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

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Drama | Romance

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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)

Opening Weekend:

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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Claire Danes' rendition of Juliet's line "I long to die!" is sampled in the background of the Evanescence song "Tourniquet." See more »

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Juliet's hand and gun after she shoots herself. See more »

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[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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Version of Romeo and Juliet (1924) See more »

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Symphony No. 25
Performed by Capella Istropolitana
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Courtesy of Naxos of America
by arrangement with Source/Q
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12 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was quite possibly the worst movie I have ever seen in my entire life. I didn't like how it was only partially modernized, and the actors couldn't act for soup. Basically it reeked of stupidity.

With Shakespeare, you either have to modernize the whole thing, or not modernize it at all. The combination of a modern setting and the original text didn't work. It was awkward and hard to follow.

The actors didn't seem like the poetic sort. Half the time, Benvolio was shirtless and reciting poetry. None of them had any idea how to read Shakespeare. It was hard to appreciate the text when the actors were completely lacking in realistic feeling. I think that two directors made a bet to see who could make the worst movie with the most highly paid actors. Baz Luhrmann most definitely won.

The whole thing reeked of stupidity, to the point where it wasn't funny anymore. I was extremely annoyed with the subtitles explaining who the people were, as if we didn't already know. The frequent freezes on the "swords" and "daggers" were totally pointless and wasted time.

In conclusion, I think you would have been better off watching the Zefferelli version of Romeo and Juliet, which was classy and very accurate to the actual text. I would rather have my fingernails torn out with white hot nail clippers than be subjected again in my life to this horrible mess of badly modernized plot lines, butchered text, and shoddy actors. Out of 5 stars I give it a negative 7.

What were they smoking?


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