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,
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cinematographer Donald McAlpine was faced with a real problem with the meet-cute scene between Romeo and Juliet at the fish tank - the reflections of the water and the glass of the tank were almost impossible to light without causing all sorts of untoward reflections. McAlpine solved the problem by inserting a couple of fluorescent tubes into the tank out of the camera's eyeline. These were the sole source of light in the scene. See more »
When on the beach preparing for a duel, Abra ejects all the bullets from Tybalt's magazine except one. Romeo uses that same gun, in a new location, to kill Tybalt, shooting him 6-7 times. However, Tybalt carries two guns. The one Romeo uses is the second gun, which at this point was not unloaded. 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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I was forced to read Romeo and Juliet in school over 20 years ago and didn't really "get it".
I have latterly learnt to appreciate Mr S for his plays etc. etc.
My 8 yr old daughter and I watched this tonight. She didn't understand much of the language, although remembering the lessons from school I could explain the double meanings etc. etc. in the script.
The upshot was that I enjoyed a stylish, colourful and thoughtful filming of a 400 year old script and my daughter very much enjoyed Bill's wonderfully scripted masterpiece. To my surprise, after the first hour she had begun to understand the slightly topsy turvy language of our past and understood some of the subtleties in the plot.
Thank you Mr Luhrmann.
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