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Romeo and Juliet (1968)

PG  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  8 October 1968 (USA)
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When the now famous "star crossed lovers" of two 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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$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 opening fight between the Capulets and the Montagues, Tybalt gives Benvolio a very nasty stab to the eye (area) with his sword. Then, in the next scene, when Benvolio meets Romeo, he shows absolutely no sign of any injury or distress. See more »

Quotes

Lord Capulet: O lamentable day! Death lies on her like an untimely frost Upon the sweetest flower of all the field.
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Referenced in Life of Brian (1979) See more »

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Lyric by Eugene Walter
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13 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Easily the best Shakespeare film in history, mainly because it stays so true to what Shakespeare wrote and was undoubtedly his vision, yet is undeniably fresh and relevant and affecting, despite its Renaissance setting. It feels more modern and current than the soulless bluster of Baz Luhrmann's effort. Whosoever says Whiting and Hussey are anything short of fantastic as Romeo and Juliet needs to reconsider how they want Shakespeare acted. Do you want dramatic bluster and fist waving (which Hamlet specifically cautions against) or true raw emotion and feeling? These actors, mostly because they were so inexperienced, couldn't be more natural and true to their characters every step of the way. You truly believe that they are in love and it's a legitimate love, no just "crazy teens." And the rest of the cast - Jesus H. Christ! They're all fantastic. The Friar and Nurse were obscenely perfect, becoming among the most endearing characters ever filmed, and of course John McEnery is the best, most pathos-laden Mercutio ever, all stage, screen, TV, etc. renditions included. Michael York is a fabulous Tybalt, menacing, arrogant, headstrong, cruel, but ultimately sympathetic. Tybalt is after all just a petulant child - he's no evil tyrant, just a misguided bully, who certainly doesn't deserve to die. I love that his killing of Mercutio is accidental and that he seems to show remorse for it. Even the Prince is really damn good, with his last lines leaving an absolutely chilling impression on the audience. All are punish-ed! A must see.


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