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Romeo + Juliet (1996)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  1 November 1996 (USA)
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Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.

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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 Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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The greatest love story the world has ever known. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for scenes of contemporary violence and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet  »

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$14,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

ITL 692,167,000 (Italy) (28 February 1997)

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ITL 3,795,630,000 (Italy) (2 May 1997)
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Like most of William Shakespeare's work, the verse of Romeo and Juliet is written in iambic pentameter. Pete Postlethwaite, who plays Father Laurence, is the only actor in the movie who speaks using this meter. See more »

Goofs

When Juliet meets Friar Laurence in the church she's wearing gloves. When he hands her the vial, her gloves are off. See more »

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[first lines]
Anchorwoman: 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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I'm Kissing You
(Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet)
Performed by Des'ree
Written by Des'ree and Tim Atack
Produced by Nellee Hooper
Vocals produced by Des'ree and Tim Atack
Des'ree appears courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.
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Leo does Shakespeare. Oh, goody.
28 January 2000 | by (Schaumburg, IL) – See all my reviews

I was first introduced to Shakespeare freshman year at high school. Sure, it was a bit tough at first, but I got used to it. Romeo and Juliet was a terrific play. Then came the time in class when we would watch the video adaptations of this play. We spent half the period on the '68 version, then half on this one, which went on for a few days. The '68 version was very well done, and most of the class liked it. Then we watched the "new" one. I didn't know what to expect, but I thought it might be good. Then I see the Montagues cruising the expressway in an open top convertable. OK, so it's in modern times. It might be good. Then I heard them speak. Dear God, what were they thinking?!

I see this fight at a gas station where everyone looks like they're on speed and they shout these Shakespearean lines like they're normal for the time. I should've seen it coming when, instead of a narrator, a news caster does the prologue. Great job. Tip to the writers: if you're going to put Shakespeare in modern times, don't include the original lines. "Draw the sword!" What "sword?" I saw no sword in the movie. I saw some guns. Is this what Shakepeare would call guns nowadays? And do I see news reports and beach parties where people actually speak in blank verse? And let's not forget Leonardo DeCaprio. How much more pathetic can his acting get? I hardly saw any good actors in this movie. I don't know why people would see this as "good" entertainment. Rarely do I ever give a 1 out of 10 to any movie, but this was just plain garbage. If you want to see the real Romeo and Juliet, watch the '68 adaptation. It is much more worthy to be called a work of Shakespeare's.


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