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Romeo and Juliet (1968)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  8 October 1968 (USA)
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When the now famous "star crossed lovers" of two enemy 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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$42,000,000 (USA)
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According to Franco Zeffirelli's autobiography, Paul McCartney was originally asked to play the part of Romeo. See more »

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

Quotes

Romeo: My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand To smooth that rough touch with a gentle kiss.
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Referenced in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 13 April 1996 (1996) See more »

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Music by Nino Rota
Lyric by Eugene Walter
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The greatest film I've ever seen.
10 April 1999 | by (Marietta, GA, USA) – See all my reviews

To my way of thinking, this film should be considered when people discuss the greatest movies of all time. Every scene, practically every frame of this movie is brilliant. Director Zeffirelli went against the ancient practice of using older actors in the title roles, and the performances he elicits from teenagers Whiting and Hussey is amazing. Although he trims the dialog heavily in places (Romeo says, "But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?"- and leaves it at that) his version captures all the passion of Shakespeare's play magnificently.

The scenes at the Capulet's ball at which the two young lovers meet are about the greatest I've ever seen on screen. The famous balcony scene avoids cliches altogether and makes others pale by comparison. The Queen Mab speech, the fight, and the scene in the tomb are all exquisite highlights of this film. Even the dubbing for the Italian actor's voices and of the crowd noise is superior. It is amazing to me that an Italian could be so sensitively in tune with one of the English language's most sublime works.

Zeffirelli wanted to make a movie that spoke to youth and he succeeded, to put it very mildly. If school systems were smart, they'd pack up their freshmen and sophomores on buses every year, drive them to a local theatre and show them this movie. I can't think of a better investment in young people's education that could be made. It worked for me.


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