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Romeo + Juliet (1996)

PG-13  |   |  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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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". Written by Anonymous

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Hope & Despair. Tragedy & Love. Romeo & Juliet. 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)

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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All the guns in the film are named after types of swords. The handguns belonging to Benvolio (SWORD 9mm Series S), Mercutio (DAGGER 9mm) and Tybalt (RAPIER 9mm) are Taurus PT99 9mm Parabellum pistols, identifiable by the adjustable rear sights. The handguns used by Romeo, Sampson and Gregory (DAGGER .45s) are Para-Ordnance P-13 .45 caliber pistols. In the scene where Mercutio is holding Romeo's pistol, it changes to a Para-Ordnance P-14. The other handguns used by Abra and Petruchio are a two-tone and reverse two-tone Beretta 92FS 9mm pistol. Ted Montague's "Longsword" is actually a South African MAG-7 shotgun. See more »

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When Mercutio is dying on the beach, the digital clouds are blowing sideways, but on the ground, you can see the shadows of real clods coming toward the camera. 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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I'm Kissing You
(Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet)
Performed by Des'ree
Written by Des'ree and Tim Atack
Produced by Nellee Hooper
Vocals produced by Des'ree and Tim Atack
Des'ree appears courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.
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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.

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