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The Best Moulin Rouge! Quotes

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Moulin Rouge! quotes are certainly quotable for movie fans. These are some of the best quotes from Moulin Rouge!, as determined by you and your votes. Selected as the best movie for 2001 by the National Board of Review, Moulin Rouge! was also nominated for eight Oscars and 13 BAFTA awards. Set in 1899, the film starred Nicole Kidman as Satine and Ewan McGregor as Christian, a young English writer. Moulin Rouge! was released on June 1, 2001 and spent 45 weeks at the box office. Its tagline was "This story is about beauty."

What are the best Moulin Rouge! quotes? Do you like Christian's outburst "Because she doesn't love you!... Him... Hi-him, she doesn't love... she doesn't love him."? Or do you like some of the lesser known lines from the film? Let it be known. Vote for your top Moulin Rouge! quotes and watch them rise to the top of the list.

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    Satine: What's his type? Wilting flower? [sighs] Bright and bubbly? [giggles] Or smoldering temptress? [growls]
    Zidler: I'd say, smoldering temptress.
  • [As Satine is being carried to her dressing room, having passed out.]
    Nini: Looks like the Duke won't be getting his money's worth tonight.
    Dancer: Don't be unkind, Nini!
    [They both giggle]
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    The Duke: Confessing?! What kind of imbecile do you take me for, Zidler?!
    Zidler: She suddenly had a terrible desire...to go to a priest and...confess her sins.
  • The Duke: I don't like this ending...
    Zidler: Don't like the ending, my dear Duke?
    The Duke: Why should the courtesan chose the penniless sitar player over the maharajah who is offering her a lifetime of security? That's real love. Once the sitar player has satisfied his lust he will leave her with nothing. I suggest that the courtesan chose the maharajah.
    Toulouse-Lautrec: But, but tell me, that ending does not uphold the Bohemian ideals of truth, beauty, freedom, and...
    The Duke: [shouts] I don't care about your ridiculous dogma! Why shouldn't the courtesan chose the maharajah?
    Christian: [shouts] Because she doesn't love you!... Him... Hi-him, she doesn't love... she doesn't love him.
    The Duke: Oh, I see... Monsieur Zidler, the play will be rewritten with the courtesan choosing the maharajah and without the lovers' secret song. It will be rehearsed in the morning, ready for the opening tomorrow night...
    Zidler: But, my dear Duke, that will be quite impossible.
    Satine: Harold, the Duke is being treated appallingly. These silly writers let their imaginations run away with themselves. Why don't you and I have a little supper, and then we can tell Monsieur Zidler how we would like the story to end.
    Nini: [to Christian] Don't worry, Shakespeare. You'll get your ending, once the Duke gets his end-in!