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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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My only love sprung from my only hate. 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)

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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 »

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Pieces of Romeo's hair change from being in front/not in front of his face during the fish-tank scene. See more »

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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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The Showgirls of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet!
17 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I Humphrey Fish am now going to give my review on this unable to put up with garbage. I completely and totally DESPISED! this movie, if I could, I would have given it negative ten stars! The worst part was the fact that they had to modernize it. But though I have nothing against modernization, they should keep the characters at their normal position.

What was Baz Luhrmann thinking?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

This is another of my films on the list of the most butchered of all time!

I'll call it: The Showgirls of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet!!!!

This also makes a huge mess out of a very classic play, the only actors I really liked were the ones who played the parents of both families.

The top five mistakes they made with this movie:

5. They updated the movie but kept the lines from the play the same! What century is it? The 16th or the 21th???!!!! It was laughable!

4. There was no plot, even though it was called William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

3. The acting was terrible, I could swear that this was a joke!

2. Replacing the swords with guns and referring to them by the names of swords??!! Oh, give me a break?!

1. When you update a movie, keep the characters at their original places for crying out loud!

In this horrid, vile, atrocity, they turned Romeo into a insane lunatic who was a lot more headstrong and violent then he was in the play. Also, Juliet was turned into a horrible little crybaby who would get freaked out at the slightest things. Her crying was not crying, they were nothing but Alligator Tears! The movie was bad, the acting was atrocious, and worst of all, there was no plot! Oh, the pain...the pain!

Some movies derail, this is like a train crash! This movie doesn't run on the rails, it isn't on the rails, it isn't off the rails, it is so bad, it does not even deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence with rails! You should do something entertaining like watch a good Abbott and Costello movie then watch this horrible piece of garbage!!!!!

I can't say that I would recommend the 1968 version, because I also hated that one!

This a very lame excuse for an actual movie! This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen!

Mark my words: DON'T SEE THIS MOVIE, IT IS TOTALLY AWFUL!

-10/10


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