Synopsis: The Burlesque Lounge has its best days behind it. Tess, a retired dancer and owner of the venue, struggles to keep the aging theater alive, facing all kinds of financial and artistic challenges. With the Lounge's troupe members becoming increasingly distracted by personal problems and a threat coming from a wealthy businessman's quest to buy the spot from Tess, the good fortune seems to have abandoned the club altogether. Meanwhile, the life of Ali, a small-town girl from Iowa, is about to change dramatically. Hired by Tess as a waitress at the Lounge, Ali escapes a hollow past and quickly falls in love with the art of burlesque. Backed by newfound friends amongst the theater's crew, she manages to fulfill her dreams of being on stage herself. Things take a dramatic turn though when Ali's big voice makes her become the main attraction of the revue.
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical
Director(s): Steve Antin
Production: Sony Pictures/Screen Gems
  Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 18 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
119 min

Sixteen-fifty for you, 16:50 for me.

Loretta, I'm leaving.

What do you mean?

Soon as I get my check, I'm gone.

I'll be back.

Dwight, I need my

check before you leave.

Payday's at the end of the month.

You still haven't paid us

for last month.

I need my money,

Loretta's got a kid to feed.

Hey, you got a problem

with management?

Put a note in the suggestion box.

- Dwight! I'm serious. I'm quitting.

- I'll be back for the dinner shift.

I sure as hell won't be.

What are you doing?

I'm only taking what he owes me,

not a penny more.

You take that money,

he's gonna come after you.

- He's gotta find me first.

- What're you gonna do?

This ought to cover that bike you've

been wanting to get for little Keith.

You're late to pick him up

from school.

Go. I got everything covered here.

You're really going?

I'm really going.

That bike can wait till Christmas.

You keep what he owes you.

I'll deal with Dwight, okay?

See you later.

Oh... sometimes I get a good feeling

I get a feeling that I never,

never had before

And I just got to tell you right now

I believe, I really do believe that

Something's got a hold on me

(Oh, it must be love)

Something's got a hold on me

right now child

(Yeah, it must be love)

Let me tell you now

I got a feeling, I feel so strange

Everything about me seems to

have changed

Step by step,

I got a brand new walk

I even sound sweeter when I talk

I said... Oh, oh... ho

I said, baby

Oh, it must be love

(You know, it must be love)

How much to Los Angeles?

- One-way or round-trip?

- You're kidding, right?

Let me tell you now

My heart feels heavy,

my feet feel light

I shake all over, but I feel alright

I never felt like this before

Something's got a hold on me

that won't let go

I never thought it could

happen to me

My heart was heavy when in misery

I never thought it could be this way

Love's sure gonna put a hurting on me

I said... Oh, oh... ho

I said, baby

Oh... it must be love

(You know it must be love)

He walks like love

(You know he walks like love)

And he talks like love

(You know he talks like love)

Makes me feel alright

(Makes me feel alright)

In the middle of the night

(In the middle of the night)

Na na na na!

(Na na na na!)

Oh yeah

Oh yeah

Hey, Coco. Coco Puff, you're on.

Come on. You're on, you're on.

We may not have windows...

...but we do have the best view

on Sunset Strip.

Twenty bucks.

What is this place, a strip club?

"Strip club"?

Honey, I should wash your mouth out

with the Jgermeister.

The only Pole you'll find in there

is Natasha, the short girl.

Baby cakes, I got a club to fill here.

Right, sorry.


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Show a little less

Add a little smoke

Welcome to Burlesque

Everything you dream of

But never can possess

Nothing's what it seems

Welcome to Burlesque

Everyone is buying

Put your money in my hand

If you got a little extra

Well, give it to the band

You may not be guilty

But you're ready to confess

Tell me what you need

Welcome to Burlesque

You can dream of Coco

Do it at your risk

The triplets grant you mercy

But not your every wish

Jesse keeps you guessing

So cool and statuesque

"Behave yourself," says Georgia

Welcome to Burlesque

Everyone is buying

Put your money in my hand

If you want a little extra

Well, you know where I am

Something very dark

Is playing with your mind

It's not the end of days

It's just the bump and grind

Show a little more

Show a little less

Add a little smoke

Welcome to Burlesque

- Can I get you a drink?

- Only if you're buying.

- Welcome to L.A.

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Steve Antin

Steven Howard "Steve" Antin (born April 19, 1958) is an American actor, stunt man, screenwriter, producer, and director. more…

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