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Romeo & Juliet (1978)

TV-14 | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 3 December 1978
Two teenagers fall in love, but their feuding families and fate itself cause the relationship to end in tragedy.

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Romeo
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Nurse
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Capulet
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Friar Laurence
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Prince Escalus
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Mercutio
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Lady Capulet
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Benvolio
Christopher Northey ...
Paris
Paul Henry ...
Peter
Roger Davidson ...
Balthasar
John Paul ...
Montague
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Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona where we lay our scene, from ancient grudge break to new mutiny where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes a pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows doth with their death bury their parents' strife. Written by William Shakespeare

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The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet  »

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Unlike most versions of the play, the actress cast to play Juliet was similar to Juliet's actual age; in the play, Juliet is only 13, but in most stagings and adaptations a girl in her late teens/early twenties plays the role. Rebecca Saire was only 14 when she made this film. See more »

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Version of Romeo y Julieta (2007) See more »

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A Fine Version of Shakespeare's Tragedy!
7 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

Everybody knows the story of William Shakespeare's tragic love affair, Romeo and Juliet. They are young Verona teenagers who fall in love from warring families. The cast is wonderful. Rebecca Saire and Patrick Ryecart are perfectly cast as Juliet and Romeo. Dame Celia Johnson was wonderful as the Nurse. Alan Rickman was great as Tybalt. Sir Michael Hordern has a small role as Lord Capulet. Sir John Gielgud has even a smaller role as the chorus. This is fine and faithful version able to be shown to high school students studying this play as part of the curriculum. The art direction and female costumes are fine. Verona comes alive well. My biggest problem with the male costumes is the tights. The fight sequences look more like the ballet than fights. Maybe it was the style of the times.


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