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Romeo + Juliet (1996)

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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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When the now-famous "star-crossed lovers" of two feuding families meet, forbidden love ensues.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Stars: Leonard Whiting, Olivia Hussey, John McEnery
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The 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".

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From Age to Age One Classic Story is as Timeless as Love Itself See more »

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

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1 November 1996 (USA)  »

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William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet  »

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$14,500,000 (estimated)

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

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$46,338,728 (USA) (21 February 1997)
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Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio initially did not get along well on set. Danes accused Leonardo DiCaprio of being immature, while Leo said Danes was just uptight. See more »

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Juliet's hair as she falls into the pool. 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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Referenced in Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998) See more »

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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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It's not for me! I just hated it!
4 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After only watching a few minutes of this adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, I couldn't take much more of it. It was something that I could laugh at rather than take seriously. I tried after a few minutes more but it's hard to take Leonardo DiCaprio who I believe is a very talented actor and Clare Dane who is just as talented playing in modern times. We know nobody talks like that. If they had adapted Romeo and Juliet to more modern language, I think I would have bared the film in general. But the language and the modern day scenery do not mix well for me. I'm old fashioned I guess in general. I know the director wanted something different for Romeo and Juliet. Few films can beat the 1968 version with Olivia Hussey and this film would not be very welcome if I was teaching Romeo and Juliet. It's too far fetched and ridiculous. I know it's modernized for the audience. But I like my Shakespeare to be precise and old fashioned. I love Miriam Margolyes as the nurse and Christina Pickles as one of the mothers but it just doesn't feel right. Mercutio's supposed to be a drag queen which I felt was really something that made my stomach turn in general was out of this world. It's not for me and I accept that. If there are others happy with it, so be it but not for me.


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