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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.

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Based on a True 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

Steven Mackintosh (who plays Elton's father) and director Dexter Fletcher both acted in Guy Ritchie's 1998 crime comedy 'Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels'. That film was also produced by Matthew Vaughn, whose production company MARV was also involved in the production of this film. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film, it is implied that the song and music video for, "I'm Still Standing" depicts Elton celebrating having finally become sober and conquering his addictions. But he did not give up alcohol until after filming the music video; in fact, Andy Taylor of Duran Duran recalled getting drunk with Elton on martinis in Cannes during filming, and throwing a massive all-night party in which Elton's personal assistant's hotel suite was, "leveled." Waking up the next morning, a hungover Elton surveyed the damage and asked, "What happened?" The assistant replied, "You happened!," and Elton gave up alcohol shortly afterwards. See more »

Quotes

Elton John: I'm sorry.
Renate: I know.
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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

Sad Songs (Say So Much)
Written by Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Published by HST Publishing Ltd and Rouge Booze Inc.
Administered by Universal Music Publishing Ltd
Produced by Giles Martin
Performed by Taron Egerton
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He's Still Standing!
21 May 2019 | by jasongkgreenSee all my reviews

The story of a damaged individual trying to come to terms with themselves and their subsequent addiction is not a new story. However, not many of those folk live a life like Elton's. Producing hit after hit with Bernie like shelling peas.

This is a film first but a musical second, and what a score. Genuine goose bump moments, one hum dinger in a early first major performance.

A hell of a strong cast, with really too many to mention, the casting of Taron Egerton as Elton was genius.

This is a moving story, which flew past and really is as good as the reviews imo. Loved it, a really strong 8.

Elton's popularity will really expand with this. Get on it!


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