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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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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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Two households both alike in dignity, In fair Verona where we lay our scene. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life. See more »

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

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$14,500,000 (estimated)

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

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ITL 3,795,630,000 (Italy) (2 May 1997)
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On the beach where Romeo meets Juliet's maid to arrange his wedding, a stall called "Rosencrantzsy's" can be seen, this is a nod to Shakespeare's Hamlet, which contains a character called Rosencrantz. Another stall is named "Pound of Flesh", referencing another of Shakespeare's plays, The Merchant of Venice. See more »

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After Juliet has taken the drug which puts her to sleep, her left hand changes between being above and below the cover. 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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Version of Romeo & Juliet (1978) 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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great movie
3 December 2004 | by (New Hampshire) – See all my reviews

This movie does an excellent job of combining Shakespearian dialogue with

modern imagery. Admittedly, I first watched this movie when it came out

because of Leo; eight years later (and seven years after middle school ended), I realize just how well-done this film actually is. Luhrmann did an excellent job of making the movie believable while using the quaint language. This movie

brings new life into the words of Shakespeare, and even if you know the play

almost by heart it is refreshing to hear the words in an entirely new context, and one which makes sense. This version of Romeo and Juliet actually does add

something to the extensive history of the play. The soundtrack is excellent, the acting is appropriate (Danes and DiCaprio do a wonderful job of portraying the young lovers), and the scenery is fabulous. This film jump-started the trend of modern-day Shakespeare remakes, and I think it's the best one.


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