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The third film from pop-music-obsessed director Baz Luhrmann tweaks the conventions of the musical genre by mixing a period romance with anachronistic dialogue and songs in the style of his previous Romeo+Juliet 1996. Ewan McGregor stars as Christian, who leaves behind his bourgeois father during the French belle époque of the late 1890s to seek his fortunes in the bohemian underworld of Montmartre, Paris. Christian meets the absinthe- and alcohol-addicted artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec John Leguizamo, who ...
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The third film from pop-music-obsessed director Baz Luhrmann tweaks the conventions of the musical genre by mixing a period romance with anachronistic dialogue and songs in the style of his previous Romeo+Juliet 1996. Ewan McGregor stars as Christian, who leaves behind his bourgeois father during the French belle époque of the late 1890s to seek his fortunes in the bohemian underworld of Montmartre, Paris. Christian meets the absinthe- and alcohol-addicted artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec John Leguizamo, who introduces him to a world of sex, drugs, music, theater, and the scandalous dance known as the cancan, all at the Moulin Rouge, a decadent dance hall, brothel, and theater that's the brainchild of Harold Zidler Jim Broadbent. Christian also meets and falls into a tragically doomed romance with the courtesan Satine Nicole Kidman, who becomes the star of the play he's writing, which parallels the couple's romance and utilizes rock music from a century later, including songs by Nirvana, Madonna, the Beatles, and Queen, among others. Loosely based on the opera Orpheus in the Underworld, Moulin Rouge was shown in competition at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Virginia McCollam
Director Baz Luhrmann’s latest extravaganza, an exuberant re-envisioning of the movie musical and an operatic salute to 20th-century pop culture, borrows from everywhere yet manages to be a cinematic experience unlike any other. Recalling Puccini’s La Bohème, Lurhmann sets his tale in the world’s original pop-pleasure dome, the Moulin Rouge of fin de siècle Paris. Ewan McGregor stars as Christian, an idealistic and impoverished young writer who, newly arrived in Montmartre, is haphazardly inducted into a circle of absinthe-swilling bohemians led by Toulouse-Lautrec John Leguizamo. A comedy of mistaken identities ensues, quickly enmeshing the young poet in a Mephistophelean love triangle involving the unobtainable and consumptive Satine Nicole Kidman, queen courtesan of the Moulin Rouge, and the foppish Duke of Roxbury Richard Roxburgh, his villainous rival for her affections. Granted, you may find yourself reaching for an oxygen tank, thanks to the centrifugal force of Luhrmann’s MTV editing style, combined with some staggering musical cross-pollination sources range from David Bowie’s version of the pop standard "Nature Boy" to Beck’s version of Bowie’s "Diamond Dogs". But it’s worth it. Moulin Rouge is exhausting, but it's also energizing and inexplicably moving. Kidman dazzles in a series of original costumes, and the elaborately constructed sets are equally stupendous. Look for a superb performance from Topsy Turvey’s Jim Broadbent as Zidler, the Moulin Rouge’s soft and fuzzy Faust. He also heads up one of the film’s more hilarious song-and-dance sequences, stomped out to Madonna’s "Like a Virgin." The double-disc DVD of Moulin Rouge -- which includes excellent production commentary, interviews with the director and writer, and at least ten hidden Easter Egg trailers -- offers welcome insight into the method behind the madness of this thoroughly postmodern folly.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
A bold artistic statement, Moulin Rouge is Baz Luhrmann's first masterpiece. Frantically edited, paced, and photographed, the film is not an easy undertaking; it forces the viewer to accept it on its terms. The sets, costumes, and sound are stylish in the extreme. The greatest risk the film takes is having the characters speak predominantly in song lyrics. The young writer Christian (Ewan McGregor) and the doomed performer Satine (Nicole Kidman) argue about whether they will fall in love while telling each other, "Love lifts us up where we belong" and "I will always love you." When they aren't speaking in song lyrics, they sing to each other, with McGregor doing a better than credible job with Elton John's "Your Song." The barrage of pop songs quickly transcends kitsch. Luhrmann uses the songs to cut across all barriers between audience members and the characters. He's not playing Name That Tune; he's commenting on the universal desire for love. The intention behind the frantic pacing is not to undercut the grand, melodramatic themes; it is not an ironic commentary on musicals or love. The passion that drips from every frame of the film is there to underscore the sweeping emotions the characters feel as they fall in love with each other. The film slows down just enough in its second half to prepare the audience for the emotionally wrenching finale, which transpires in near silent darkness. Where there was once passion, there is now nothing but the remembrance of passion. Luhrmann's film, structured in flashback, elaborates this theme. It remembers when grand passions instead of cool irony were the norm for the moviegoing public. Moulin Rouge is a joyous, elegiac shout to remember why we go to the movies. It may be too much for some people, but for a generation raised in irony, Luhrmann's film is a shocking wake-up call.
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman
It slashes through the distance that so many of us feel toward musicals.
San Francisco Chronicle
So cheeky, aggressive and bursting with vitality that it can't help being annoying and exhilarating at the same time. Edward Guthmann

It slashes through the distance that so many of us feel toward musicals.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2008
  • UPC: 024543551430
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / DTS / Thx
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Español
  • Time: 2:08:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicole Kidman Satine
Ewan McGregor Christian
John Leguizamo Toulouse-Lautrec
Jim Broadbent Zidler
Richard Roxburgh Duke of Worcester
Garry McDonald The Doctor
Jacek Koman The Unconscious Argentinean
Matthew Whittet Satie
Kerry Walker Marie
Caroline O'Connor Nini Legs in the Air
David Wenham Audrey
Christine Anu Arabia
Natalie Mendoza China Doll
Lara Mulcahy Mome Fromage
Kylie Minogue Green Fairy
Chris Elliott Conductor
Technical Credits
Baz Luhrmann Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Steven E. Andrews Associate Producer, Asst. Director
Craig Armstrong Score Composer
Martin Ash Set Decoration/Design
Fred Baron Producer
Anne Beauchamp Art Director
Jill Bilcock Editor
Brigitte Broch Set Decoration/Design
Martin Brown Producer
Ed Cotton Set Decoration/Design
Maruis de Vries Musical Direction/Supervision
Chris Elliott Musical Arrangement
Ian Gracie Art Director
Chris King Casting
Catherine Knapman Co-producer
Ronna Kress Casting
Aaron Marsden Set Decoration/Design
Catherine Martin Associate Producer, Costumes/Costume Designer, Production Designer
Donald M. McAlpine Cinematographer
Anton Monsted Musical Direction/Supervision
John O'Connell Choreography
Craig Pearce Screenwriter
Andrew Powell Set Decoration/Design
Louise Rooney Set Decoration/Design
Roger Savage Special Effects Supervisor
Guntis Sics Sound/Sound Designer
Maurizio Silvi Makeup
Angus Strathie Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Turner Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles
2. There Was A Boy...
3. Meet the Bohemians
4. At the Moulin Rouge "You'll Have Fun"
5. The Can-Can (Bohos Evade Zidler)
6. Satine - The Sparkling Diamond
7. Satine Falls
8. A Poetry Reading
9. Your Song
10. Introducing the Duke
11. The Emergency Rehearsal
12. The Pitch
13. One Day I'll Fly Away
14. Elephant Love Medley
15. The Contract
16. On With the Show
17. The Duke's Demand
18. A Darker Force
19. Like A Virgin
20. Satine Is Dying.
21. Come What May
22. I Don't Like This Ending
23. Le Tango De Roxanne
24. We'll Leave Tonight
25. I'll Have the Boy Killed
26. Fool to Believe
27. The Show Must Go On
28. Satine's Sacrifice
29. The Storm Breaks
30. Hindi Said Diamonds
31. This Woman Is Yours Now
32. Come What May (Reprise)
33. Coup D'Etat
34. The Final Curtain
35. Above All Things...Love
36. End Credits
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Language Selection
      English 5.1 DTS
      English 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Spanish Dolby Surround
      Audio For the Visually Impaired
      Subtitles
   Chapter Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary
         Director Baz Luhrmann/Production Designer Cathrine Martin/Cinematographer Donald M McAlpine
         Writers Baz Luhrmann & Craig Pearce
      Behind the Red Curtain
      THX
         Audio Tests
            Play Test
         Video Tests
            Play Test
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    This movie has it all!

    WOW this movie has it ALL. The cast is incredible! I never knew Nicole Kidman OR Ewan McGregor could sing, and wow can they sing! Girls love this movie, guys love this movie, everyone loves this movie!! Its about this woman who wants to become a star and she thinks the way to do that is to marry a duke. Or should we say a penniless writer who she mistakes for a duke. From there is all about their love. The music is perfect, absolutely perfect. The costumes are eye catching. the plot was so intriguing! I must warn you though. The costumes, the colors, the whole movie might be a little too much to handle for some people at first. But after a little while you get used to how the movie is and you'll love it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    OMG AMAZING MOVIE

    Ok i just turned 12 and i am amazingly in love with this movie the first time i saw it was in first grade ofcourse i didnt understand it or anything but i am in love with this movie me and my friend everytime i go to her house we watch it and i go over like every weekend. We both are good at singing and she is an alto and sings christian's lyrics and i sing satin's lyrics. We sound really good too we kno every word and it is so much fun when we were in fourth grade we were in her parents bedroom and the have a really high big bed with like poles for a canopy(no i dont mean that kinda pole) and we were like singing on the bed like we were on Satin's roof and it was so much fun. This movie may get confusing at points but its amazing and i love it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2014

    Having seen this film before the Blu-Ray makes the home experien

    Having seen this film before the Blu-Ray makes the home experience even better. It is still cutting edge with perfect casting. I recommend it just as a fim not only as a musical.

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  • Posted December 4, 2010

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    this movie rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this movie rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SPECTACULAR SPECTACULAR!

    The first time I watched this movie, it instantaneously became my favorite! I watched it 4 times in that one week, and 6 times that month. This purchase was completely worth every cent, and my family loves the film as well. Whether man or woman, this movie is an absolute delight. It's fun, funny, enthralling, sexy, and heartbreaking. Visually, it's remarkable, with amazing sets and a backdrop of early 20th century France. Modern pop songs are blended with old tunes to make this musical exciting and enticing. I recommend it to anyone who likes some excitement or a good cry.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Love it!

    I am not normally into musicals but Moulin Rouge changed my mind on them! I watched it once and have been in love with it since. Both Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor do a wonderful job. Ewan gets very into his character. Kidman and McGregor both have very good singing voices. I love the plot aswell. The whole movie is just so cute. It makes you laugh and cry. Christian and Satine I think are the best couple ever in a movie.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Red Windmill

    Moulin Rouge is one of my favorite modern musicals. Nicole Kidman puts in a striking perfomance as Satine and her voice is so beautiful when she sings. Ewen McGregor is a wonderful actor; he really gets into his character in this movies, bringing Christian to life. This movie is a must see because it is SPECTACULAR SPECTACULAR.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I absolutely adore this movie.

    I love musicals, and Moulin Rouge is the best when it comes to unoriginal music. It is beautifully composed and puts an interesting twist on songs you already know and love. The context of the songs is also really cool. Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor are amazing. It's humorous and emotional and you'll laugh and cry and probably both at the same time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST MOVIE

    Moulin Rouge is one of my favorite movies of all time. It will make you cry and laugh. The music in this movie is great. Nicole Kidman did an awesome job and so did ewan mcgreggor. I can watch this movie over 40 times and still be in love with it and not get bored because its just so cute.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Simply Amazing

    This movie is such a classic. I love it sooo much. It has an epic love story and the music is amazing! Everyone and anyone will love this movie.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Moulan Rouge

    I am mearly a 12 year-old girl; yet i have fallen head over heels for this movie. From the beautiful love story (that ends in tragity for the main character) to the rediculas Tolouse. This movie will have you on the edge of your seat, untill tears fill your eyes at the ending. I would recomend this movie to any and everyone. All drama, music, or comedy lovers will love this, i gatentee it.
    THE GREATEST THING YOU'LL EVER LEARN IS JUST TO LOVE AND BE LOVED IN RETURN!! ?
    thanks for reading!!
    ~rosalie

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Awesome!

    I love this movie!But I am not aloud to talk about it.<BR/>Because I am only 10!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Favorite Movie

    This movie is full of such imagination and creativity. It is visually and emotionally stimulating, and quite frankly makes me want to run off to make movies that will affect people how this one affected me. Just a stunning film. I can't wait to see director Baz Luhrman's next, Australia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "I Will Love You Until My Dying Day"

    I will always love this movie!! Ewan McGreggor and Nicole Kidman make an awesome couple. The way that it is written and performed, is perfect. This really made me take another look at the way that 'love' is discribed. The rendition of 'Girls Best Friend' is great, I like it better than Marilyn Monroe's version, the 'El Tango De Roxanne' is probably one of my favorite scenes, though I love the 'Elephant Love Meldley' is my all-time fave. If you are to see this movie, or own it, then I say that you must get the soundtrack, it does need to have the song 'Spectacular Spectacular' in it tough, but Ewan McGreggor is a lovely singer! Please make another soundtrack, a super soundtrack!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ANY ACTORS HERE?

    Oh my!! All these positive reviews and not a single decent performmance in sight. Kidman hams it up and is completely unconvincing. Ewan McGregor has all the character depth of boiled chicken. Poor plot overlayed with bad music and flashy production numbers. DON'T BUY THIS MOVIE Rent it and save the landfill space.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    INCREDIBLE!!!!!

    I loved this movie as soon as i watched it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Only one rule: Never fall in love

    This movie is totaly awsome! Richard Roxburgh did a great job as the duke, and Nicole was tubular! I think it's a wonderful love story, even if it is deppressing every now and them. Sometimes, it's really funny. Like the beginning, it was totaly hilarious. The only thing I would've changed was the ending when they're all happy and the duke leaves. I would've kept Satine alive myself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Greatest Thing You Will Ever Learn, is Just to Love and Be Loved in Return

    I saw this movie because I had heard so many wonderful things about it, and although it was not quite what I expected I still say it is a beautifully done love story with spectacular music to match! Beautiful prostitute Satine, artfully portrayed by Nicole Kidman, is the main attraction at the Moulin Rouge. But despite her fame, she still feels something is missing, although she doesn't quite realize it until a poor writer named Christian enters the picture. She realizes that although she has always had countless men wanting her, it was never love, and Christian shows her what true love really is. Now she is torn between fame and love. Will she marry the duke, pursue fame and riches, and forget Christian? Or will she leave her splendid life behind for the sake of love? Not only is the story incredible, but the music is supurb! From the dazzling beginning scene with 'Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend', to the tragic ending with 'Come What May', the score is what grabs your attention and holds it for the entire film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    what a wonderful story

    this is one of the best movies ever made...ewan mcgregor and nicole kidman have an amazing voice, and the songs and the story line are just amazing. one of the few movies i cried in. This movie made me laugh cry and in the end, i wish it couldve gone on

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A sparkling Diamond above all others

    Moulin Rouge is a movie to dazzle the audience. The bright colors and costumes draw you in even further. When the two main characters, Christian and Satine fall in love, you know they are in for the ride of their lives. From a dwarf to a narcolepsy stricken Argentinean, the cast has never ending surprises for the movie goers. The endless signing also gives a new flavor to the movie making it even more enjoyable. You will be amazed at the voice powers of Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. For four stars, this is a tale to impress as audiences of all ages will appreciate the Bohemian revolution in this tale of freedom, truth, beauty, and love.

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