done by Cher & Christina. Ladies this is a must have for your movie collection!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Burlesque is awesome! Its pure entertainment. Singing, dancing, acting, romance - oh my! The cast is wonderful! A classic story told again in a throwback to the musicals which is a formula that always works with the right people and the right music and in the right setting and it works here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie. I loved Christina's character and Cher is always great. Their was nothing I didnt like about this show. It's what I consider a modern musical that is fun and sassy, with some serious moments. Kind of like what musicals use to be like, with a story and singing. I would recommend this highly.
lilmssassi More than 1 year ago
This is a good movie. I love the songs and the energy of the movie. I am a huge huge huge fan of Cher. She did a great job in this movie. This is a must buy.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
Good movie. similar to The movie Coyote Ugly. Same plot.
Jyn_Luna More than 1 year ago
Worth to watch. :)
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Alaric59 More than 1 year ago
I've always loved Cherilyn. She has the it factor still. Although this isn't in any way an Oscar winning performance by her, it's still worthy of her fans. Christina was who the movie was meant to make shine. Cher just wanted to be in a musical before the genre was stopped. Can you blame her? Those pipes, even though somewhat too falsetto for me these days and not quite as gutteral and full like the Cher of the 70's, can still can pack a whallop. I want to see CHER in a staring vehicle like MAME or GYPSY and see her give the camera hell then. Mrs. James Brolin is attempting to play the part, but what if she was to direct Cher???? What a Paring that might be. Any way- watch Burlesque CHER and her two songs are well worth it and so is Christina.
librachic More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie,Christina sure has some vocals and Cher is the star she is,Tons of sexy routines and amazing songs,Burlesque is something to rent and watch with the girls.Romance is also included too for all the romantics out there!Burlesque also has a discovering yourself vibe so if you heart all that,watch it!
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Tess4 More than 1 year ago
Great Movie. I watched it twice. I am a musical lover and I am glad that they made this one a little more modern day. What I really liked that for a music there was dialoge and not singing words. If you get what I mean. I recommend it to anyone.
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jazzdancer2016 More than 1 year ago
I liked this movie just as much as my mom didn't, It was pretty well done. My favorite character had to be Ali because she went for her dream and got to live it!
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