Private Romeo (2011)

 |  Drama  |  20 June 2011 (USA)
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Shakespeare's original lines from Romeo & Juliet are almost exclusively spoken in a military academy setting of his tale at which gay love blooms between two cadets.



, (adapted from the play "Romeo and Juliet")
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Cast overview:
Adam Hersh / Fr. Laurence
Chris Bresky ...
Omar Madsen / Nurse
Glenn Mangan / Juliet
Gus Sanchez / Capulet's Wife / Benvolio
Sam Singleton / Romeo


When eight cadets are left behind at an isolated military high school, the greatest romantic drama ever written seeps out of the classroom and permeates their lives. Incorporating the original text of 'Romeo and Juliet,' YouTube videos, and lip-synced Indie rock music, Private Romeo takes us to a mysterious and tender place that only Shakespeare could have inspired. Written by Anonymous

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Love goes toward love as schoolboys from their books





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The scenes of the cadet school and the lessons of the play "Romeo and Juliet" are in desaturated colors, gray, khaki, and pale. The scenes depicting the actual Shakespearean scenes are exhibited in deeply saturated colors. See more »


In the first military drill, the orders are "left-right, left-right." The visuals are right-left, right-left. The "dress right" orders are correctly applied. See more »


Ken Lee: Too busy to work out today, cadets?
Omar Madsen: Come on.
Ken Lee: Since you didn't get your exercise in this period, why don't you both drop and give me forty?
Sam Singleton: YES, SIR!
Omar Madsen: Uh... Forty? I can't, I have to...
Ken Lee: FIFTY for you, Omar!
Omar Madsen: Shit.
Ken Lee: And when you're done, CADET MADSEN, gimme five tours around the track. Physical fitness is an important component of cadets' education and training.
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And I quote: "It's Joyous...and just about.....
23 May 2012 | by (Arizona) – See all my reviews

Brotherhood and Love....and not about the bashing....and not about the hate....and not about the struggle. Because...I think we need more films like that....I think we need more things saying that Love is Universal....and it is beautiful, no matter what. And I'm really proud to be a part of this project."

(( These words are the heartfelt expressions of Matty Doyle (Glenn / Juliet), in preparing to give an encore rendition of "You Made Me Love You", at the following YouTube address: ))

Bringing life and passion to a 400+ year old play is a gutsy, yet potentially tricky endeavor. In doing so, Director Alan Brown had a "Nice" idea (he's had them before). BUT...will raw Shakespeare (let alone with a cast not-trained-in-Shakespeare) pull in everyday Gay viewers around the world? Time and return on expenses will tell. Though I personally hunger for the success of this film work, that "BUT" remains a potential killer for his efforts.

Still and all, if anything can keep this film work alive...and long will the touching, yet sizzling, Love Story given us by Seth Numrich (Sam / Romeo) and Matt Doyle (Glenn / Juliet). They hold absolutely nothing back in both their emotional and physical lovemaking. Their scenes together are oh-so-easy for this reviewer to play, and replay again.

BUT, now I must be honest...and say that about the basics of this Story---the basics of Shakespeare---I am ill-equipped to give you more. Yet, there is someone....someone from the several existing reviews of this film, whose deeply descriptive and perceptive words say it all. And those words belong to Rachel Schweissinger, and can be found in her May 19, 2012 review at, entitled: "Outstanding, Heartbreaking, Haunting, Beautiful". Do yourself a favor and read them.

PS--Thank you, Matt Doyle, for giving us a today's-rendition of "You Made Me Love You." It's right up there with another favorite---Harry Nilsson's 1973** track of that same song. And perhaps you'll consider another visit to "Feinsteins" and give us your go at R & J's true Signature Song: "Always" (the perfect lyrics for J. to sing to R.). Oh, and Harry needs the competition.

**Audio CD/MP3---"A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night"

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