When two poor greasers, Johnny, and Ponyboy are assaulted by a vicious gang, the socs, and Johnny kills one of the attackers, tension begins to mount between the two rival gangs, setting off a turbulent chain of events.
Francis Ford Coppola
C. Thomas Howell,
Set in 1960, the film centres on the young, boyishly handsome Yuddy, who learns from the drunken ex-prostitute who raised him that she is not his real mother. Hoping to hold onto him, she ... See full summary »
Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue. The gun-toting members of the families wage a vicious war on the streets as the star-crossed lovers meet their tragic destiny. Written by
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The Jesus statue that dominates Verona was actually a visual effect. In reality, it was 2 feet high. See more »
The covers on Juliet's bed change from being wrinkled to straightened out to wrinkled several times after she has taken the potion. See more »
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-crossed lovers take their life.
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As someone who enjoyed the original film and thoroughly enjoyed reading the book, my honest opinion is that this version fails miserably no matter how you look at it. If it was meant to appeal to those who know and love the story (myself included) then in my opinion it fails because of the attempt to bring it into the present day.
If on the other hand it was meant to appeal to a younger generation and to perhaps introduce Shakespeare to a whole new audience then it surely fails on the grounds that the original script is kept despite the modern day setting. Do both, or do neither.
For me, and for both my son and daughter, this was a film that was a real struggle to get through.
Short and sweet, but honest.
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