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Rocketman

"Based on a true fantasy"

R 2019-05-17 Music 2hr 1m

The story of Elton John's life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin.

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The story of Elton John's life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin.

  • Released
    2019-05-17
  • Revenue
    $167,300,000
  • Budget
    $40,000,000
  • Runtime
    2hr 1m
  • Genre
    Music, Drama
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    English
  • imdb-logo
    7.3
  • Production
    Paramount, New Republic Pictures, Marv, Rocket Pictures, Lawrence Bender Productions

Crew

Dexter Fletcher
Director
Lee Hall
Writer
Lawrence Bender
Producer

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Cast

Taron Egerton

Taron Egerton

Elton John
Jamie Bell

Jamie Bell

Bernie Taupin
Matthew Illesley

Matthew Illesley

Young Reggie
Kit Connor

Kit Connor

Older Reggie
Charlie Rowe

Charlie Rowe

Ray Williams
Evan Walsh

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Elton Dean
Tate Donovan

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Doug Weston
Harriet Walter

Harriet Walter

Helen Piena
Stephen Graham

Stephen Graham

Dick James
Sharon D. Clarke

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AA Counsellor
Aston McAuley

Aston McAuley

Dave Godin
David Doyle

David Doyle

Pub Man 1
Diana Alexandra Pocol

Diana Alexandra Pocol

Mary the Receptionist
Eddie Mann

Eddie Mann

Band Member
Josh McClorey

Josh McClorey

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Micah Holmes

Micah Holmes

LA Transgender Maid
Charles Armstrong

Charles Armstrong

Mr. Anderson
Barbara Drennan

Barbara Drennan

Mrs. Anderson
Jake Shears

Jake Shears

MC Drag Queen
Sian Crisp

Sian Crisp

Waitress
Dale Monie

Dale Monie

1st Hanger-On
Alison Ball

Alison Ball

LA Party Girl
Danielle Scott

Danielle Scott

LA Party Girl
Leon Cooke

Leon Cooke

Hugh / Dancer
Juozas Statkevicius

Juozas Statkevicius

Parkland Patient
Benjamin Lok

Benjamin Lok

Parkland Patient
Dempsey Bovell

Dempsey Bovell

Parkland Patient
Max Croes

Max Croes

Parkland Patient
Natalie Adams

Natalie Adams

Parkland Patient
Pete McCabe

Pete McCabe

Parkland Patient
Rebecca Davis

Rebecca Davis

Parkland Patient
Titilayo Abiola

Titilayo Abiola

Parkland Patient
Ross Dawes

Ross Dawes

Parkland Patient
Alexa Povah

Alexa Povah

Parkland Patient
Mark Atkin

Mark Atkin

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Nia Towle

Nia Towle

Sushi Girl
Jo Dyce

Jo Dyce

Dancer
Ed Munro

Ed Munro

Dancer
Ziad Abaza

Ziad Abaza

Hospital Nurse (uncredited)
Christina Andrew

Christina Andrew

Dodger Girl (uncredited)
Lasco Atkins

Lasco Atkins

Extended Family (uncredited)
Jamie Bacon

Jamie Bacon

Cool Dude (uncredited)
Anna Benamati

Anna Benamati

Elton John's House Manager (uncredited)
Pierre Bergman

Pierre Bergman

Fine Restaurant Diner (uncredited)
Carlos Borrás

Carlos Borrás

Dancer (uncredited)
Dan Burns

Dan Burns

Dancer (uncredited)
Peter Cerlienco

Peter Cerlienco

Dee Murray (uncredited)
Eric Coco

Eric Coco

Bodybuilder (uncredited)
David Cradduck

David Cradduck

Newspaper Seller (uncredited)
Nick Davison

Nick Davison

Funfair Stallholder (uncredited)
Marco De Marlo

Marco De Marlo

Dancer (uncredited)
Michele Donockley

Michele Donockley

Gig Goer (uncredited)
Dani Dupont

Dani Dupont

Air Stewardess (uncredited)
Healthy Emmie

Healthy Emmie

Fan (uncredited)
Amor Evans

Amor Evans

Fashion Journalist (uncredited)
Viktorija Faith

Viktorija Faith

Party Guest (uncredited)
Karl Farrer

Karl Farrer

Fine Restaurant Diner (uncredited)
Delia Florea

Delia Florea

Dancer (uncredited)
Jack French

Jack French

Drug Dealer (uncredited)
Inna Georgia

Inna Georgia

Bernie Taupin Girlfriend (uncredited)
Michel Alexandre Gonzalez

Michel Alexandre Gonzalez

Busboy (uncredited)
Mark Gooden

Mark Gooden

Fairground Guest (uncredited)
Nicholle Hembra

Nicholle Hembra

Teddy Girl (uncredited)
Theo Ip

Theo Ip

80's New Yorker / Londoner (uncredited)
Nick Kellington

Nick Kellington

Elton's Stagehand (uncredited)
Adnan Kundi

Adnan Kundi

Gig Punter / Hollywood Bowl Crowd (uncredited)
Kamil Lemieszewski

Kamil Lemieszewski

Dr. Maverick / Paramedic (uncredited)
Xiao Xue Xu Lin

Xiao Xue Xu Lin

Party Goer (uncredited)
Francesco Lucidi

Francesco Lucidi

Nigel Olsson (uncredited)
Ketan Majmudar

Ketan Majmudar

Dodgers Stadium Attendee (uncredited)
Giles Martin

Giles Martin

Music Producer (uncredited)
Ida May

Ida May

Party Girl (uncredited)
Elizabeth McCafferty

Elizabeth McCafferty

Ray Williams' Girlfriend (uncredited)
Solomon Mousley

Solomon Mousley

Sonny (uncredited)
Adrian Mozzi

Adrian Mozzi

Elton John's Guest (uncredited)
Laura Obiols

Laura Obiols

Elton John's Guest (uncredited)
Tom Ogg

Tom Ogg

George - John Reid's Boyfriend (uncredited)
Rory Okey

Rory Okey

LA Drug Dealer (uncredited)
Richard Price

Richard Price

Pinner Resident / Concert Attendee (uncredited)
Jess Radomska

Jess Radomska

Teddy Girl 1 (uncredited)
Eddie Register

Eddie Register

Burly Guy (uncredited)
Kemal Shah

Kemal Shah

Doorman (uncredited)
Charlotte Sharland

Charlotte Sharland

Ice Cream Girl (Pinner) (uncredited)
Sarah Sharman

Sarah Sharman

Backing Singer (uncredited)
Mariela Silva

Mariela Silva

Dancer (uncredited)
Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith

Punter's Wife (uncredited)
Robert Smith

Robert Smith

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Tanisha Spring

Tanisha Spring

Sylvi (uncredited)
Alisha Tarran

Alisha Tarran

Elton Fangirl (uncredited)
Emily Tebbutt

Emily Tebbutt

Tiller Girl (uncredited)
Dave Thompson

Dave Thompson

Elton's Stage Manager (uncredited)
Peter Trevor

Peter Trevor

Singing Flash Restaurant Customer (uncredited)
Lochlan White

Lochlan White

Dancer - Pinner Child (uncredited)
Luke White

Luke White

Bouncer (uncredited)
Riley White

Riley White

Dancer - Pinner Child (uncredited)
Sara Wilkins

Sara Wilkins

Passerby (uncredited)
Samuel Williams

Samuel Williams

Drag Queen (uncredited)
Charlie Bentley

Charlie Bentley

Parkland Patient (uncredited)
Elton John

Elton John

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Reviews for Rocketman
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A Review by maketheSWITCH 6

Written by maketheSWITCH on 2019-05-29

There’s so much that works about ‘Rocketman’, so the fact it never fully commits to its musical fantasy conceit is a bit of a disappointment... read more

There’s so much that works about ‘Rocketman’, so the fact it never fully commits to its musical fantasy conceit is a bit of a disappointment. It ends up aligning most with Julie Taymor’s curious 2007 Beatles musical ‘Across the Universe’ - a really great idea and approach to the work of a musical artist that never finds its feet or the bravery to fully be itself. It’s still a moving and occasionally stirring portrait of Elton John, and while the lack of emotional or narrative detail in the screenplay never allows Taron Egerton to fully unleash his potential, he’s still a terrific Elton John and sings the hell out of these amazing songs. In the end, despite a refreshing honesty and some fascinating choices, ‘Rocketman’ is never as daring as it so desperately wants and needs and deserves to be, a film on the road to somewhere but never quite getting there. - Daniel Lammin Read Daniel's full article... https://www.maketheswitch.com.au/article/review-rocketman-a-fascinating-musical-biopic-that-never-finds-its-feet

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A Review by garethmb

Written by garethmb on 2019-05-31

Elton John has had a career that has spanned decades, millions of albums sold, packed venues, awards, and more than a few headlines. In the ... read more

Elton John has had a career that has spanned decades, millions of albums sold, packed venues, awards, and more than a few headlines. In the new film “Rocketman” audiences get a look behind the man thanks to the amazing and Oscar worthy portrayal by Taron Egerton. The film opens with a flamboyantly dressed John entering rehab in one of his stage costumes. As he opens up with his group, he shares the story of his childhood as a shy child who is desperate to have his father show him any signs of approval or affection. When it is discovered that he has talent with the piano; his grandmother encourages him and even takes him to apply for a position at the Royal Academy of Music. His mother (Bryce Dallas Howard) is moderately supportive but is more focused on her social life brought on by her failing marriage. As the film unfolds; we see Elton working in a backup band and in time answering an ad that puts him with an agent. Paired with the man who would eventually change his life; Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell), Elton and Bernie combine to write a series of songs which in turn leads him to a series of gigs in Los Angeles. The film shifts into high gear at this point as we see how their music becomes a smash and leads to a series of parties, drugs, and money. Elton meets Manager John Reid (Richard Madden), who becomes his partner both socially and professionally as Elton embraces his Homosexuality which he has kept largely hidden. As the record sales and hits mount, so does the destructive behaviors which leads Elton down a destructive path that threatens everything he has worked for. The movie is a masterpiece of music and story and it cleverly uses musical montages and segments around the performances to outline various segments of his life and his rise to stardom. The performances are amazing and Egerton was simply amazing as he not only captured the complexity of his character but performed all the vocals of the hit songs himself and they were spot on. During our Press Screening I noticed many people singing along, tapping their feet, or bobbing their heads along with the music which helps to underscore just how timeless and popular his catalog of music has been as the songs have endured the test of time. The film also evokes some unexpected emotion as there were more than a few people wiping their eyes during the film which at its core is a store of a young, shy boy desperate to be accepted and loved. I truly hope the film is recognized come Awards season as it is a wonderful and memorable cinematic experience. 5 stars out of 5

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A Review by Ruuz 6

Written by Ruuz on 2019-09-11

_Rocketman_ tries to walk a line between the paint-by-numbers musician biopic bog standard, and epic musical fantasy. A lot of the time when... read more

_Rocketman_ tries to walk a line between the paint-by-numbers musician biopic bog standard, and epic musical fantasy. A lot of the time when a movie tries to be a blend of two things, it ends up being neither. _Rocketman_, conversely, ends up being both, just never at the same time. It's basically two movies, and that epic musical fantasy movie I was talking about that's in there, that's a **great** movie. Unfortunately, the other one, is not so much. I'm still gonna come away giving it a recommendation, because there is enough in there to mean that I enjoyed it, especially in the core casting, all of which is great, not least Egerton. But I was little disappointed, not because my expectations were too high going in or anything, but because every time Rocketman began to slip into a euphoric high, it was moments later wrenched back to, well... Reality, I guess. Albeit a reality we only see on a movie screen. And we see on **every** movie screen when it's a musician biopic. I mean, this is Elton John we're talking about, if there was ever a moment to reject the mundane and fully embrace the over-the-top flamboyant fantasy it was here. But _Rocketman_ just kind of Awkward Christian Camp Side Hugs the over-the-top flamboyant fantasy. _Final rating:★★★ - I liked it. Would personally recommend you give it a go._

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A Review by GenerationofSwine 1

Written by GenerationofSwine on 2023-01-12

I am honestly sort of split down the middle here. I mean, I THOUGHT it was going to be about Elton John... and it was... ...kind of... ... read more

I am honestly sort of split down the middle here. I mean, I THOUGHT it was going to be about Elton John... and it was... ...kind of... ... but it was also a lot more fantasy and fiction than it was a biopic, and had I known that I might not have bothered watching it. I might have braced myself for something that isn't really realistic and more dream-sequence than straight film. So it's not at all what I was hoping for and that did kill it for me. I just wanted to watch a movie about Elton John. Hopefully see a fan movie about Elton John. Especially since I think that Bohemian Rhapsody did Freddy and his story a bit of a disservice. And instead... I got something a little more... Trippy than expected. So I guess, if you like how stylistic it is, you'll enjoy the movie... I mean, it IS about Elton John, so you have a great soundtrack guaranteed. To me, it just seems a little more music video than movie. And, this was Elton John, dude is interesting enough (especially given that he has been musically relevant for about 50 consecutive years), that they could have made it more... real I guess? I don't know. I guess in the end I am giving this one star, just because I was expecting more of a movie.

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A Review by SWITCH.

There’s so much that works about ‘Rocketman’, so the fact it never fully commits to its musical fantasy conceit is a bit of a disappointment. It ends up aligning most with Julie Taymor’s curious 2007 Beatles musical ‘Across the Universe’ - ...

reviewer avatar

A Review by maketheSWITCH 6

Written by maketheSWITCH on 2019-05-29

There’s so much that works about ‘Rocketman’, so the fact it never fully commits to its musical fantasy conceit is a bit of a disappointment. It ends up aligning most with Julie Taymor’s curious 2007 ...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by garethmb

Written by garethmb on 2019-05-31

Elton John has had a career that has spanned decades, millions of albums sold, packed venues, awards, and more than a few headlines. In the new film “Rocketman” audiences get a look behind the man tha...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by Ruuz 6

Written by Ruuz on 2019-09-11

_Rocketman_ tries to walk a line between the paint-by-numbers musician biopic bog standard, and epic musical fantasy. A lot of the time when a movie tries to be a blend of two things, it ends up being...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by GenerationofSwine 1

Written by GenerationofSwine on 2023-01-12

I am honestly sort of split down the middle here. I mean, I THOUGHT it was going to be about Elton John... and it was... ...kind of... ... but it was also a lot more fantasy and fiction than it ...

read more