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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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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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1 November 1996 (USA)  »

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William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet  »

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$14,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$46,338,728 (USA) (21 February 1997)
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When Romeo talks to the father of the main church about his new love with Juliet, the children's choir perform the chorus for the song "When Doves Cry" by Prince. See more »

Goofs

In the balcony scene, Romeo knocks over a metal stand in his panic as the lights come on. It clatters to the floor but in the next shot it is standing up in its previous position. 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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Pretty Piece of Flesh
Performed by One Inch Punch
Written by Nellee Hooper, Marius De Vries and Justin Warfield
Produced by Nellee Hooper
One Inch Punch appears courtesy of Audio Ink and Virgin Records, Ltd.
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Shakespeare that ANYONE can enjoy!
26 September 2004 | by (Dallas, TX, USA) – See all my reviews

I highly recommend this for those who find the reading of Shakespearean text difficult but have a desire to explore his masterful works. The modern-day setting and the brilliant dramatic interpretations rendered by the actors (all wonderfully cast, incidentally) transform Shakespeare's tragic masterpiece into a modern-day cinematic tour de force. DiCaprio and Danes are believably cast together (although Danes' natural conservatism is occasionally apparent, though not to any detrimental affect). Sorvino as Capulet is forceful, powerful,and immovable (just what this viewer believes Shakespeare probably had in mind as he penned the classic). Mercutio (Harold Perrineau Jr.) is powerfully moving in the entirety of his portrayal. This movie is visually mesmerizing. I HIGHLY recommend this movie to anyone with an open mind and appreciation for excellent theatre.


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