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Romeo + Juliet -- Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.
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Romeo + Juliet -- Romeo and Juliet have met and kissed at a party. Now Romeo, besotted with love, has crept into the Capulet compound to find Juliet.
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Writers (WGA):
William Shakespeare (play)
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Release Date:
1 November 1996 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 13 wins & 22 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Leonardo DiCaprio ... Romeo

Claire Danes ... Juliet

John Leguizamo ... Tybalt

Harold Perrineau ... Mercutio

Pete Postlethwaite ... Father Laurence

Paul Sorvino ... Fulgencio Capulet

Brian Dennehy ... Ted Montague

Paul Rudd ... Dave Paris

Vondie Curtis-Hall ... Captain Prince

Miriam Margolyes ... The Nurse

Jesse Bradford ... Balthasar

M. Emmet Walsh ... Apothecary

Zak Orth ... Gregory

Jamie Kennedy ... Sampson

Dash Mihok ... Benvolio

Vincent Laresca ... Abra
Carlos Martín Manzo Otálora ... Petruchio

Christina Pickles ... Caroline Montague

Diane Venora ... Gloria Capulet
Pedro Altamirano ... Peter
John Sterlini ... Sacristan

Harriet Sansom Harris ... Susan Santandiago (TV Gossip) (as Harriet Harris)

Michael Corbett ... Rich Ranchidis
Edwina Moore ... Anchorwoman
Quindon Tarver ... Choir Boy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jorge Abraham ... Post Haste Delivery Man
Fausto Barona ... Altar Boy
Ricardo Barona ... Altar Boy
Catalina Botello ... Post Haste Clerk

Mario Cimarro ... Capulet Bouncer
Farnesio de Bernal ... Undertaker
Des'ree ... Diva
Ismael Eguiarte ... OP Officer
Rodrigo Escandon ... Kid With Toy Gun
Paco Morayta ... Middle Age Occupant
Alex Newman ... Altar Boy 2
Cory Newman ... Altar Boy 2
Lupita Ochoa ... Attractive Girl
Gloria Silva ... Nun
Carolyn Valero ... Middle Age Occupant
Margarita Wynne ... Station Mother

Directed by
Baz Luhrmann 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
William Shakespeare (play)

Craig Pearce (screenplay) &
Baz Luhrmann (screenplay)

Produced by
Jill Bilcock .... associate producer
Martin Brown .... co-producer
Baz Luhrmann .... producer
Catherine Martin .... associate producer
Gabriella Martinelli .... producer
 
Original Music by
Nellee Hooper 
 
Cinematography by
Donald McAlpine  (as Donald M. McAlpine)
 
Film Editing by
Jill Bilcock 
 
Casting by
David Rubin 
 
Production Design by
Catherine Martin 
 
Art Direction by
Doug Hardwick 
 
Set Decoration by
Brigitte Broch 
 
Costume Design by
Kym Barrett 
 
Makeup Department
Sylvia Fernández .... assistant hair stylist
Carlos Horcasitas .... assistant hair stylist
Vincenzo Mastrantonio .... key assistant makeup
Ferdinando Merolla .... key assistant hair stylist
Aldo Signoretti .... key hair stylist
Maurizio Silvi .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Bruce Devan .... production manager: additional photography
Sandy Dworniak .... music production manager
Randy Gardner .... supervisor: second unit
Héctor López .... production manager
Michael Nelson .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Monica Castellanos .... second assistant director
Efren del Moral .... second assistant director (as Efren Gilberto del Moral Ortega)
Miguel Gil .... first assistant director
Everardo Valerio Gout .... second assistant director
Harry A. Jarvis III .... second assistant director (as Harry Jarvis)
Miguel Lima .... first assistant director (as Miguel Lima Martínez)
Grant Lucibello .... second assistant director
Martin Walters .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Kasia Adamik .... paintings: Capulet mansion (as Katarzyna Adamik)
Luis Amezquita .... drafter
Juan Barreto .... greensman
Jesus Buenrostro .... art director: Mexico
Jesus Buenrostro .... construction liason: Mexico
Simon Buenrostro .... scenic artist
Eugenio Caballero .... assistant set decorator
Luis B. Carranco .... art assistant
Nigel Churcher .... third assistant art director: Toronto
Elizabeth Colomba .... paintings: Capulet mansion
Claudio Contreras .... lead man
Marc Corriveau .... property master
Gilberto Cortes .... property coordinator
Steve Craine .... head scenic artist
Eduardo De La Rosa .... head painter
Nikki DiFalco .... assistant designer
Tucker Doherty .... first assistant art director (as Catherine Doherty)
Tucker Doherty .... set designer (as Catherine Doherty)
Alisarine Ducolomb .... art department coordinator
Francisco Espejel .... property laborer
Matthew Flood Ferguson .... re-shoot
Gerardo Fernández .... sculptor
Bernardo García .... construction coordinator: Veracruz
Francisco García .... drafter
Guillermo Granados .... property assistant
Antonio Gómez .... sculptor
Inés Jácome .... set decorating coordinator
Enrique Lechuga .... stand-by painter
Lynn Ledgerwood .... model maker
René Marquéz .... assistant on-set dresser
Ramiro Martinez Landeros .... property assistant (as Ramiro Martinez)
Juan José Martínez .... sculptor
Mike McLeod .... construction manager: Mexico City
Dale Menzies .... construction manager: Veracruz
Zaida Monteforte .... lead man
Jose Luis Nava .... swing gang
Ligia Ornelas .... first assistant art director
Marco Antonio Palma .... sculptor
Miguel Pineda .... buyer
Francisco Ramos .... assistant graphic designer
Sandra Laura Ramos .... sketch artist
Ana Solares .... assistant to set decorator
J. Fernando Solorio .... on-set dresser
Ricardo Spinacé .... paint foreman
Ernesto Trejo .... construction medic
Jorge Julio Zepeda .... assistant on-set dresser
 
Sound Department
José Manuel Aguilar .... additional boom operator
Lisa Bate .... atmosphere editor
Donald D. Brown .... boom operator (as Don Brown)
Peter Burgess .... foley editor
Peter Burgess .... sound effects editor
Steve Burgess .... foley recordist
Craig Carter .... dialogue editor
Fernando Cámara .... additional sound mixer
Sean England .... sound re-recordist
Ken Fischer .... sound effects editor
Ben Gold .... assistant sound editor
J.R. Grubbs .... supervising assistant editor
Karen Harding .... assistant sound editor
Tim Holland .... supervising sound editor
Frank Lipson .... sound effects editor
Gerard Long .... foley artist
Marilyn McCoppen .... adr editor
Al Nelson .... machine room operator
Jonathan Null .... assistant sound editor
Paul Pirola .... assistant sound mixer
Gary Rizzo .... mix technician
Livia Ruzic .... dialogue editor
Leon Sandoval .... cable person
Claire Sanfilippo .... supervising assistant editor
Roger Savage .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Semanick .... sound re-recording mixer
Tony Sereno .... mix technician
Mario Vaccaro .... foley artist
Gareth Vanderhope .... sound designer
Hugh Waddell .... adr editor
Rob Young .... sound mixer
Bob Edwards .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Stephanie Wiand .... adr artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Laurencio Cordero .... special effects coordinator (as Laurencio 'Chovy' Cordero)
Manuel Cordero .... special effects assistant
Pedro González .... special effects assistant
Sergio Jara Jr. .... special effects assistant (as Sergio Jara Morales)
Sergio Jara .... key special effects
Juan Carlos Rodríguez .... special effects assistant
 
Visual Effects by
Thad Beier .... software
Michael Bladen .... digital animator
Cosmas Paul Bolger Jr. .... digital scanning & film recording
Daniel Chuba .... visual effects producer
Murray Curtis .... digital animator
Daniel Hernandez .... car modelling coordinator
Christopher Leone .... digital scanning & film recording
Rebecca Marie .... visual effects supervisor
Fumi Mashimo .... 3D animator
Barb Meier .... lead animator
Peter W. Moyer .... compositing
Mike Nassell .... visual effects photography
Chris Schwarze .... visual effects producer
Sharon Stetzel .... digital services coordinator
Peter Webb .... visual effects designer
Tim Trumble .... film recording technician (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Gerardo Albarrán .... stunts (as Gerardo Moreno)
Guy Bews .... stunts
Tom Eirikson .... stunts
Jim Finkbeiner .... stunts
Corry Glass .... stunts
Jason Glass .... stunts
Tom Glass .... stunts
Alex Green .... stunts
Ernie Jackson .... stunts
David Jacox .... stunts
Ken Kirzinger .... stunts
Jacob Rupp .... stunts
Greg Schlosser .... stunts
Melissa R. Stubbs .... stunt double: Claire Danes
Brent Woolsey .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ricardo Arvizu .... grip
Chuck Brown .... Steadicam operator
José Campos .... key grip (as Jose Campos F.)
Luis Canedo .... electrician
Joaquin Cervera .... camera loader
Héctor G. Gallardo .... generator operator
Manuel García .... electrician
J. Antonio González .... electrician
Roberto Gutierrez .... electrician
Heriberto Gutiérrez .... additional assistant camera
Ricardo Hernandez B. .... grip
Dean M. King .... dolly grip
Robin P. Knight .... key grip (as Robin Knight)
Brett Laumann .... best boy
Kim Marks .... camera operator: additional photography
Kim Marks .... director of photography: additional photography
Steve Mathis .... gaffer
Patrick McArdle .... first assistant camera
Enrique Morales .... best boy
Merrick Morton .... still photographer
Patricio Pereda .... grip
Guillermo Rosas .... camera operator (as Guillermo 'Memo' Rosas)
Luis David Sansans .... video assist operator
Reyes Santamaría V. .... rigging gaffer
Ernesto Serrano .... dolly grip
Cesar R. Solis .... second assistant camera
Carlos Sánchez .... electrician
Antonio Vargas .... grip
Pedro Vázquez .... second assistant camera
Eric Amundsen .... second assistant camera: additional photography (uncredited)
Enrique del Rio .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Daniel Dietrich .... electrician (uncredited)
Rolf Eberlein .... grip (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Cathy Wagner .... animator
 
Casting Department
Claudia Becker .... casting consultant: Mexico
Deirdre Bowen .... casting: Canada
Jorge Guerrero .... extras casting
Ronna Kress .... casting associate
Michelle Levi .... casting assistant: USA
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sylvie Clément .... head cast dresser
Josée Comeau .... head seamstress
Mario Davignon .... costume supervisor
Javier Delgado .... dresser (as Javier Cuero Delgado)
Blancaa Hilda Fernández .... seamstress
Miguel Angel Galarza .... car dresser
Zeferino Gutierrez .... dresser
José Hernández .... wardrobe assistant
Ismael Jardon .... head dresser
María de Jesús Lina .... seamstress
María de Lourdes López .... seamstress
Jose Luis Montero .... costume buyer
Jose Luis Montero .... wardrobe
Mercedes Olea .... wardrobe translator
Jaime Ortiz .... head dresser
Leticia Pichardo .... assistant cast dresser
Adolfo Ramírez .... costume supervisor (as Adolfo 'Fito' Ramírez)
Carlos Salom .... car dresser
Michael Wilkinson .... costume design assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Tristan M. Brighty .... first assistant editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Laurie Butler .... lightworks consultant
Sarah Flack .... second assistant editor
Robert Grahamjones .... second assistant editor
J.R. Grubbs .... supervising assistant editor
Peter McBain .... second assistant lightworks editor
Dennis McNeill .... color timer
Dana Mulligan .... assistant editor
Cleo Myles .... assistant editor
Rochelle Oshlack .... first assistant editor: lightworks
Edgar Pavon .... assistant editor
Michel Proulx .... head cutter
Claire Sanfilippo .... supervising assistant editor
Kate Williams .... first assistant editor: lightworks
 
Music Department
Doug Brady .... music editor: Australia
Jane Chapman .... music production assistant
Hannah Dickson .... music production assistant
Geoff Foster .... score mixer
Mark Graham .... music copyist
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestral contractor
Gary Thomas .... score mixer
Mark Jan Wlodarkiewicz .... music editor
Richard Ziegler .... music coordinator (uncredited)
Laura Ziffren .... music supervisor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Margarito Fuentes Gutiérrez .... picture vehicles (as Margarito Gutiérrez)
Javier Gunther .... transportation coordinator
Francisco Paredes .... picture vehicles mechanic
Carlos Ponce de León .... transportation captain
Doug Stewart .... driver: camera car
Ricardo Díaz Avilés .... driver (uncredited)
John R. Lopez .... driver (uncredited)
Manuel Paredes Murillo .... driver (uncredited)
Alfonso Paredes .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Rachel Aberly .... unit publicist
Jesús Almontes .... assistant armorer
Amy Alson .... studio teacher
Lucila Anlleu .... accounting assistant
Gerardo Arellano .... second assistant accountant
Ingrid Arias .... fabric painting assistant
Irma Avila .... fabric painting assistant
Jose Manuel Ballesteros .... craft service
Ana Barreto .... fabric painting
Kym Barrett .... hero weaponry design
Michel Bellego .... set production assistant
Jill Bilcock .... title designer
Catalina Botello .... assistant dialog coach
Susannah Brengel .... accountant: add'l photography
Susannah Brengel .... post-production auditor
Nuria Bronfman .... accommodation liaison
Alma Bulas .... set medic
Tania Burkett .... title designer
Marco A. Castillero .... production assistant
Paul Cross .... film conformer: Melbourne
Patricia De Burgos .... metal artist
Pilar De Burgos .... metal artist
Dayna Dunbar .... assistant production coordinator
Matt Dunkley .... copyist
Mark Ellis .... film conformer: Melbourne
Gabriel Ellstein .... production assistant
Victor Esparza .... assistant to body shop supervisor
Ella Fairbairn .... backroom operator
Gerardo Fernández .... metal artist
Lily Flaschner .... location manager
Terri Garbutt .... production assistant
Jason Gaudio .... cinemaestro operator
Sydney Gilner .... script supervisor
Jose Antonio Gout .... set production assistant
Alex Green .... gun trainer
Sonia Guerrero .... crowd control assistant
Elsa Hermoso .... production auditor
Justin Herwick .... set production assistant
John Hillman .... assistant post-production accountant
Daniel Horvat .... assistant production accountant
Ben Jacob .... backroom operator
Inés Liverato .... extras assistant (as Ines Liverato)
Linda Locke .... production assistant
Sophia Lofters .... assistant to producer
Roberto Neri López .... milliner
Lilene Mansell .... dialogue and speech coach
Nahomi Martin del Campo .... buyer, properties
Catherine Martin .... title designer
Michael Q. Martin .... production lab supervisor
José Alfonso Mata .... metal artist
Jaqueline Matuk .... set production assistant
Arnulfo Mayorga .... union payroll clerk
Greg McEvoy .... technical weaponry drawings
Heather McIntosh .... production auditor
Michael Mendelsohn .... banker/production financier
Anton Monsted .... assistant to director
Carlos 'Pollo' Munguia .... aging artist
Alexa Muñoz .... assistant location manager
John O'Connell .... choreographer (as John 'Cha Cha' O'Connell)
Francisco A. Palma .... metal artist
Salvador Parra .... head sculptor/prop maker/car body sculptor
Juan Carlos Pavián Neri .... milliner
Leonel Perez .... assistant armorer
Diana Carr Portillo .... crowd control assistant
Bonfilio Ramirez .... group leader
Carla Raygoza .... assistant to producer
Ana Rebuelta .... script supervisor: second unit
Juan Rivera .... body shop supervisor
Gerardo Rojano .... helicopter pilot
Kevin Saffer .... second assistant accountant
Paul Schindler .... set production assistant
Caroline Scott .... film conformer: Melbourne (as Carolyn Scott)
José de la Serna .... head of security
Alejandro Solar Luna .... assistant to co-producer
Phil Spangenberger .... gun trainer
Lee Strugnell .... car illustration and design
Charles Taylor .... armorer/gun handler
Jennifer L. Thompson .... production assistant
Fernando Uriegas .... assistant location manager
Jorge Valdés García .... stand-in: John Leguizamo
Juan Carlos Vega .... metal artist
Emilio Vidaurreta .... production assistant
Hugo Vidaurreta .... production assistant
Humberto Vilchis .... assistant head of security
Desiderio Vite .... helicopter pilot
Christine White .... production coordinator (as Chris White)
Alan Woodruff .... film conformer: Melbourne
Karen Yokomizo .... first assistant accountant
Ruth Zermeño .... assistant to cast
Diana Zock .... production secretary
Lucy Amador .... first assistant accountant (uncredited)
Grant Grabowski .... assistant: Baz Luhrmann (uncredited)
Norberto Nava .... security coordinator (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet" - USA (complete title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for scenes of contemporary violence and some sensuality
Runtime:
120 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Mercutio is shooting fish at the beach, his gun is heard firing, but there is no flash.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Version of Romeo and Juliet (1954)See more »
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57 out of 89 people found the following review useful.
A contemporary twist to a classic play, 3 January 1999
Author: Adrianne Parent from Boston, Massachusetts

Director Baz Luhrmann knew what he was doing when he cast Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio in the title roles of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The two young actors have the power to captivate their audience and together, they are unsurpassable.

From the famous opening line of "Two Households both alike in dignity.." to the tragic end, the viewer is whisked away into the depths of the surrealistic world of Verona Beach. Don't expect to see British people prancing around in tights when you rent this one. Luhrmann creates a world where gun toting teens sport Hawaiian shirts and beach front brawls are an everyday event.

Giving the classic play this modern twist makes for a new understanding of the text and brings the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets to a whole new level. Shakespeare may be rolling around in his grave after seeing this film, but english classes all over the world can breathe a little easier when it comes time to take the R&J final exam because this new adaptation makes the theme remarkably understandable.

Danes brings life and incentive to the character of Juliet. Danes' Juliet reaches far beyond the subservient stereotype of most Elizabethan characters and has ambition and assertion. It is a step beyond her critically acclaimed work in "My So-Called Life" and has thankfully made her a more prominent figure in the entertainment industry.

This marked the last feature for Leonardo DiCaprio, pre-Titanic mayhem. It put his talent out for a wider range of audience, R&J being his first major studio production. The king of the indie and the "troubled child" role was now being recognized. His passionate portrayl of Romeo Montague will forever be remembered. He spoke the immortal words of Shakespeare as if they were his own and touched the hearts of millions. Too bad the boat movie shoved him further into the spotlight than he had ever wanted. But we won't get into that.

The supporting cast in this film was also outstanding. John Leguizamo played the wily, Tybalt. Harold Perrineau brought humor and diversity to the renowned role of Mercutio. Big names also lit up the credits of R&J with Paul Sorvino and Brian Dennehey as Capulet and Montague as well as Pete Postlethwaite as the star-cross'd lovers confidante, Friar Laurence.

This is my favorite movie of all time and I believe it was sadly underrated.

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