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Romeo + Juliet (1996)

PG-13  |   |  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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Classic story of Romeo and Juliet, set in a modern-day city of Verona Beach. The Montagues and Capulets are two feuding families, whose children meet and fall in love. They have to hide their love from the world because they know that their parents will not allow them to be together. There are obstacles on the way, like Juliet's cousin, Tybalt, and Romeo's friend Mercutio, and many fights. But although it is set in modern times, it is still the same timeless story of the "star crossed lovers". Written by Anonymous

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


Drama | Romance

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

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Release Date:

1 November 1996 (USA)  »

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William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet  »

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Box Office


$14,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,133,231 (USA) (1 November 1996)


ITL 3,795,630,000 (Italy) (2 May 1997)

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At the Capulet masquerade ball, the major characters wear costumes that reflect their personalities: Romeo as a knight, Juliet as an angel, Tybalt as a devil, Capulet as an emperor, etc. See more »


When Romeo buys the poison, he runs up some stairs to visit the old man and we see nothing against the wall. However, when he drives off in the car, we can see a sofa and some clutter leaning up against the wall. See more »


[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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Referenced in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) See more »


Young Hearts Run Free
Performed by Kym Mazelle
Written by Dave Crawford (as David Crawford)
Produced by Nellee Hooper
Spanish translation by Eva Blanco
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Shakespeare that ANYONE can enjoy!
26 September 2004 | by (Dallas, TX, USA) – See all my reviews

I highly recommend this for those who find the reading of Shakespearean text difficult but have a desire to explore his masterful works. The modern-day setting and the brilliant dramatic interpretations rendered by the actors (all wonderfully cast, incidentally) transform Shakespeare's tragic masterpiece into a modern-day cinematic tour de force. DiCaprio and Danes are believably cast together (although Danes' natural conservatism is occasionally apparent, though not to any detrimental affect). Sorvino as Capulet is forceful, powerful,and immovable (just what this viewer believes Shakespeare probably had in mind as he penned the classic). Mercutio (Harold Perrineau Jr.) is powerfully moving in the entirety of his portrayal. This movie is visually mesmerizing. I HIGHLY recommend this movie to anyone with an open mind and appreciation for excellent theatre.

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