MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 853 this week

Romeo and Juliet (1936)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  3 September 1936 (USA)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 1,080 users  
Reviews: 36 user | 10 critic

Young love is poisoned by a generations long feud between two noble families.

Director:

Writers:

(play), (adaptation)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 32 titles
created 04 Dec 2011
 
a list of 43 titles
created 14 May 2013
 
a list of 44 titles
created 07 Jul 2013
 
a list of 41 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 37 titles
created 1 week ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Romeo and Juliet" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Romeo and Juliet (1936)

Romeo and Juliet (1936) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Romeo and Juliet.

User Polls

Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The tragic life of Marie Antoinette, who became queen of France in her late teens.

Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, Julien Duvivier
Stars: Norma Shearer, Tyrone Power, John Barrymore
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Paul Czinner
Stars: Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, David Blair
Music | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Directors: Lev Arnshtam, Leonid Lavrovsky
Stars: Galina Ulanova, Yuri Zhdanov, I. Olenina
Romeo & Juliet (TV Movie 1978)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two teenagers fall in love, but their feuding families and fate itself cause the relationship to end in tragedy.

Director: Alvin Rakoff
Stars: Patrick Ryecart, Rebecca Saire, Celia Johnson
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad take on the title characters in a modern adaptation of the timeless classic, Romeo and Juliet. This Broadway stage production is being broadcast in movie theaters.

Director: Don Roy King
Stars: Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad, Donté Bonner
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Three sisters scheme to reunite their divorced parents before their wealthy father marries a conniving gold digger.

Director: Henry Koster
Stars: Binnie Barnes, Charles Winninger, Alice Brady
Certificate: Passed Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Elizabeth Barrett's tyrannical father has forbidden any of his family to marry. Nevertheless, Elizabeth falls in love with the poet Robert Browning.

Director: Sidney Franklin
Stars: Norma Shearer, Fredric March, Charles Laughton
Romeo & Juliet II (2013)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Romeo and Juliet secretly wed despite the sworn contempt their families hold for each another. It is not long, however, before a chain of fateful events changes the lives of both families forever.

Director: Carlo Carlei
Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Damian Lewis
The Divorcee (1930)
Certificate: Passed Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When a woman discovers that her husband has been unfaithful to her, she decides to respond to his infidelities in kind.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Chester Morris
Jezebel (1938)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A haughty headstrong Southern Belle in Antebellum Louisiana loses her fiance due to her stubborn vanity and pride and vows to get him back.

Director: William Wyler
Stars: Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, George Brent
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When David's father dies, his mother remarries. His new stepfather Murdstone has a mean and cruel view on how to raise a child. When David's mother dies from grief, Murdstone sends David to... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Freddie Bartholomew, Frank Lawton, Edna May Oliver
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.

Director: Baz Luhrmann
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Edna May Oliver ...
...
...
...
Peter - Servant to Juliet's Nurse
Conway Tearle ...
Ralph Forbes ...
Henry Kolker ...
Robert Warwick ...
Virginia Hammond ...
...
Violet Kemble Cooper ...
Edit

Storyline

The Montagues and the Capulets, two powerful families of Verona, hate each other. Romeo, son of Montague, crashes a Capulet party, and there meets Juliet, daughter of Capulet. They fall passionately in love. Since their families would disapprove, they marry in secret. Romeo gets in a fight with Tybalt, nephew of Lady Capulet, and kills him. He is banished from Verona. Capulet, not knowing that his daughter is already married, proceeds with his plans to marry Juliet to Paris, a prince. This puts Juliet in quite a spot, so she goes to the sympathetic Friar Laurence, who married her to Romeo. He suggests a daring plan to extricate her from her fix. Tragedy ensues. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Scenes of combat that will stir your pulse...tender haunting romance that will stay ever fresh in your memory...spectacular beauty that will set a feast for your eyes...in the greatest melodramatic romance of all time...presented as it has never been before...the final glorious flower of motion picture achievement.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 September 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Romeo og Julie  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Basil Rathbone earned the first of his two Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor for his work in this film, but lost the Oscar to Walter Brennan. As he would do again two years later when he was nominated for If I Were King (1938). See more »

Quotes

Juliet: Romeo. Romeo. Wherefore art thou Romeo?
See more »

Connections

Version of Tromeo and Juliet (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Romeo and Juliet
(1869) (uncredited)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Best of Cinema's ROMEO AND JULIETs
5 May 2004 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

This is quite simply the best version of Shakespeare's beloved tragic drama that has ever hit the screen. A quintessential problem with the play is that its characters are not at all well-suited to film. The stage allows middle-aged experienced actors to play the parts, for the distance between an audience and actor on the stage can supply all necessary illusion. The intimacy of the camera makes a demand, however: either sacrifice this understanding for youth or sacrifice the youth for understanding. The title characters are supposedly meant to be only in their mid-teens, but to successfully portray them, an experienced mentality is needed, and so it is imperative that the latter sacrifice be made. On film, rarely does the depth the two characters require come forth, instead substituted with this youthful energy. This has allowed plenty of young, age-appropriate actors to deliver perfectly horrible performances as the young lovers. When Franco Zeferelli produced his overrated version of this tale in the 60s, he cast Olivia Hussey and Juliet and Leonard Whitting as Romeo...and the two made Romeo and Juliet teenagers with no sense of real love and instead horny teenage lust. By casting Norma Shearer (around 36) and Leslie Howard (over 40) as the two, M-G-M lost the supreme youth, but gained a near-perfect asset of understanding of the characters. Shearer's delivery is perfect, particularly in the spine-tingling rendition of Juliet's death-contemplation monologue just before she takes the poison. Leslie Howard nearly matches her with his Romeo, throwing some lines at the audience in a totally new, fresh, and unexpected way. Edna May Oliver perfectly captures Shakespeare's Nurse, filling her with both bawdy humor and genuine care for Juliet's well-being. As Tybalt, a role cut down from the original length but nonetheless impressive, Basil Rathbone is astonishing; he earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his work here. Also of note is John Barrymore, whom I have read was at times totally ossified while filming his scenes. His age really shows, and he is no longer the leading Baron from Grand Hotel, but his controversial performance is, if not to all minds good, at least totally engrossing. He was at a time the most celebrated of all Shakespearean stage actors, and this film marks his only completely recorded performance in a sound film of the Bard's work; this makes the film further noteworthy. To add to this pedigree cast, M-G-M put their top technical men on the job. Adrian and Cedric Gibbons perfectly capture the look and flavor of the play with their elegant costumes and sets. The art deco, sleek look ingeniously blends modern architecture with what is expected from Shakespeare's day. The camerawork is brilliant also, and Herbert Stothart's blend of Tchaikalvski's haunting Love Theme and original music creates just the perfect musical score. All of these elements combine to create the first truly great Shakespearean film adaptation, and also one of the best films of the era, period. Far superior to Zeferelli's version, and any other one I've seen, George Cukor's Romeo and Juliet is another masterpiece from one of the all-time great directors, who helmed such classic, well-regarded productions as Dinner at Eight, David Copperfield, The Philadelphia Story, and Adam's Rib.


24 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
HEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLL LLLLLLLLP!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!! gotAfireINmyBRAIN
Those tunics ath-11
Discuss Romeo and Juliet (1936) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?