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Rocketman (2019)

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

Director:

Dexter Fletcher

Writer:

Lee Hall
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Cast

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Only Way to Tell His Story is to live His Fantasy. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

UK | USA | Canada

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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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,725,722, 2 June 2019, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$93,017,371, 18 July 2019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$179,160,016, 14 July 2019
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In any early scene a music producer tells Elton he's going to shoot the next piano player who plays Streets of Laredo. This is potentially a nod to Elton John's album "Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player". See more »

Goofs

When young Reggie first enters the Royal Academy and meets his piano playing to be tutor, she greets him with her hand held out (to shake) and asks how is he, to which the young (c. 12!) Reggie replies (just): "Good"! No young British working class - even if 'upper' so (from Harrow?) - boy of the fifties / sixties would ever greet an adult, let alone one who was his to be his tutor in a prestigious new position, with such a (modern, U.S. style) lame, even disrespectful way. See more »

Quotes

Sheila: Do you know how disappointing it is to be your mother?
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Crazy Credits

Stills of Taron Edgerton from scenes in the film are compared to real life images of Elton John throughout the end credits. See more »


Soundtracks

Take Me To The Pilot
Written by Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Published by Universal / Dick James Music Ltd
Produced by Giles Martin
Performed by Taron Egerton
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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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