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Romeo and Juliet -- When the now famous "star crossed lovers" of two enemy families meet, forbidden love ensues.


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Release Date:
8 October 1968 (USA) See more »
The 1968 Royal Film Performance [UK Theatrical] See more »
When two young members of feuding families meet, forbidden love ensues. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won 2 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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Directed by
Franco Zeffirelli 
Writing credits
William Shakespeare (play)

Franco Brusati (screenplay) &
Masolino D'Amico (screenplay) &
Franco Zeffirelli (screenplay)

Produced by
John Brabourne .... producer
Richard B. Goodwin .... associate producer (as Richard Goodwin)
Anthony Havelock-Allan .... producer
Original Music by
Nino Rota 
Cinematography by
Pasqualino De Santis (lighting cameraman)
Film Editing by
Reginald Mills 
Casting by
Dyson Lovell (uncredited)
Production Design by
Lorenzo Mongiardino  (as Renzo Mongiardino)
Art Direction by
Emilio Carcano 
Luciano Puccini 
Costume Design by
Danilo Donati 
Makeup Department
Olga Angelinetta .... chief hairdresser
Mauro Gavazzi .... makeup artist
Luciano Vito .... hair stylist
Production Management
Giuseppe Bordogni .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Isa Bartalini .... assistant director
Dyson Lovell .... assistant director
Bert Pearl .... assistant director
Rinaldo Ricci .... assistant director
Art Department
Alessandro Alberti .... assistant art director
Christine Edzard .... set dresser
Italo Tomassi .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Sash Fisher .... sound mixer
Pat Foster .... assistant dubbing editor
Mike Hopkins .... dubbing editor (as Michael Hopkins)
Maurice Askew .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Peter Maxwell .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Lionel Strutt .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Nicolo Perno .... fight arranger (as Nicolo' Perno)
Camera and Electrical Department
David Harcourt .... camera operator
Dudley Lovell .... camera operator
Geoff Glover .... focus puller (uncredited)
Editorial Department
John Rushton .... assistant editor
Giorgio De Vincenzo .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Gabriella Bernardi .... production secretary
Anna Davini .... production assistant
Pio De Vito .... production accountant
Sue Huskisson .... production secretary
Liselotte Kloncka .... production secretary
Lamberto Pippia .... production assistant
Alberto Testa .... choreographer
Giorgio Albertazzi .... voice dubbing: John McEnery (Italian version) (uncredited)
Roberto Bertea .... voice dubbing: Paul Hardwick (Italian version) (uncredited)
Pino Colizzi .... voice dubbing: Michael York (Italian version) (uncredited)
Dhia Cristiani .... voice dubbing: Pat Heywood (Italian version) (uncredited)
Marina Dolfin .... voice dubbing: Natasha Parry (Italian version) (uncredited)
Sergio Fantoni .... voice dubbing: Robert Stephens (Italian version) (uncredited)
Mario Feliciani .... voice dubbing: Milo O'Shea (Italian version) (uncredited)
Giancarlo Giannini .... voice dubbing: Leonard Whiting (Italian version) (uncredited)
Anna Maria Guarnieri .... voice dubbing: Olivia Hussey (Italian version) (uncredited)
Massimo Turci .... voice dubbing: Bruce Robinson (Italian version) (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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138 min | UK:149 min (initial release)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:G (original rating) | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Finland:K-12 | Japan:G (2010) | Netherlands:6 | Singapore:NC16 | South Korea:12 | Sweden:11 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) | USA:TV-14 | USA:G (original release) (Approved No. 21756) | USA:PG (edited for re-rating) (1973) | West Germany:12
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Did You Know?

Although the film was originally shown with a mono soundtrack, and although the soundtrack on the DVD is mono, the three soundtrack albums made from this film (one with score and dialogue excerpts, one with the entire film soundtrack, and one with only the music) were all released in stereo.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Towards the start of the movie, a man is having his arm bandaged. As soon as the piece of narrative for the character stops, she just leaves it not tucking it in in any way at all and he gets up as if she had finished, leaving bandage just hanging to unravel as he stands up.See more »
Juliet:Yea, noise! Then I'll be brief. Oh, happy dagger, this is thy sheath; there rust and let me die.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Diary of a Cannibal (2007) (V)See more »
What Is Youth?See more »


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40 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Keeps Some of the Poetry, 19 June 2000
Author: tedg ( from Virginia Beach

Zefferelli is a sporadic master. Here he is in his prime. See how he understands how to direct groups, how to continue a motion from one frame to the next, how to use color to punctuate.

What has happened here is that he has hit on a formula that works toward the problem of moving Shakespeare (a verbal, intellectual event) into film (a matter of motion and image).

It works because the play can be cast largely in terms of crowds, sometimes mobs. Never have I seen this done so well.

Much of the verbal poetry is cut, and image poetry replaced in sufficient measure to satisfy. Mercutio is rightly seen as the heart of the play, balanced by the Nurse. Both are terrific.

Oh how I wish we could combine the cinematic skills of young Zefferelli with the Shakespearian insights of Branagh and the imagination of Greenaway to do, say a Lear. Bliss in the imagining.

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