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Romeo and Juliet (1968)

PG | | Drama, Romance | 8 October 1968 (USA)
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When two young members of feuding families meet, forbidden love ensues.



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Shakespeare's classic tale of romance and tragedy. Two families of Verona, the Montagues and the Capulets, have been feuding with each other for years. Young Romeo Montague goes out with his friends to make trouble at a party the Capulets are hosting, but while there he spies the Capulet's daughter Juliet, and falls hopelessly in love with her. She returns his affections, but they both know that their families will never allow them to follow their hearts. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Release Date:

8 October 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet  »

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$42,000,000 (USA)

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


As of 2015, this is the last Shakespearean film to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. See more »


In the crypt, at the end of the movie, Juliet's hands are in several different positions during Romeo's speech. See more »


Juliet: That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet
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Referenced in Guzaarish (2010) See more »


What Is Youth?
Music by Nino Rota
Lyric by Eugene Walter
Vocal by Glen Weston
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Definitive screen adaptation of R & J
22 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a gorgeous film, and the best adaptation of Shakespeare's famous tear-jerker. All the performances are spot-on. Even though the film was released in 1968, it still rings true. It was filmed on location in Italy, and the sets/costumes really amazing. Zefferelli's (sp?)direction is probably his best. John McHenry, Leonard Whiting as and Olivia Hussey are wonderful. I believe Michael York of Austin Powers' fame made his screen debut in the role of Tybalt. This movie is a must-see for aspiring actors. The cast is more even than the Di Caprio/Luhrman/Danes more recent (and more well-known) histrionic, violent version. (The ridiculous accents in that picture really put me off.) I don't know if it's available on DVD.

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