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A "Romeo and Juliet"-inspired Cold War satire starring, written and directed by Peter Ustinov. A tiny but otherwise inconsequential and powerless European country called Concordia holds the deciding vote in a crucial United Nations resolution. As the U.S. and Soviet Union try to manipulate Condordia so that its vote aligns with their interests, Concordia's wily leader (Ustinov) turns the tables on the superpowers, pitting one against the other by playing matchmaker between the son of the Soviet ambassador and the daughter of his US counterpart. Written by
The original Broadway production of "Romanoff and Juliet" by Peter Ustinov opened at the Plymouth Theater in New York on October 10, 1957, ran for 389 performances and was nominated for the 1958 Tony Award for the Best Play. Peter Ustinov and Edward Atienza recreated their stage role in the movie and Ustinov was nominated for the 1958 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. See more »
[trying to persuade the General to cast his vote on the United Nations amendment from which he has abstained]
Why, a child could understand it!
Alas, I'm no longer a child.
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Romanoff and Juliet is one of the best movies I've seen, and had me laughing out loud most of the time. It is both a lighthearted comedy and an excellent satire of both the US and the Soviet Union. A very intelligent and deep satire, at that, which gets just about everything right. Peter Ustinov is very likeable and extremely funny in his role, but so are all the other actors. A true gem. 10/10
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