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Rocketman (2019)

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A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.

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Dexter Fletcher

Writer:

Lee Hall
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Taron Egerton ... Elton John
Jamie Bell ... Bernie Taupin
Richard Madden ... John Reid
Bryce Dallas Howard ... Sheila
Gemma Jones ... Ivy
Steven Mackintosh ... Stanley
Tom Bennett ... Fred
Matthew Illesley ... Young Reggie
Kit Connor ... Older Reggie
Charlie Rowe ... Ray Williams
Peter O'Hanlon Peter O'Hanlon ... Bobby (as Pete O'Hanlon)
Ross Farrelly Ross Farrelly ... Cyril
Evan Walsh Evan Walsh ... Elton Dean
Tate Donovan ... Doug Weston
Sharmina Harrower Sharmina Harrower ... Heather

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A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.

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Rated R for language throughout, some drug use and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This film marks Dexter Fletcher's second 'jukebox musical' following on from Sunshine on Leith (2013), which showcased the songs of The Proclaimers. See more »

Goofs

In Dick James's office in the late 1960s, Elton sings the first bar of 'Sad Songs (say so much)' only to be met with James's remark "Too depressing". This song was not actually written by Bernie Taupin until 1983 (and released in 1984). At the same meeting he also sings a portion of 'I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues' (written in 1982 by Taupin and released in 1983). Whilst these are technically anachronisms, the filmmakers have also said this film is not a factually correct biography and that they took some liberties for the sake of the story. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Elton John: How long is this going to take?
Counselor: That's really up to you.
Elton John: Right then.
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Crazy Credits

The film has a 'text ending'. It reveals that Elton John has been sober for 28 years and counting (but still has a problem with shopping), has established a successful aids charity that has raised over $400 million for HIV/ aids sufferers, is still friends with Bernie Taupin and has never had an argument with him, has finally found proper love with his now husband David Furnish, and has retired from making music in order to focus on raising his two sons. See more »


Soundtracks

Blue Suede Shoes
Written by Carl Perkins
Published by Wren Music Co., a Division of MPL Music Publishing, Inc. on behalf of Carl Perkins Music, Inc.
Performed by Elvis Presley on the television program "Stage Show (1954)"
Courtesy of the Jackie Gleason Enterprises LLC
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A musical as pop as sad
31 May 2019 | by FrenchEddieFelsonSee all my reviews

First things first, Elton John being one of the most famous artists in the world, with a career of about half a century and 300 million albums sold, a biopic was then more than legitimate and was even eagerly awaited. This film is conceived like a musical based on the songs and the life of Elton John, from the 50s to the early 80s, the selected songs being representative of the manifold events of his life, the ups (his life as an accomplished artist mainly) and the downs (his whole private life according to the movie), since his childhood during which he quickly turns out to be a natural born musician until his first sentimental disappointments and the first cures of detoxification (alcohol, drug, ... and tutti quanti). The movie ends with the punchy « I'm still standing », song written in 1983 after a bad patch and foreshadowing a frantic recovery of his life, the lyrics being written by his friend Bernie Taupin.

One of my favorite scenes among many others is the meeting at the Royal Academy of Music, with the third movement of the Sonata Piano No. 11 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played twice. I do not know if it's true but, if so, this child is ingeniously bluffing!

The costumes are superb and the actors are fabulous. The realization is ingenious especially with the appropriate and relevant insertion of the songs in the film, like in a musical. As a synthesis: 7/8 of 10.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rocketman See more »

Filming Locations:

Bray Studios, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,725,722, 2 June 2019

Gross USA:

$96,368,160

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$195,179,299
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2.39 : 1
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