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Director: Chris Columbus

Cast: Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Rosario Dawson

 

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This film adaptation of the Broadway musical based loosely on Puccini's opera La Bohème features many members of the original cast. It follows a year in the lives of seven friends living the disappearing Bohemian lifestyle in New York's East Village. AIDS and both its physical and emotional complications pervade the lives of Roger (Adam Pascal), Mimi (Rosario

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This film adaptation of the Broadway musical based loosely on Puccini's opera La Bohème features many members of the original cast. It follows a year in the lives of seven friends living the disappearing Bohemian lifestyle in New York's East Village. AIDS and both its physical and emotional complications pervade the lives of Roger (Adam Pascal), Mimi (Rosario Dawson), Tom (Jesse L. Martin), and Angel (Wilson Jermaine Heredia); Maureen (Idina Menzel) deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne (Tracie Thoms), wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble; Benjamin (Taye Diggs) has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends; and Mark (Anthony Rapp), an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general, always behind the camera recording the events but never playing a part.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
One-play glory: That’s what Rent is to the legacy of Jonathan Larson, who, after years of struggle, fulfilled his grandiose dream of changing the face of American musical theater with this Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning rock-ish opera inspired by Puccini’s La Bohème. Tragically, Larson died of an aneurysm before his zeitgeist masterwork opened on Broadway and established itself as the Hair of the 1990s, attracting the MTV/AZT generation to the theater. Like Phantom of the Opera, Rent enjoys a passionately devoted following, one that eagerly anticipated this film treatment. One significant difference from the Phantom film, though, is that Rent comes to the screen with much of its core ensemble intact. Set in 1989, the musical celebrates a year in the life of a circle of friends, struggling and starving artists living a bohemian existence in New York’s East Village. They include: Mark (Anthony Rapp), a filmmaker newly dedicated to vérité; musician Roger (Adam Pascal), his roommate, a recovering addict seeking that “one-song glory” to leave behind; and Benny (Taye Diggs), who marries the landlord's daughter and then breaks his promise of providing free residence to his former roommates. Also here are Tom (Jesse L. Martin), a philosophy professor who is nursed back to health after a mugging by sweet transvestite Angel (Wilson Jermaine Heredia); Mimi (cast newcomer Rosario Dawson), Roger’s downstairs neighbor, a drug-addicted dancer at the Cat Scratch Club; drama queen Maureen (Idina Menzel) and lawyer Joanne (another newcomer, Tracie Thoms), for whom Maureen left Mark. The depressing milieu and the shadow of AIDS cannot extinguish Larson’s message of optimism and hope. Rent-heads will definitely want to own this two-disc set. Among its special features is a moving, nearly hour-long documentary, “No Day but Today,” which chronicles Larson’s life and the creation of Rent, and tells how the play was nurtured for the screen under the direction of an initially curious choice, Chris Columbus, best known for Home Alone and the first two Harry Potter films.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/11/2007
UPC:
0043396195080
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
ABC
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:15:00
Sales rank:
16,095

Special Features

Deleted scenes and musical performances; Commentary by director Chris Columbus and select cast; Feature-length documentary "No Day But Today"; Public service announcements for Jonathan Larson's performing arts Foundation and the National Marfan Foundation

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Rapp Mark Cohen
Adam Pascal Roger Davis
Rosario Dawson Mimi Marquez
Jesse L. Martin Tom Collins
Wilson Jermaine Heredia Angel Dumont Schunard
Idina Menzel Maureen Johnson
Tracie Thoms Joanne Jefferson
Taye Diggs Benjamin Coffin III
Aaron Lohr Steve
Sarah Silverman Alexi Darling
Wayne Wilcox Gordon
Anna Deavere Smith Mrs. Jefferson
Darryl Edwards Mr. Jefferson
Daniel London Paul
Aisha de Haas Blanket Woman
Julia Roth Rent Tenant
Porscha Radcliffe Rent Tenant
Stephen Payne Homeless Squeegee Man
Darryl Chan Thug
Ken Clark Thug
R.C. Ormond Thug
David Fine Homeless Man on Range Rover
MacKenzie Firgens April
Eleanor Columbus April's Friend
Matthew McCollum Guy at Bar
Jason Foster The Man
Brendan Columbus Punk in Park
Austin Shea Punk in Park
Bianca Sams Ali
Heather Barberie Pam
Liisa Cohen Sue
Sharon Ferrol Cat Scratch Floor Dancer
Liz Ramos Cat Scratch Floor Dancer
Kristin Medwick Cat Scratch Floor Dancer
Katie Weber Cat Scratch Floor Dancer
Angela McConnell Cat Scratch Floor Dancer
Jamielyn Duggin Cat Scratch Floor Dancer
Feleciana Stevenson Cat Scratch Floor Dancer
Kim Williams Cat Scratch Floor Dancer
Damia Foti Cat Scratch Waitress
Laura Padierne Cat Scratch Waitress
Kevin Hagan Cop
Brian Delate Cop
Michael Rosales Subway Punk
Niyuk Hairell Subway Punk
Larissa Kierman Subway Punk
Marco De La Cruz Subway Passenger
Ericka Harden Subway Passenger
Truc Luong Subway Passenger
Megan Biolchini Subway Grad Student
Nick Scoggin Subway Man
John C. Champion Subway Stockbroker
Titus West Subway Stockbroker
Renda Pettis Slightly Older Subway Woman
Alison De Oliveira Subway Businesswoman
Debbie De Coudreaux Subway Mom
Chris Chalk Street Vendor Who Sells Coats
Cory Duval Riot Cop
Clarke P.Devereux Riot Cop
Coren Rosey Life Cafe Manager
Shaun Earl Life Cafe Waiter
Matthew Dickens Bohemian
Tara Nicole Hughes Bohemian
Troy Christian Bohemian
Gigi Hunter Bohemian
Kevin Stea Bohemian
Robert Prescott Lee Bohemian
Sebastien Poffet Bohemian
Linda Cevallos Bohemian
Roosevelt Fienoury Bohemian
Mike Garibaldi Mr Grey
Rod Arrants Mr Hansen
Jennifer Siebel Receptionist
Kevin Blackton Mr Johnson
Bettina Devin Mrs Johnson
Corinne Blum Female Bartender at Engagement Party
Annie Barnathan Candy Striper
David Stewart Mourner
Marcos Estebez Mourner
Emily Rahe Mourner
Vivis Colombetti Angel's Grandmother
Nicole Cherie Flores Angel's Sister
James Anthony Cotton Used Car Salesman
James Cranna Pawn Shop Dealer
Randy Graff Mrs Cohen
Joel Sweto Mr Cohen
David Richard Campbell Conductor

Technical Credits
Chris Columbus Director,Producer
Michael F. Anderson Camera Operator
William Shackleton Arnot Camera Operator
Michael Barnathan Producer
J.C. Brotherhood Special Effects Supervisor
Stephen H. Carter Art Director
Rob Cavallo Songwriter,Musical Arrangement
Stephen Chbosky Screenwriter
Howard Cummings Production Designer
Keith P. Cunningham Art Director
Robert De Niro Producer
Caroline Quinn Decker Set Decoration/Design
Ray Delamotte Camera Operator
Craig Edelblut Set Decoration/Design
Jann K. Engel Set Decoration/Design
Stephen Goldblatt Cinematographer
Allan S. Gordon Executive Producer
Halsted Craig Hannah Consultant/advisor
Geoffrey Hansen Associate Producer,Asst. Director
L. Dean Jones Production Manager
Jonathan Larson Score Composer
Julie Larson Co-producer
Matt Sullivan Musical Direction/Supervision
Kevin McCollum Executive Producer
Doug McKean Score Composer
John McLeod Special Effects Supervisor
Paul Measom Set Decoration/Design
Jamie Muhoberac Score Composer
Harry E. Otto Set Decoration/Design
Richard Pearson Editor
Paula DuPre Pesman Associate Producer
Tim Pierce Score Composer
Mark A. Radcliffe Producer
Aggie Guerard Rodgers Costumes/Costume Designer
Jane Rosenthal Producer
Lata Ryan Executive Producer
Jeffrey Seller Executive Producer
Nanci Noblett Starr Art Director
Bernie Telsey Casting
Kenny-King Turko Makeup
Tim Weil Musical Arrangement
Keith Young Choreography

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Rent 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 104 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie will change how you look at the world and this movie touched me and is the most amazing movie I have ever seen. Definetley recommended but it is PG-13 for a reason so listen to the rating because if you are under 13 you should definetley have parental advisoray
Guest More than 1 year ago
i first saw this movie in the theater, and cried my eyes out. then i got into the musical. both are different but amazing at the same time. now i own this movie and ive probably watched it about 30 times. it never gets old. its filled with such incredible songs and such heart, you get so attached to the characters (im a mark fan!) buy it now!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just love this show its a good store of friends, lovers and hard times. Plus drugs and HIV.. I think it is a MUST SEE!!!
DarthRater More than 1 year ago
awesome from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw Rent on Broadway in 2004 and thought it was an alright production but an amazing storyline. When I heard the movie was opening I knew I had to see it. Rent was more amazing then the production and brought new life to the same familiar faces. Anthony Rapp was extraordinary as Mark Cohen the filmmaker who eyewitnesses and interacts in all of the craziness. Roger and Mimi(played by Adam Pascal and Rosario Dawson) sparkled as a couple who find each other in an opening rendition of "RENT". A heartwrenching performance by Wilison Jermaine Heredia as Angel who has AIDS, a heart of gold, and makes all the friends realize how lucky they all are to be together. Angel's partner throughtout the story is Tom Collins otherwise known as Jesse L. Martin. His rendition of "Santa Fe" really makes you want to leave your life behind an open up a restaurant. Idina Menzel, notably from the Broadway musical "WICKED", was outrageous and humorous as Maureen the ex girlfriend of Mark and new girlfriend of Joanne. If "Jump Over the Moon" doesnt make you crack up I dont know what will. As for her lover, Joanne, cooly played by Tracie Thoms, she shows off her vocal ability brilliantly in "Tango: Maureen" which afterwards makes you want to learn the tango. The most pleasing part besides the characters and songs were the actors. Chris Columbus made a brilliant move to cast the entire original Broadway cast for the movie. The only newcomers being Tracie Thoms and Rosario Dawson. If you like musicals or just like a story that keeps you upbeat Rent is the movie that makes you want to believe in "La Vie Boheme". I know I did!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not care for this musical at all. The subject matter was probably more off-putting than the music. It was extremely dark and depresing. Not what I generally look for in entertainment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the musical and big surprise, I loved loved loved the movie. It was awesome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rent Is A Must See Movie. Rent Touches The Heart. Once You See This Movie ... You WILL Be Obsessed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best movies I've ever seen! When I first saw it I watched it almost every night! My favorite characters are Mimi and Mark.
Guest More than 1 year ago
period. no questions asked.
Guest More than 1 year ago
RENT WAS AWESOME. That is all to it. I did not know there was a Broadway version but I both enjoyed both versions. (musical and movie.) It made me cry during 'Without You.' It makes you realize there is 'no day but today' and we should live it. I also loved 'La Vie Boheme' as the bohemians of Avenue A make fun of their lives and the lives of other people. To them, it was just that day to forget their problems. It truly shows "today for you,tommorrow for me."
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ahh i loved this movie!! i saw it 4 times and seen the broadway show a month ago 2 times!! its different and more ellabroted from the show but its great, 2 new cast members and music a little diffent but if you loved rent you will love this also!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you appreciate movies and musicals, this is the movie for you!!! This movie shows you what life is really like behind all the other nonsense. This movie has got everything. It will make you laugh, cry, and it will make you sing along with the cast!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such an amazing and powerful movie. It holds a great message accompanied by wonderful music. Its a must have!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
an amazing movie filled with laughs , crys and music
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a must see. Living with the virus that encompasses this entire feature really makes it truly hit home. Although one wouldn't need that minute detail to feel the energy and power that this film embodies. I definitely recommend it to anyone and everyone, it will truly touch your heart and push you to tears many times over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't say a single thing I didn't like about this DVD. The movie and the special features are simply spectacular... Do yourself a favor and get it.