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Romeo & Juliet (TV Movie 1978) Poster

(1978 TV Movie)

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Alan Rickman's TV debut.
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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.
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The second production of "Romeo and Juliet" in which John Gielgud recites the prologue.
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During publicity for the production, Rebecca Saire gave several interviews in which she criticised director Alvin Rakoff, stating that in his interpretation, Juliet is too childlike and asexual, much to the horror of the series producers, who cancelled several scheduled interviews with the actress in the lead up to broadcast.
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Part of the long running BBC Television Shakespeare project which ran between 1978 and 1985.
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